Acrylic on recycled cotton/poly twill
4" x 6"
I've been watching David Hockney on YouTube videos and also, here. I am so inspired by his studious, disciplined and eager approach to his work. At 70, he was painting en plein air in the English countryside on a daily basis; often at 5:00 a.m. and through all kinds of weather in every season. (If you click on the first link, be sure to click on "Larger View" beneath the painting so that you can see the same scene in all four seasons.) He wanted to find out what it was like to be painting in the midst of the landscape rather than painting from a photograph of a scene that he had found by looking through the aperture of a camera. More specfically, he wanted to know how the "seeing" of the scene would differ. During one year, he literally painted 350 paintings while out of doors! And talk about sketchbooks -- he definitely fills them. But he has the confidence to "sketch" directly on their pages with paintbrushes rather than pencils; a practice he also employs on his canvases.
Watching these videos was the perfect transition from a busy work week to a weekend that absolutely MUST include putting some paint on canvas!
Have a great weekend!!