I loaded the back ground with a heavier mix of Ultra Marine Blue and Burnt Umber and used more turps to apply the wash than I usually do. Then I took a charcoal stub or blender and wiped away the drawing.
I am really getting into Van Gogh. I purchased the Complete Paintings of Van Gogh by Taschen a few weeks ago. It is a large book with every painting. Almost all in good color reproductions. The text is rather dry to read however the inclusion of quotes from Van Gogh's letters are very revealing. One fact I did not know is that Van Gogh actually studied from (Charles Bargues's two volume drawing exercises). It is one of the earliest home study courses and still available. He also met with Jules Breton.
I had Van Gogh on my mind the entire time I was painting this study. Hence the name. The little hatch marks on the front of the pencil sharpener is my little tip of the hat to Vincent. I tried to imagine being as poor as he was and still painting everyday. He must have used brushes that were worn and caked with paint and he probably never wasted or threw away any paint off his palette.
So, I tried to paint this with only the paint that was left on my palette and 2 old brushes. If Van Gogh were alive today I am sure he would be a daily painter with his own blog.