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.
It is hard to believe I have contributed 12 months worth of ‘stuff’ to the blogosphere. In fact it has become a bit of an opus in itself and feels strangely more than the sum of it’s parts. All the electronic processes that allow us to manipulate graphics, design websites and produce music and videos have become my new palette and has opened up a whole new toolbox for self-expression. The process is so much like part of my studio process that I now include it as part of my oeuvre.
Writing thoughts down forces me to think harder and be more self-critical. Trying to stick to a weekly post has forced me to come up with something new every time, and flipping through the pages, what surprises me is how much I have managed to say, see, do and record – even tho it’s wierdly back-to-front in this format. It has been a brilliant vehicle, acting as a sort of depository for fleeting thoughts, considered musings, ideas that have been floating around in the mish-mash of my head-space for years and finally given a comprehensive form – mostly. It is also a great way of showing off some of my photographs, drawings, paintings, videos and new iphone drawings.
87 posts published to date (that’s 1.67 per week to be precise), and three faithful followers thus far! In the space of a year its taken to create this blog I’ve seen my daughter happily married, my financial situation spiral into a precarious nose-dive, and my darling whippet Zeta – mother of our two ‘whippet’-snappers – nearly snuff it due to heart disease yet survive against the odds. This blog wasn’t intended to record my personal highs and lows but merely as a way of getting back into a working practice as an artist…a sort of visual diary, conceived as an ongoing project. A work in progress.
……no fireworks then and there will be none today! This post is written specifically for my followers to thank them for their loyalty…..and I give you my first published iphone drawing. Hope you like it?