this is what i'm doing on some of my blank pages instead of adding photos. this is one of V.V.G.'s lesser known paintings – oleanders 1888
and here's what MMOA has to say about it:
For Van Gogh, oleanders were joyous, life-affirming flowers that bloomed "riotously" and were "continually renewing" themselves. In this painting of August 1888, the flowers fill a majolica jug that the artist used for other still lifes made in Arles. They are symbolically juxtaposed with Émile Zola's La joie de vivre, a novel that Van Gogh had placed in contrast to an open Bible in a Nuenen still life of 1885.
except i forgot to add a title to the book. i think i'll add van gogh – the life since i'm reading it right now. i read the beginning in a park the other morning and wished i had a tissue with me. his isolation and rejection from his parents and especially his mother is heartbreaking. i wonder how much of his later torment could be traced back to those early years. i'm betting a lot.
have you ever seen a prettier napkin? i saved it from my lunch at a pub. then i used this document holder (from a package of 4) i found at the van gogh musem, as an overlay. i'm also using them as pockets.
i remember the night i painted these house numbers into my sketchbook. sitting in front of those canal windows is permanently etched into my memory. today as i write this i'm in front of more open windows. this time in my art room which looks out onto the porch. when i finish here i'm moving this laptop out of my way and opening up my travel journal into which i will draw/paint some new scene from my trip.
i tried something new with this travel journal that i mentioned before i left for amsterdam. i wrote in all of the days ahead of time. i was sure i wouldn't like having done that, but i did! it kept me on track plus left blank pages throughout the book instead of just at the end. if i wanted to add photos chronologically it would be easy.