Drawings in the summer rain 3

iPad drawing

I went to see the David Hockney Portraits exhibition at the Royal Academy. So admire how his first principle is to be contemporary. But it means there’s not as much detail as sometimes one would love to see. Especially with a master colourist like him. I remember his portraits done in crayon- a million years ago at a gallery in Paris. I’m a massive, massive fan. And he once sent me an email with a marvellous picture on it- but long before that I was a fan for life I think.

Santa Monica 1970

This is work in progress -from a group of boys by the beach in California, way back. iPad drawing. I drew this on 31st January – in the ancient Celtic Calandar that’s Imbolc – when Brigid the goddess of fire is recovering from giving birth to a young boy God. That’s a very old way of saying it’s the beginning of Spring. 



First Do No Harm – Hydrangea

I painted this on my computer and had it digitally printed with additional glazes. There are cameo portraits and a seal inserted too.

It’s the story of how the Hydrangea plant came to Britain, and its medicinal properties first discovered by the Cherokee. Near the bottom is the Hippocratic seal- which accompanies the Hippocratic oath of around 500 BCE, still in use today: “First do no harm…”

There’s information about Peter Collinson of Pekham who imported rare plants in the C18th  HERE