Thursday, 25 April 2019

Hockney & Van Gogh, The Joy of Nature

Prompted by receiving my catalogue of the Hockney & Van Gogh exhibition, "The Joy of Nature" now on show at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, we turned to water-soluble coloured pencils.

This exhibition compares the work of David Hockney with that of his inspiration, Vincent van Gogh.  Below are examples from the catalogue

Hockney:  The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate 2011
oil on 32 canvases 365.8 x 975.4 cm

van Gogh:  Undergrowth with Two Figures 1890
oil on canvas 49.5 x 99.7 cm

Hockney: Woldgate Vista 2005
oil on canvas 61 x 91.4 cm 

van Gogh:  The Harvest 1888
oil on canvas 73.4 x 91.8 cm

Hockney:  Yorkshire April 04
pencil, ink & watercolour in sketch book [double] pages 14.6 x 41.9

We discussed selected images from the catalogue and considered the similarities between the artists' paintings.  

We looked at the images of Hockney's sketch books to get a feel of how sketch books could be used using a variety of media.     

We looked at a specific approach to using water-soluble coloured pencils.  

Then using landscape images from a book as a starting point, we... 
  • outlined the main shapes in pencil
  • added blocks of colour, making marks in the direction of the vegetation, rocks, water etc (dry on dry) 
  • wet the colour with brush and water
  • reworked dry on wet  
The lovely drawings are below.

Well done everyone! 


Derrick (unfinished)




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