Working from the old

I watched an documentary about the work of David Hockney.  It seems he walks around with a camera, smartphone and a notebook- making films, taking photos and drawing or writing on his smartphone or book.  He then uses these to make new interpretations of what he saw. He says that a painting is very different from a camera.  The camera only gives an impression and perhaps, the one only view. It is a dispassionate view while a painting is an emotional response and conveys some of that emotion to the viewer.  That is why the painting is so much more vivid and spiritual, even.  He sometimes takes older paintings or drawings and reinterprets those to give them a more contemporary feel.  So I revisited a 20 year old drawing and then drew it to give a new feel and interpretation.

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This time, I used the colour copier, chalk, pens and crayons to bring out a different aspect of that first painting.  The first one feels like it was done in cold weather while the new one is lively, fun and warm.  I quite like both of them! I gave the second one away as a present so I might do another version of it.  Old paintings can be used in so many ways.  Art is always open.

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