Thursday, 19 January 2012

Learning from Hockney

Hockney's Spring mug at the Royal Academy
We visited the exhibition at the Royal Academy today, David Hockney: A Bigger Picture. Despite all the hype and his amazing PR machine, the work is stunning. The exhibition builds through the galleries, and we were becoming breathless half-way round with excitement and feeling overwhelmed by the colour, beauty, draughtsmanship and energy. Take time to sit and watch the 9-camera films. We began to get an inkling of how he sees the world. It's all about looking.

To save a string of superlatives, I've boiled down a few things I've learned today, that are good advice for any budding (or not so budding) creative:

Look
Look
Have no fear
of failure
of doing the same subject over and over again
Draw everything all the time
Use all media - charcoal, pencil, crayon, watercolour, pen and ink, oils, iPad, camera, film, digital...
Be prolific
Obsess
Look

Oh - and go and see the exhibition.