So I have done this quick sketch yesterday and funny coincidence today, the same theme was very close to #vangogh which I saw at the latest exhibition in #tatebritain
I always view Van Gogh as a classic ‘tragic romantic’ but the exhibition has shared a new light on him and took my appreciation of his talent to the new level. The most astonishing facts that I have found out:
1. He had very little formal art training.. He become an artist at the age of 27 after working as an art dealer for 4 years. He then live only 10 years before he died! (I love stories proving that you don’t need years of formal training to create something meaningful, original or genius).
2. His early style was fantastic.. Inspired by Japanese art (hello my new best friend!) he would use strong lines in ink plus touch ups of watercolour (a technique I really liked aesthetically and wanted to try for my ink sketches a few months back).
3. His famous thick brushstrokes style is also very beautiful when one can see it in person.. they radiate some sort of flow of energy. It’s very special. The famous sun flowers which I saw many times in #nationalgallery were also on display and after seeing his full journey, I have truly appreciated them in a new light.