Van Gogh's influence…
I had a customer from the West Coast buy a few prints from me recently. They were sitting in my studio here in Pennsylvania. As I looked at them, I couldn't help but remember how I had this love relationship with Van Gogh's paintings. I bought books on his artwork, I read about him, I looked at his work closely with a magnifying glass, and lastly, I studied his 'color', 'flow', and pattern style of painting. The only issue (for me) was that I had customers that wanted reproduction artwork that was made with darker tones and primitive and NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT like VG. So I quickly got to work experimenting on how I could 'blend' the two.
I didn't want to 'copy' his work in a way that anyone would look at it and say "Van Gogh, " but I wanted his work to gently inspire me so that I could keep myself feeling good inside and keep my customers happy. BTW, I am not saying I could even paint like him~ I AM NOT CAPABLE of painting as WELL as Van Gogh. He was amazing and his way of painting was the gift that God gave to him and to us. His paintings evoke an emotion that is dreamy and 'feel good.' That part I would love to emulate. If somehow, I can make someone feel good in life, then I have accomplished my goal. I am useful. I contribute to society. That really is important to me.
I have this blue room in my house that I love. I throw a lot of nautical things in it for obvious reasons. I decided that these prints would look good against my blue and white ticking couch by ROWE furniture.
|Look at all the wonderful movement! (but in my style)|
|Robin Red Breast!|
|They busy Farmer has a vineyard...|
|The water with the boats says, "The Sound," and the wagon says, "Grapes for Wine"|