11/12/06: The one on the left is inspired by the view from an apartment in San Diego’s yuppified Mission Valley area where we stayed this summer while waiting for our new house to be ready. The others are extrapolations. It’s funny: Over the weekend, I saw a watercolor in this one-canvas-several-pictures style. I thought it was too busy, so what’s the next thing I draw? This, of course.
Hockney, Caravaggio and the looking glass: This New Yorker article from a few years back is fascinating. It’s about the excellent LA painter David Hockney’s theory that, long before photography, many of the masters used lenses to project images to help them paint more realistically and in great detail. The content is illuminating, and it’s so well written that Hockney’s enthusiasm is contagious. I found it in this thread at the community blog Metafilter, about how some of the great Impressionists worked from photos.