Alice in the rain

This is an excerpt that I love from the first page of David Hockney’s Dog Daysa book that is well worth taking a look at if you are interested in any of these: the work of Hockney,  working in a series, or painting dogs.

“I painted and drew my dogs.
This took a certain amount of planning, since dogs are generally not interested in art. (I say generally only because I have now come across a singing dog.) Food and love dominate their lives.
In order to draw them I had to leave large sheets of paper all over the house and studio to catch them sitting or sleeping without disturbance. For the same reason, I kept canvases and a fresh palette ready for times when I thought I could work. Everything was made from observation, so speed of execution was important. (They don’t stay long in one position and one knock on the door is enough to make them leap up; not very good models.)”



6 Comments on “Alice in the rain”

  1. Soni says:

    You know your drawing skills have taken a different type of leap lately – you’ve always drawn very well but this one has gone beyond

    All I can say is I feel – almost smell – this lovely creature as well as see it


  2. Bernadette says:

    Precious! I am a big fan of all your work but this one is an emotional response. I suppose because your emotional attachment comes through.
    Thank you for sharing.


  3. SusanA says:

    Love, love, love Alice. There’s so much personality in your sketches of her.


  4. You’ve out done yourself there. My heart just leaped.


  5. linder322 says:

    I, too, love your sketches of dear Alice.
    Alas, we cannot have dogs in our current apartment building. That may change in a few years!


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