With David Hockney’s eagerly awaited new exhibition, A Bigger Picture, just opening at the RA, and everyone clambering to see it, I am experiencing a bit of a dilemma at the moment. You see, I’ve already discovered the graphic delights of my iphone apps and realised the enormous potential this could have for a whole new area of my work. With Hockney showing 57 of his blown up iPad drawings printed onto paper, your usually peaceful stroll in the woods will now be peppered with a rash of artists behind nearly every tree preoccupied with drawing on their ‘devices’. The result of course will be an explosion of ‘copycat’ drawings from the artistic community….and rightly so, as more people discover just how amazing this new medium of drawing on a touchscreen device really is.
So my question is, how do we use this technology and still retain the individual mark of our own hand? Is it even possible, I wonder? David Hockney certainly seems to have been able to achieve this quite effortlessly.
Sadly, I won’t be able to make it to London to see the show….(grief)….but I am seriously considering renewing my membership to the RA. In the meantime, I will avoid the crowds and eagerly await my copy of the exhibition catalogue which I will be drooling over for the next few weeks! My dilemma: do I splash out now on an iPad 2, or wait until the new iPad 3 comes out, (with rumours that February might be a possible launch date) and then try and get one of the old models at a discounted rate? Decisions, decisions……in the meantime, I give you a ‘smaller picture‘ done using a combination of camera and drawing apps on my iphone. I hope you enjoy this latest addition to my ‘smaller picture’ collection.