Inspired by David Hockney’s use of the iPad for painting, I bought one, loaded it up with the free app “Brushes” and set to work. I find that the iPad is just great for en-plein-air colour notes and for generally interacting with the landscape – setting my mind to pause-and-reflect on landforms and colour.
Here are some examples of my iPad paintings done in Central Australia in June of 2015, on a nostalgic re-visit to some of my old painting haunts from the 1970s-80s. My last visit had been in 1993.
These paintings are basically quick colour sketches, sometimes of fleeting light effects. I hope you enjoy them!
CENTRAL AUSTRALIA JUNE-JULY 2015 –
iPad paintings © Vicki Powys
Mt. Gillen, Alice Springs, 21 June 2015, 3 pm.
Near Trephina Gorge, East Macdonnell Ranges, 27 June 2015, 3 pm.
Last light on the Sundial, Finke Gorge National Park, 29 June 2015, dusk.
Mt. Hermannsburg, James Range, 1 July 2015, noon, as seen from Hermannsburg Mission. This mountain was a favourite subject of Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira.
West Macdonnell Ranges, blue light, 1 July 2015, 3 pm.
West Macdonnell Ranges, pink light, 2 July 2015, 4 pm.
Near Jays Creek, West Macdonnell Ranges, 3 July 2015, 11 am.
Mt. Sonder, blue light, West Macdonnell Ranges, 3 July 2015, 3 pm.
Mt. Sonder, dawn, West Macdonnell Ranges, 4 July 2015, 7 am.
Glimpse of Mt. Sonder, West Macdonnell Ranges, 5 July 2015, 10 am.
Heavitree Ranges & Ghost Gums near Ormiston Gorge, 3 July 2015, 5 pm.
A glimpse of Mt. Giles, part of Ormiston Pound, 7 July 2015, noon.
Brinkley’s Bluff, West Macdonnell Ranges, 7 July 2015, 3 pm.