Vincent Van Gogh

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” Vincent Van Gogh

I have always been intrigued and inspired by Van Gogh. His images have become common place, everyone recognises ‘Sunflowers’ and so we have almost become immune to their beauty. Yet if you see them in the flesh, in a gallery, they come alive all over again. The thick strokes of paint, the bold colour and technique is striking and startling and breathtakingly refreshing. 

So many people have been inspired by his work and have responded with their own. At the exhibition I visited at the Tate, London a few years back, there was a whole room dedicated to paintings of sunflowers by other artist inspired by Van Gogh’s original work. He truly was a one off. Next time you see one of his paintings, look more closely and marvel at this genius ahead of his time.

“…and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?

Vincent Van Gogh

“Starry, starry night.

Paint your palette blue and grey.

Look out on a summer’s day.

With eyes that know the darkness in my soul.

Starry Night, written by Don MacLean and inspired by Van Gogh’s painting of the same title.

Van Gogh himself was inspired to paint Starry Night by Walt Whitman’s Noon to Starry Night. Isn’t creativity and inspiration fascinating, how one can inspire another and another an so on.