Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holiday cards -- art from the iPad

 This year's holiday cards based on my iPad drawing
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
For me this has been a very David Hockney influenced
year.  Two wonderful interviews with Hockney on CBC
Radio done when the artist was having his iPad art show
 here in Toronto at the Royal Ontario Museum inspired me.
You can read about them on my blog if you click here.
One influenced me to draw on my iPad -- something
I hadn't done until I listened to Hockney.   Then his
discussion about filling a wall, the challenges of scale
really made me want to go big.  Looking at his work
on his website and seeing how he breaks really large work
down influenced my latest show -- and the biggest 
painting I've done -- so far.  Indirectly Hockney
taught me so much in 2012.

I decided to make my Christmas card from one of
my iPad drawings of the lane at the top of our street.
When we walk our dog, we cut through this lane to
avoid the traffic on the main street.  One beautiful
day I drew the lane from a photo and loved how the
iPad allowed me to pack so much colour into the image.
Drawing with my finger was interesting, and forced
me to be loose and playful.  I was pleased with the
results and even more pleased when Ellen at St.
Clair Printing and Graphics did such a great job
turning the image into colourful cards.

Have a making-your-art-into-cards day.


Liza Hirst said...

This painting does really make beautiful Christmas cards. It is so fully winter, and to me it has a very Canadian feel to it. Lovely.
I wish you and Stephen, Sam, Christopher and Megan a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Lots of love from London to all of you, Liza

Unknown said...

Hallo Barbara! Love your ipad painting cards. They are so appropriate since as you say you have had such a David Hockney inspired year. Have a wonderful holiday season. xoxo

Unknown said...

oh yes, i forgot to mention that my blog address has changed, I'm now at: sallychupick.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

WHOPPS!! eRrorr in that last message, its blogspot.ca ....not .com

Melinda said...

They look great! What a treat. You are very generous.

Hope you are having a good day in the studio.

Warm hugs!

Flora Doehler said...

These are so lovely Barbara! All your work is inspiring and these ipod creations are wunderbar.
I wish you and your men a very Merry Christmas and a happy, happy new year that brings you success and peace and joy!
xoxooxo Love, love from Flora xooxxo

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day. Yes it is Canadian -- the lane at the top of our street -- somewhat glorified in colour. But the scene down that lane with its huge beautiful tree, frequently take my breath away. Merry Christmas to you and Hubert, Henri and Cosmo.
Love to all of you

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Merry Christmas to you and your family. I hope you are having a glorious holiday. It has certainly been a Hockney inspired year. Happy painting. I love your work.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

It's Boxing Day here, and I am taking one day off - maybe. Maybe not. The urge to get back to work is huge. Maybe I need therapy.

Hope you are having a great time with your family.

Hugs back at you,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

Here's to a year of peace, joy, love,
travel and big, big sales.

All coming to you. Love to Larry and the kids and animals,


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A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!