“Inspiration from a Master: Vincent Van Gogh”

Where Do You Get Your Inspiration?


"Almond Branches" by Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists in history, and also one of the most recognizable names in Impressionist art. I love the impressionist style of painting, and remind my students in the class to think of the essence of whatever it is we are painting, and bring that flavor to the canvas. When they can also mimic the telltale heavy brush strokes of Van Gogh, it’s an added bonus!

"Van Gogh's Almond Branches" by Erica Marr

On the wall in my studio, I have the quote “I dream of painting, and then I paint my dream” by Vincent Van Gogh. This is meaningful to me because dreaming in a series of images, and dreaming of mixing paint together to recreate those images is something I do as well. I’m constantly striving to find a way to represent these internal images artistically.

Students in class sometimes ask where I get my inspiration, and one place for me is Art History. I never loved history until I discovered art history in high school, and then something clicked! Learning about the events of the world through an image-focused lens made it more real for me, and now history is one of my favorite subjects to study. Learning about how individual artists interpreted the world around them sparked a passion in me to interpret my world through art. I try and bring this passion to my students in my classes. We discuss relevantly (and sometimes irrelevant) historical facts and artsy anecdotes during the lesson, and even use the masters’ works as inspiration for our class paintings.

Amazing Painting & Vino Students with their own "Almond Branches"

Come to a class, especially one inspired by Van Gogh! I can’t wait to see you there!

Stay Colorful,

Erica Marr, Painting & Vino East Phoenix

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