Van Gogh Journal Pages 31 & 32

 

Hello Friends!

I started these two pages out by painting them with Golden Titan Buff acrylic paint. Next, I mixed some Golden molding paste with Liquitex pink acrylic paint and stenciled on the swirls. Then I used Golden Green Gold fluid acrylic to stencil on the other design and mixed it with some yellow and painted on the flowers.

Next I mixed some Golden Ultramarine Blue fluid acrylic with a little pink and painted on the rest of the background. I used all the colors to paint over Vincent’s self-portrait and lastly, added a few stickers and smudged in some more blue.

This was a fun one, too, as all of the pages have been. I hope you are all staying well!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Spontaneous Spring!

 

Hello Friends!

This is a spur-of-the-moment painting I did in a different art journal. I just wanted to use up the extra paint and acrylic ink I had used on my last Van Gogh journal pages. So it was fun!

I will be posting my next two pages tomorrow that I did yesterday. But I thought flowers and birds would be a springy Friday post! I hope you are all doing well!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Van Gogh Journal – Pages 29 & 30

Hello Friends!

Yesterday, I decided to create these pages with a Japanese theme. I thought about what I wanted to do on these pages for days.

I have always loved Vincent’s painting called “Japonaiserie – The Tree (After Hiroshighe).” I made a copy of it to use the Japanese lettering on the left page.

Then I also used the Japanese people in the background of his painting called “Le Pere Tanguy.” I really love that he put them in his background to look like paintings hanging on the wall behind where his friend sat.

I used teal acrylic paint for the background and some muted turquoise acrylic ink for the darker blue. Then I drew and painted the Lotus flower and leaves with acrylic inks also. The rest is washi tape in a couple of patterns and the little black bird is cut from a piece of washi tape.

I had a ton of fun creating these pages! I am working on a couple of other things at the moment, too. I hope you are all having a great week!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

 

Van Gogh Journal So Far…

Hello Friends!

Here is a video of my journal so far!

And here are my latest two pages…

I copied photos of several of Vincent’s paintings that he did during “The Hague Period.”

For the background I painted the pages with Liquitex Raw Sienna acrylic ink. I love how bright it is! Then I picked these pictures and after arranging them, glued them down with Liquitex Matte Medium.

Next I accented some highlights in the photos with the Raw Sienna acrylic ink. Lastly, I used Liquitex Muted Green acrylic ink to emphasize Vincent’s eyes in his self-portrait and add the words and accents around the pictures.

I enjoy the process of looking through all of the books I have about Vincent van Gogh to get ideas for how I want to create my journal pages. Especially since I always approach each page spread intuitively. Working spontaneously feeds my inspiration.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Van Gogh Journal Pages 27 & 28

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday, I decided to do two more pages in my Van Gogh journal. I made the portrait of Vincent into him looking like a priest. Why? He grew up in the Protestant Dutch Reformed Church in Groot-Zundert, in the North Brabant region of the Netherlands where his father was a pastor. He went to the University of Amsterdam to study theology and planned on becoming a priest. He studied hard but failed his seminary entrance exam. This was hard for him, because he wanted to help people. He loved God, and he loved people. He believed God had called him to be a pastor like his father. But thank God it didn’t work out; otherwise we wouldn’t have his incredible work today!

He did love people, though. When he went out to draw and paint, he often drew laborers, field workers, weavers, and many other people. He cared deeply about how they struggled to make a living especially after he decided to pursue art for his own life’s work. He knew he couldn’t buy art supplies without the financial support of his brother, Theo. This was difficult for him, but he and Theo loved each other very much. Vincent appreciated everything his big brother did for him. I think this is why he tried so hard to become a success and hoped to sell his work.

Obviously, I have depicted him as a Catholic priest, but that was because I just watched a movie called “Puzzle” the other night. The woman in the story is a struggling Catholic and is shown with ashes on her forehead for Ash Wednesday in a scene. That’s where that idea came from. The black and white photo in the corner is of a painting Vincent painted of his father.

And the girl on the left-hand page is a copy of a girl I drew in charcoal on cardboard last year. The quote below her says:

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else, is the greatest accomplishment.”   –Ralph Waldo Emerson–

Some of the other random pieces of collage are from copies of some of Vincent’s art as well as my own. I prepared the pages with some black and white gessos and also put some gold and green acrylic inks in places. The “spiral” in the middle is from a copy of some of my art with the sketchbook wire. I liked adding that in! This was fun as usual.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Van Gogh Journal Pages 25 & 26

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I was inspired to paint these two pages similar to a scene from The Walking Dead t.v. show. I like the parts of the theme song that shows the lone walker going through the field and the crows in the tree. So that’s what I was thinking about when I painted this. I was also thinking about Vincent’s painting called “Wheat Field with Crows.”

First, I painted the pages with Golden’s Absorbent Ground. It is a medium that when applied to any surface, enables one to paint on surfaces that are not normally made to acceptwatercolor paint. Then I also used some acrylic inks.

The second picture is the view of this journal from the side as it lies flat on a table. It’s getting pretty thick!

This was a fun spread to paint!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Van Gogh Journal Pages 23 & 24

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday morning I was reading “The Te of Piglet” by Benjamin Hoff. Just reading and writing in a different journal inspired me to do these pages in my Van Gogh journal.

I enjoy collaging intuitively. Not having a plan in mind helps me relax and take my time and think about design and color.

On the right page is one of Vincent’s “Self-Portrait with Straw Hat” paintings. The left page at the bottom says this painting was done in Paris in the summer of 1887. It was oil on canvas, mounted on wood. But it was only 34.9CM x 26.7 CM. which is small.

I love this painting of his, so I decided not to alter it. After I collaged the pages, I mixed some Golden’s Hansa Yellow Light fluid acrylic paint with some matte medium to make it more transparent and painted the white spaces. I also am enjoying using pallet paper with dried acrylics on it. I never know how they are going to come in handy for a project which is fun!

Lastly, after thinking about it for awhile, I printed the words REFLECTION and MUSE on the left page and PONDER and SEE on the right page since these are things I have been doing more of these days.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Vincent Van Gogh Journal Pages 21 & 22

 

CLOSE-UPS

 

 

 

Hello Friends!

I created these pages last night and thought about what I wanted to write on them this morning. So when I posted these on instagram, this is the message I shared:

These pages are dedicated to Vincent and all of us who have been called “crazy” or have been looked down on because we are “different.” Personally, I am not in the very large group of people who are LGBTQ, but I have relatives and friends who are. I love them for being courageous enough to be who they were born to be in spite of narrow-minded people who abuse and even shun them. Yet I am different in other ways and was made to feel “crazy” most of my life. But CREATIVE and ARTISTIC PEOPLE are not “crazy” or so “different” that those who think of themselves as “normal” should shun us for who we are and what we believe. I think everyone just desires to be loved and accepted for who we are. Love one another. 😀❤

Many think that Vincent van Gogh may have been bipolar. This is a possibility, but we will never know for sure. So why guess? I think he was born with an amazing creative mind and developed a very compassionate heart throughout his life. But so much of society and the more “elite” artists of his day shunned him and didn’t want his art to be shown alongside theirs in galleries, that he was left feeling isolated, depressed, and in despair. How differently his life may have turned out if he had been and felt accepted by those who knew him and saw him sketching and painting every day. But at least he had the support of his brother, Theo.

And how different our world would be if humankind could just accept and love one another for who we are meant to be. So my encouragement to you today is: You don’t have to change your personal beliefs. But be open-minded to those who live and believe differently than you do. Help make our world a better and safer place for us all. Thanks for reading.

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Van Gogh Journal Pages 19-20

Hello Friends!

I had SO MUCH FUN creating these pages! You may notice that I transformed Vincent into a Lynx! You may also recognize the Lynx drawing as the one I drew in pencil a while back. Yes, he’s the same one. But I decided to give his fur the orangey color of Vincent’s facial hair and his bright blue eyes. I didn’t do too much to the background except add some teal and Payne’s Grey acrylics that resemble the type of lines he painted, and I used a small makeup sponge to paint some teal and yellow-green shapes around the bottom.

On the left page I  used acrylics, stencils, and a copied portion of my husband’s kindergarten report card that he found the other day! His teacher wrote in the Comments section, “Has to be corrected a little too often for running in the room and other things which he knows he shouldn’t be doing. He enjoys seeing what he can get away with.” Ha ha! But to be fair, she also wrote at the bottom “A very special boy!” (I just didn’t include that part.) But he’s still special and still has that boyish charm!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

Van Gogh Journal Pages 17-18

Hello Friends!

I am so glad this book I made into an art journal is only 7″ x 8.5″! Of course, once I got started, it only took me about an hour to do these two pages. Tomorrow I will post the next two pages. I created a total of four yesterday.

I found some off-white paper that I can copy things from my other Van Gogh books onto, so the paper looks somewhat aged. I really like it!

On the left page I painted the background with fluid acrylics of orange and green, each mixed with matte medium to make them more transparent. Then I used the matte medium to glue down small pieces of floral, blue, and peach tissue papers, and a little music.

Then I copied a picture of a painting Vincent did out of one of my books about him and glued it down.

Next I used some fluid acrylics to create drips, respectfully Gold and Paynes Grey. And that was a fun page!

On the other page I painted the background light and medium shades of green and a little red-orange. I glued down more ephemera, painted over Vincent’s portrait a little, and applied more drips.

I really am enjoying making this journal! I listened to some Moody Blues and Native Ameican flute music while I worked. It was quite nourishing for my soul.

Have a wonderful day! 😀

 

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