The thing that struck me most was the incredible vision - and I mean that literally - the ability to really, really see. In Freud's case, it feels as though he saw into people's very souls - including his own. In Self Portrait Reflection, it's as though he's almost looking his own mortality in the face. These are no traditional portraits - he only painted people who interested him. The time he took over every brushstroke is evident. But most of all, as a writer, I was blown away by his capacity for capturing character.
I was very impressed by his work on the ipad. Inspiring! I have the same Brushes app on mine but have found it very hard to produce anything other than clumsy daubs. Here are a couple I did of Munnar, where my next book is set. As you can see there is a certain lack of precision evident! Mr Hockney uses a stylus - so I'll have to investigate that option before completely giving up on it.