This is a self-portrait by David Hockney, a mentor to me (he doesn't know it) and in my opinion one of the great innovators of our time.
Hockney has inspired me on so many levels over the years. He is prolific, creative, always exploring new mediums, and much too busy doing his art to be concerned about his critics.
After living in LA for many years, Hockney has returned to his roots, in Yorkshire, England.
I recently purchased this facsimile sketchbook of his, from 2004.
It is one of many he fills with dashed off impressions in pencil, pen, and watercolor. For me, a window into how the man thinks and sees. (detail)
A few weeks ago, as I was driving down to teach in South Jersey, I lived dangerously and did this scribble, with the sketchbook in my lap, in an attempt to capture shapes in the misty, early morning landscape.
Later that day I did this double-page watercolor sketch, using the earlier pen scratchings as an aid to capture not a specific place, but my lingering impression of the Jersey landscape.
This past Friday, while visiting my Dad, I could not resist setting up a kitchen chair at the edge of the field that I've now painted and photographed many times.
This watercolor took about forty-five minutes to paint. Spring is in the air, and thanks to Hockney, I'm off and running.
Born in Vineland, NJ, 1938. 1964 graduate, Philadelphia College of Art. Ten years as Illustrator/Designer, KYW-TV-3, & Mike Douglas Show. Painter, Illustrator, Arts Educator, Painting Workshop Instructor. Courtroom artist for all major TV networks. Former Chairman, Illustration Dept., Moore College of Art & Design, Phila. PA. Former Pres., Philadelphia Water Color Society. Married for 43 years to Louise Kates Ternay (deceased) my best friend, agent, & mother of our wonderful, talented sons Will, Pierce, & Mason.