Hockney: A Bigger Picture

Posted: May 24, 2012 in nature poems, Poetry

Tonight Victoria at dversepoets has laid down the challenge about stream of conscious writing. Recently I went to see David Hockney’s incredible exhibition at the Royal Academy and straightaway sat down and wrote straight from my mind. This was the result word for word from my notebook which I plan ultimately to work into a poem .. but love the stream format for teasing out those raw first impressions.


Vibrant, nature-defying colours smearing Yorkshire’s fields, hills, tracks. A rainbow hue storming across canvas in room after room. Locked away in the sombre grey elegant skin of the Royal Academy, this riot flows from gallery to gallery, people swarming like bees round the honey pots of colours. Drawing into themselves a conflict of English scenes and riotous colours.

  1. claudia says:

    ah…love this…love to visit exhibitions and galleries..so much vibrancy and emotions that often just jump at me from the paintings..can’t wait to read what cool poems this will spark…enjoyed your stream of consciousness..a lot..

  2. brian miller says:

    smiles…i like the inclusion of riot…that makes the paintings def seeming alive and rebellious, maybe against the grey you know…and bees and honey pots…ha i like very visual…cool visit man…

  3. Really love your version of Hockney, do you know David Batchelor’s book Chromophobia? You may enjoy it.

  4. Saw this last time I was in London and was right there again!

  5. Amazing when exhibitions inspire us so much we feel the urge to write about them and describe them.
    Lovely and, lucky you to have been able to go and see it.

  6. Paul, I’m not sure you need to do much “teasing” as this already reads so poetically and, indeed, feeds right into the prompt. Have to confess a bit of envy–I would love to see that exhibit. As far as that goes, I would love to visit London!

  7. shanyns says:

    Very nicely done…this is very good.

  8. marousia says:

    Lovely – I am a fan of Hockney too – I look forward to seeing the poem you propose 🙂

  9. kaykuala says:

    You’ve captured the beauty of it just roaming around the hallway, Paul! The inspiration arising from the notes and ideas forthwith would be a treasure trove to pick from! Great!


  10. Sweet little rainbow filled pallets! Your name confuses me Cymraeg? Hahaa really enjoyed the hue of your words x

  11. chris says:

    Love it just the way it is, or with only very minor shaping. It’s all there, and the flow makes me feel like I’m moving from room to room in the gallery, following the riotous colour.

  12. hypercryptical says:

    Can’t wait until your wonderful words morph into a poem…

    Anna :o]

  13. Mama Zen says:

    This is beautiful just as is is!

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