BETH LOVES – DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE NGV

Much of the east coast of Oz is battling through grey, rainy conditions right now as an ex-tropical cyclone makes its way off the coast.

So – a good dose of colour is in order today. And that means one thing – it’s time for a meeting of the David Hockney fan club. Who’s excited??

David Hockney is quite simply a living legend of the art world. This summer the NGV in Melbourne featured over a thousand of his works from the last decade.

Incredibly many of his latest pieces, including some stunning large Yosemite landscapes, were actually drawn on an ipad!

For me, this is type of art I really love. Nothing too political about it, just works full of colour that celebrate nature and feel vibrant and alive.

Here are 10 of my favourite images –

The exhibition starts with a room of iPhone and ipad drawings, many on backlit screens making them appear super vibrant.

There’s an abundance of still lifes, sunsets and flowers. All beautiful and whimsical.

I loved the Arrival of Spring pieces drawn in 2011 in East Yorkshire. The pieces have a really peaceful and hopeful feeling about them.

The Yosemite collection is flat-out amazing. Again, drawn on an ipad which is phenomenal.

You can’t really tell here but these are enormous pieces, taking up almost the entire gallery walls.

This one might be the most impressive piece in the exhibition. The drawing is presented on a group of 55 inch screens, which are animated to show the actual drawing process.

The final room of the exhibition features The Four Seasons – a display of 4 high def video pieces captured from equipment mounted to the artist’s car while driving in the countryside.

Here’s Spring –

And Autumn –

If you missed the exhibition in person, but would like to see more you can buy the book here. I promise you it makes one gorgeous coffee table book.

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THREE THINGS NOT TO MISS IN THE MISSION DISTRICT

The Mission. Great culture, amazing food, so much to see.  Really – you’re just bragging now San Francisco.  Granted, not in a Taylor Swift on Independence Day kinda way – more like a Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her natural state kind of way, because you can’t help it if you’re amazing and we get that.  And we love you.  And we love Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Here’s our top 3 things not to miss in The Mission.

1 – The Murals

The architecture of San Fran is gorgeous, period. Even in the late afternoon light it’s stunning.

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The murals in The Mission bring an additional hit of life and colour.  They make the streets sing.  It’s like Melbourne’s Hosier Lane on steroids, if Hosier Lane (admittedly, home to our beloved Movida) was jam packed with super cool, authentic Mexican eateries.

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