Wednesday 27th October 2021
Granddaughter Katie is 10!
We had a trip to Salts Mill - a famous "destination" which includes exhibition of many David Hockney paintings. My third visit. Nostalgia for me. Hockney was a contemporary of mine at Bradford Grammar School albeit a year ahead of me. Later he was a familiar sight pushing an old baby's pram round Bradford full of paintings and easels. It was rumoured that on receiving his "O" Level maths paper he scrawled across it "I can't do maths but I can draw" and so he did.
Our reason for the visit is that Katie is showing some talent for art. Even at her age she has had discussions about further education in that direction with her teachers.
We lunched in Salts Diner. The paper napkins had a logo of a dog printed, our waitress had no knowledge of the derivation. Our ever present mobile phones were asked to search. 'Tis Stanley, David H's pet dachshund doodled by him on a napkin during a visit to Salts.
Katie is constantly inventive and finds endless ways of entertaining herself. Stanley was seized upon, in what one may think macabre fashion, but not so, with tenderness Katie knifed into Stanley's middle and informed us he was having an operation. The story continued with various stages of stitching up, recuperation, convalescence and tender care. I think all this emanated from a recent wound sustained by Aunty Kate's Springer Spaniel with a similar backstory which Katie has been involved with.
The Stanley saga continued even on the car journey home when Stanley was passed to Mum for careful care when Katie anticipated nodding off.
I was once again massively impressed with the Hockney paintings and in particularly those painted fairly recently using the iPad. I have created my own modest efforts using Photoshop Elements on my iMac.
What a super day out with Katie and Mum. Katie was a pleasure to be with the whole day and I think absorbed some of the significance and importance of the art.
|Katie views a chair constructed from a sort of anti-perspective Hockney painting|
|Katie and David|
|Watching an illuminated show of some of the iPad paintings. Stunning.|
|Just part of the exhibition of iPad paintings depicting the coming of Spring.|
|For BC - this one reminded me of the ex-WW2 ammunition dumps we found north of Dolphinholme:|