"Remembering Van Gogh"
8 x 6, oil on linen
An artist friend of mine, Barbara Davis, suggested we all paint sunflowers to celebrate Van Gogh's birthday tomorrow (Friday, March 30). I thought this would be a nice break from some of the other work that I'm doing right now. This is actually painted from a portion of a larger painting of Van Gogh's Sunflowers from 1888.
Here's a pre-painting photo of my palette with pre-mixed piles of Van Gogh's colors. I also included the back of the coffee table book that I used to match the colors.
I find it amazing and sad that Van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime. How did he keep on?? I guess he didn't have the internet constantly showing him other folks successes and failures... he just painted because he was an artist, regardless of sales, awards, or recognition.
I recently submitted my work into the newly formed Women Painters of the Southeast show, and was declined. It was truly hard on me. I didn't paint for several days. I only told a few close friends about it, but now I'm letting you all know. I think it was a good thing that I was rejected, because it made me realize that I need to paint because I'm an artist, period. If I put my love and my joy into a painting, someone, somewhere, will love it and find joy in it. Just like I love Van Gogh's paintings. Now I'm not sharing this with you to get sympathy... I'm sharing it because I know there are more of you out there.... struggling to "make it" as an artist, and struggling to remember the reason you started painting in the first place.
I'd like to think if Van Gogh was alive today, that no matter what, if I saw one of his paintings and he wasn't "well known" and in shows and magazines, that I would still be drawn to his work and buy one of his paintings... or if I couldn't afford one, to at least tell him, "You Rock!"
Painting in progress....