Alice in the rainPosted: May 15, 2017
This is an excerpt that I love from the first page of David Hockney’s Dog Days, a 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.)”