I could take or leave the work by Van Gogh. Although I have the books and seen the films, I could never really place him in my top ten of artists. But, last Saturday I went to the Royal Academy exhibition called, "The Real Van Gogh. The Artist and His Letters", and I was completely blown away. It's not until you actually see his work in person that you can appreciate how good he was. I was most impressed with his letter writing to his brother Theo and his tiny pen and ink drawings. These are absolutely sublime and instantly had an impact on me. I must do more drawing. If you get the chance to go and see the exhibition, I can recommend it.
Once again, I haven't been painting as much as usual. I have been keeping the artistic side of my brain busy though. I've been hand coding and designing some websites in XHTML. It's strange, although I love simple traditional things like watercolour painting using the traditional techniques and playing the harmonica in the traditional style, I also love cutting edge technology. It pays better than painting but I enjoy being able to switch between the two.