I am obsessed with Vincent van Gogh. I am confident he does not want to be called Vin, or Vinny, but says “stick with Vincent”. I see his artwork and I find myself staring, head tilting, eye squinting and more staring. What were you thinking I ask, what were you seeing when you painted like this? I have my theory. I’ll shoot it out of the gate now, so we can move on to where this adventure is headed. Energy. I believe when Vincent van Gogh quieted himself, he SAW energy, and felt its vibration, and captured it. When you look at some of his sketches, you can see his “style”, but it is his use of color that brings me into his work.
I have not read his biography. I have heard the cliff notes version. Always loved Don McClean’s sad song Vincent (albeit it was years before I knew what it was about. First hearing it as a angst freshman in high school, the chords were right). Though an avid reader, I have chosen to learn about him through his art. It calls to me. I imagined myself standing with him on a wildly landscaped street with bright-colored buildings. A café of course. We stood together and I was telling him the story about the Doctor Who episode with the sunflowers, while we looked at the portrait itself and he was amused. That is when I decided to have conversations with Vincent, and enjoy his work more personally.
It was that episode of Doctor Who that brought Vincent to life for me. That is when I began to think of him as someone I knew, not a piece of history. Previously, I just loved his work. (Note to reader. We love Doctor Who. We have a life-sized Tardis in our back yard, and our cat’s scratch toy is a four foot Dalek. Our holiday cards are Doctor Who themed with my family as characters. We be Whovians and we be proud).
Van Gogh: It’s color! Color that holds the key! I can hear the colors. Listen to them. Every time I step outside I feel nature is shouting at me. “Come on! Come and get me!” “Come on! Come on! Capture my mystery!”
The Doctor: Maybe you’ve had enough coffee now. How about some nice calming tea?
There are some wonderful sites about him, but I am going to count on The Van Gogh Gallery as my traveling partner. Wherever this leads, it’s about seeing and listening. Don’t go playing the Looney Tunes theme for me yet. Spend some time with us and let see how it unfolds.
Grab a tissue.. here’s Don McClean’s ” VINCENT“, sometimes known as starry night. I have heard a lot of covers of this, but this is the one that vibrates in my heart.click me