Van Gogh Journal Pages 61 & 62
These two pages were a lot of fun to do. I glued one of Vincent’s self-portraits to the left page along with snippets of his writing and drawings. The colored pieces are from some of my scrap pieces of used palette paper. I added small bits of blue to offset the red in Vincent’s beard. Then I wrote a quote of his which says,
“I prefer to have one hundred francs a month and the freedom to spend it just as I like than to have two hundred francs without this freedom.”
On the right page is a photo of his sister, Willemina. Vincent frequently used her as a model when he first began drawing portraits. They had a close relationship and wrote each other letters frequently. However, several years after Vincent’s unexpected death, she had a severe mental breakdown and was in an asylum in Holland until she died at the age of 79. I felt sad when I learned this. It seems the Van Gogh family had many mental health issues. But I am still so thankful that Vincent chose to channel his mind into something so positive as his art.
Have a wonderful day! 😀