Tuesday, December 19, 2006

daily painting practice 111 - Van Gogh's Pencil

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.
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Van Gogh's Pencil
oil on masonite

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.


Parisbreakfasts said...

You DO have a vivid imagination Peter :)
Like likes like!
And you paint the most quotidienne objects.
How many I times did I use the excuse, I need to sharpen my pencil, to get up from my school desk and walk over to the window..
Merci for the memory

Anonymous said...

lovely story Peter, and a sweet painting. Funny that Vincent is still so popular yet his grave is so desolated, .....


Anonymous said...

Sorry link doesn't work anymore,
here a new one:



I enjoy the broard, planar, paint handling in this one! --Has a very immediate quality to it...sense of urgency that parallels Van Gogh's way of thinking.