David Hockney, Pool Star!

Channeling David Hockney and his Swimming Pools –138

So…Who is David Hockney???

David Hockney  

Known for his photo collages and paintings of Los Angeles swimming pools, David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

Born in Bradford, England, in 1937, David Hockney attended art school in London before moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s. There, he painted his famous swimming pool paintings. In the 1970s, Hockney began working in photography, creating photo collages he called joiners. He continues to create and exhibit art, and in 2011 he was voted the most influential British artist of the 20th century.

Check out these David Hockney Pool Paintings…


“Lithograph of Water Made of Thick and Thin Lines and a Light Blue Wash and a Dark Blue Wash” 1978 

“Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” 1972

We needed “BIG” Art to fill the Florida House and we needed it on a BUDGET…

With David Hockney as our inspiration for the sunlight  reflecting on the water painting, we tried creating our own Pool Painting masterpiece…

Here’s What We Did:



  • 8 canvases (11 x 14) creates about a 44 x 28 masterpiece.
  • Pastel crayons (All colors – for the figures and pool toys)
  • White Pastel crayon for the reflecting lines in the water.
  • Acrylic paint in Blues and Greens (for the water)
  • Paintbrush


With the pastels, draw a figure in a bathing suit….crazy hair swirling around the head creates the cool effect of being in water.  Add a pool float.

Draw white squiggly lines around the figure. (This is the sunlight water reflections)

Paint a wash of blue and green over and around the figures.

Once dry, hang each canvas side-by-side to create one large swimming pool.



TA-DAH….Stand Back and Admire the MAGIC!




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