Masters Study – Vincent Van Gogh

“Can anything be sadder than work unfinished? Yes, work never begun.”
– Christina Rossetti

Masters Study – Vincent Van Gogh

2.5″ x 3.5″  ATC – Gouache on Art Spectrum Colourfix

When I first started painting, again after a 30 year absence,  I joined an ATC exchange on WetCanvas where we studied the Masters.  I learned so much in this swap, because I have no formal art training.  I understood why they were the Masters while I was studying their paintings.   I did these in early 2008.  Since I haven’t been able to paint much in the last few days, I thought I would share some of these ATCs.  The original Van Gogh painting is here.

I had a great lesson with my new flight instructor yesterday.  I have renewed hopes for actually getting my private pilot’s license.  YAY! 😀

About Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti, the Victorian era English poet, is known for the melancholy themes in such poems as “Goblin Market” and “When I Am Dead.” She was born in 1830 in London to Italian-born parents. Her father was poet Gabriele Rossetti and her brother was the painter/poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti. She rejected two marriage proposals because, although she loved both men, neither shared her religious devotion. According to her brother, she wrote effortlessly and rapidly. She died in 1894.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alex Zonis
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 09:22:34

    This is brilliant! I really like it!


  2. Joan T
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 13:25:05

    Vinny would be proud!!! You did a great job on this. I missed that exchange.


  3. lesliepaints
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 13:17:14

    What fun and what a valuable exercise! Had I the time, right now, to set aside for it, I would try one. Future thought for future painting! When I did this exercise while learning to draw, it brought about respect for their accomplishments, taught me to look more at the subject and the mark making and made me wonder what the artist’s hand must have moved like to render such an image. We learn, all too soon, that we can only learn from another but never duplicate, exactly, their vision and feeling. Excellent rendition of this self portrait of Van Gogh? Have you ever tried to take this image and make it a “Beth”? I’ll bet it would be fantastic!!!! 🙂


    • Beth Parker
      Nov 02, 2010 @ 14:34:28

      Thanks so much, Leslie! Oh I would never dare make a “Beth” painting out of a Master’s. (gasp!) It might be frowned upon. I certainly did learn that the paintings that look like they would be simple to reproduce were, in fact, very difficult. It was fun to put my mind in a place so far back in time and see what true geniuses these artists were. I did 24 ATCs for that exchange, I think. It was quite a learning experience. 🙂


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