Hello + Happy Wednesday, our favorite [work] week day, around here! Because we get extra dressed up, in art inspired fashion! And this weeks inspiration is the [stereotypical] tortured artist, Vincent Van Gogh.
The painting below is what inspired this weeks outfit.
As much as I'd like my students to 1st remember that he is the one who painted Starry Night or his Sunflowers, it usually goes something like "Isn't he the crazy guy, who cut off his ear!?!?" ...Yes, thats him, but he was a genius in so many other ways, who sadly suffered with demons in his head- which ultimately took his life too soon.
He was also sterotypical in that he was never fully appreciated as the great artist he was, until about 20 years after his death [by then/now he is known worldwide]. Van Gogh lived a life of a stuggeling, yet extreamly talented artist.
Vincent Van Gogh was born in 1853 and grew up in Holland. His father was a minister, so naturally he had a very religous back ground- and almost went into preaching himself.
At 27, he went to art school in Brussels, Belgium. He fell in love, had his heart broken and began painting. A couple years later, he moved to France- and this is where he developed the style that he became most famous for [the short, dense brush strokes].
Above is one of my favorite portrait paintings EVER. I love the rich colors and the intense brush strokes. To me the hole piece is just so striking. This was a piece in a series that he was commissioned to do of a family.
Below, is a painting he did of his bedroom. I once again love the bright colors, but also really love how simple it is. The perspective is simple [simple enough for me to teach to my students] but also it shows, that even though he now is a hugely famous artist, he was a very normal, simple man- with few things. This was his room as an adult! Its a great conversation starter for me to have with my students. Also a good way for me to slide in the idiom, 'less is more'.
As far as this awesome romper I am wearing, it was recently given to me from one of Chris' coworkers, who was cleaning out her closet and thought I might like it. AND I do- I love it! I had to let the hem out a bit, as it they looked like flood water pants [although woulda been good for this day], but that was super easy to do with a seam ripper. The tag says it is originally from H&M but I have no clue how long ago.
When I saw the print, I knew right away that it matched one of Vincent Van Goghs paintings! You can't really tell because of the lighting in the picture [from the crazy sunset we were having], but the romper is acutaly like a hunters green. And my necklace and the blossoms on the romper are a peach color.
I have to say thank you to everyone who has been following along with my Wednesday art series. The response has been so great, even my friend Liv joinging in each week and many others that are tagging me with their inspiration on Instagram, or tag me on other accounts with people who have an art inspired outfit. It has all been soo fun! And something that truly has kept me inspired + looking at my wardrobe in a new way.
It has also been a lot of fun for me [nerding out] re-visiting and researching artist in ways that maybe I don't usually get to talk about with my students. I have learned so much, reading up on each weeks inspiration. I've realized that, that is the thing about teaching- you teach yourself so much in the process of making sure you know enough about something to truly be able to teach it to someone else. College taught me alot about process, and the art history classes were basically just a lot of dates + random facts that kids aren't going to care about. They want the juicy stuff, like going crazy and cutting your ear off type of stories in their art history. It helps them remember the less interesting, boring facts that they HAVE to know. I also don't feel as if you, my readers would want to be bogged down with the boring stuff. So the whole process of reading/researching, filtering and telling you about each weeks inspiration has been a fun one for me!
I have to sit down this weekend and get my [blog] calendar ready for December. I'm not sure that I have shared it on here yet, but I will be traveling to Brazil in Decemeber for the holidays, so I haven't decided what I am going to do about posting just yet. But I will be posting in the couple of weeks up to Christmas and plan on getting things back to normal when I return the second week of January, for sure! [I can not believe its already the new year!]
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