Masters Study – Van Gogh Portrait of Joseph Roulin

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain;  If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Into it’s nest again, I shall not live in vain.”

–Emily Dickinson

Masters Study – Van Gogh Portrait of Joseph Roulin

2.5″ x 3.5″ Gouache on Art Spectrum Colourfix

This is my third Van Gogh study.  The other two are here and here.  The original Van Gogh painting is here.

Looking back at these, reminds me that I should do more.   The other Masters that I studied on ATCs are John James Audubon, Edgar Degas, Edward Hopper, Emile Bernard, Fernando Puiqaudeau, George Seurat, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, and Paul Gauguin.  Can you imagine?  😀

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1830. She attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, but severe homesickness led her to return home after one year. Throughout her life, she seldom left her house and visitors were scarce. The people with whom she did come in contact, however, had an enormous impact on her thoughts and poetry. She was particularly stirred by the Reverend Charles Wadsworth, whom she met on a trip to Philadelphia. He left for the West Coast shortly after a visit to her home in 1860, and some critics believe his departure gave rise to the heartsick flow of verse from Dickinson in the years that followed. While it is certain that he was an important figure in her life, it is not certain that this was in the capacity of romantic love—she called him “my closest earthly friend.” Other possibilities for the unrequited love in Dickinson’s poems include Otis P. Lord, a Massachusetts Supreme Court Judge, and Samuel Bowles, editor of the Springfield Republican.  More on Emily Dickinson here.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol King
    Nov 05, 2010 @ 22:18:32

    Super duper cool! I love the background too.


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  3. lesliepaints
    Nov 04, 2010 @ 09:41:04

    Good job, once again, Beth. Wow. You have done a lot of Master studies. I don’t think I could do all that in a lifetime.
    Did you do “Potato Eaters”? I remember the fist time I saw that. One of my favorites of his early works.
    Hope flying, yesterday, was a blast! I think of you when I see a small plane overhead. There is a private airport near me, so I do see them and wonder if you are flying at that time. 🙂


    • Beth Parker
      Nov 04, 2010 @ 11:04:19

      Thanks, Leslie! I didn’t do Potato Eaters. I don’t think I knew about that one when I did these. It’s a cool painting!

      I did have a blast on Monday and Wednesday, flying! I go again Friday morning. I am so happy to finally have a chance to leave the pattern and do maneuvers. It’s way cool! Wednesday, we practiced slow flight. It’s almost like you’re hovering. I got as slow as 40 knots and still stayed at 3000 feet. Awesome!


  4. Joan T
    Nov 04, 2010 @ 09:26:39

    Super job!!! I love that you did the Van Gogh’s! He’s one of my favorites.


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