Vincent van Gogh
He certainly did didn't he?
I've recently rediscovered a book on Van Gogh and have enjoyed revisiting his life and his work. His paintings certainly did reflect his unabated passion. Almost frenzied brush strokes, intense colour and deep impasto as if he was trying to press the paint right into the soul of the viewer.
I'm also passionate about my work as a Professional Artist, I love colour and impasto but frenzy is not for me. When I paint a deep sense of calm takes over and I enter a different world. I could paint for days without a desire to eat or sleep and often imagine that this is what heaven must be like. I understand why many Artists create and say that it's not about selling their work, but living their passion. That's lovely if you don't need to make a living from Art but I do. For me, making a sale or running a successful class is my ultimate goal and I'm proud of it. I revel in the moment when a painting leaves my studio, wrapped with care like a child off for it's first day at school. As many of my sales take place on the internet these days, I then experience an agonizing wait while the parcel wings it's way to distant locations. Will my patron like the painting as much in the flesh as they did on the computer? I breathe a sigh of relief when I receive a note that says "I LOVE IT" as I did this week. Then I experience a sense of amazement thinking about a stranger who would trust me and the system enough to lay down their hard earned cash for a painting they have not seen, created by an Artist they don't know! Wow!
I also have a passion for teaching and I'm happy to pass on my knowledge to an excited class. This Saturday I met with the wonderful group of ladies who are registered for my next "Paint a Masterpiece" class; many already excellent Artists with different media who have attempted Acrylic painting but are unhappy with the results. As Airport security saw fit to relieve me of my Acrylic paint on the way (even though I checked and complied) and my regular products don't exist here, I've been testing new paint and medium ... freaky or what! The life of a Professional Artist is never dull!
So back to Van Gogh ...
I think I probably will die of passion thanks to this heady Artist's life, and what a way to go!