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Study of the color elements of Van Gogh’s Blossoming Almond

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Vincent Van Gogh, who died so young, is one of the painters that most inspire me. And amazingly, I continue to find paintings of his that are new to me. This wonderful painting really caught my attention. I couldn’t get it out of my head. So without looking at his painting, I tried to emulate the colors and contrast of it. That resulted in this little study:turq And well, I want to try again!
How did he get all that energy by using that ONE color?
Unfortunately this is showing up on Facebook with only Vincent Van Gogh’s painting showing. I did not mean to deceive people into thinking I did that painting!

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  1. IntenseGuy
    May 28th, 2014 at 10:35 | #1

    This is an interesting contrast of styles!

    I like Vincent Van Gogh’s work (and Claude Monet) but to be honest, I like your version better.

    The dark and bright stripes that gives Van Gogh’s work a “knobbiness” is not “life-like” and seem to express his “tortured soul” more that what he is looking at.

  2. May 28th, 2014 at 10:35 | #2

    Dear Mimi, like you and “Leslie,” I find Van Gogh inspiring. Also Winslow Homer. I also like Norman Rockwell and El Greco and Matisse. Lots of painters who have influenced the way I look at paintings–both watercolors and oil.

    Your use of color seems evocative to me. I would think that you or any artist could learn so much by studying the masters–their mastery of color and their paint brush strokes. Writers surely are always encouraged to read a lot and thus learn from other writers. Peace.

  3. May 28th, 2014 at 09:51 | #3

    Beautiful color! I like Van Gogh, too. Another favorite? Winslow Homer.

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