- Van Gogh is the sort of son I hope I never have, the ne'er do well was living with his parents when he was thirty.
- He was self-taught
- He voluntarily checked into an asylum after cutting off his ear lobe (sort of like voluntary artist rehab) -- who knows if he meant to cut off his own ear lobe, after all, he had the razor blade out to threaten fellow artist Gaugin. Dummy.
- He was almost 3D with his paint. Note to self, buy more thick, globby paint and plan on using a lot.
But so far, I'm sort of . . . well, disappointed. That site I mentioned lists 854 paintings, or something like that, and his quality -- to me -- seems rather uneven, in comparison to Sargent. With Sargent, I felt like I could really learn something from every piece. Not so with Van Gogh. And plus, Sargent seemed to have a sense of humor, which I appreciated. Van Gogh decided to dress like a poor dude and wander around telling people that he was the painter of the peasants while having epileptic seizures that caused mental disorders. He must've been great at dinner parties.
But I still found some fodder that interested me, such as:
I know, I know, too many links, Maggie, we're lazy . . . well, I can't save images from that website or I would've shown them to you here. I have a vague idea what I might try doing, but just wait til you get a load of what sort of prep work Van Gogh did . . . . http://www.vggallery.com/drawings/p_1540.htm
Oh, and for crying out loud, would you guys check out my minis at my Las Vegas gallery? I'd love to offer them on eBay but unfortunately they are having fun out west instead. . .