Post is an idea from Joey
I’m not smart in academical subjects such as Math, Science and all the fuzzy-wuzzy you-have-to-pass in order to be a doctor subjects so when I was a student I was a mediocre student, not having certain goal in school. I did know I was artistic. I played guitar and bass on my junior high school band, I drew and I painted and I read a loooot of books. But you know, Indonesian school didn’t approve the artsy students so I was condemned.
However, thank goodness I passed high school. LOL.
During college, I never paint at all because my social life was sooooo awesome I never thought about discovering my life. LOL. But I was always in the decoration committee for every college events. There were great times when we were preparing for a folks night and every single day we painted a lot of things on my boarding house’s backyard. I enjoyed it so much. :)
Fast forward to the present life… Thankfully I don’t fail my life. LOL. However people were right, in Asia, I won’t survive if I was an artist. It was even worse because I wasn’t that good of an artist. LOLOL. I mean, I’m confident with my writing skill and my drawing skill, but I’m not really good at painting. Really. Or maybe I just don’t spend a lot of time practicing. You know, with all the distraction of The Sims and Candy Crush these days. LOL.
Oops, I LOLed too much, didn’t I?
The first encounter
Anyway… I never saw any painting with my own eyes when I lived in Indonesia. Sure I saw paintings on the television and my dad was an artist too (not the professional one, but he did draw a lot) and he has some awesome paintings too, but all the paintings were pretty common, such as the waves or the skies, you know the classic paintings. At first I asked my dad to teach me to sketch and I used sketching and drawing as an excuse to spend time with him and showed off to him as the artsy daughter.
I didn’t know what kind of paintings I was into and I also didn’t have any resources to study about paintings. Not until one day in a sunny Singapore when some of the world-class collections from Orsay Museum Paris were loaned to Singapore Museum, including Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
And there I was… having a blast. I never knew that viewing paintings could be so much FUN. I didn’t understand about types of paintings that time but I enjoyed it so much I craved some more.
There was a free drawing studio at the end of the exhibition and I drew this, a picture of Madame Gaudibert.
I read more about paintings from Rick Steves’ books but nothing could really catch my attention other than the paintings themselves.
I was captured and mesmerized by Van Gogh’s Starry Night and I swear I had a moment there. And this painting was the one that inspired me to write Eloise story. :)
When I went to Europe last year, I always made sure I had time to explore museums and I encountered so MANNNYYY impressionist paintings and I HAD A BLAST!
Only then I realized I loveeee impressionist paintings. :)
What is impressionism?
Well, you can always google them for more accurate information and definition, but for me impressionism is the kind of paintings that were painted in a unique angle, unique brush strokes which was considered breakthrough on that era. Van Gogh’s paintings were soooo different from the normal paintings back then.
As much as I love Van Gogh’s Starry Night over the Rhone that represents calmness and beauty, I love his later work of starry night that he worked on from inside the mental hospital. It was twisted and beautiful in its weird way.
But my all-time favorite from Van Gogh was his last work that I saw at Van Gogh’s Museum, Amsterdam. It was so dark and mysterious and I felt like it was a farewell present from him to the world.
Bye, uncle Vincent. You’re missed. :)
Who else beside Van Gogh?
From my visit to London National Gallery, I fell in love with Seurat. He was a freaking genius! He invented pointillism, the kind of paintings that were made by dots. I fell in love with him even more when I saw his masterpiece “The Circus” in Orsay.
Please please google him or read about him in wikipedia. He’s a genius!!! And take note that this painting was stood grand around 3 meters high on Orsay museum. Oh well, who wouldn’t fall in love, right?
Van Gogh once tried to make a pointilism paintings after his meeting with Seurat, but well… it’s Van Gogh… He wasn’t patience enough that he ended up splashed the painting and started to brush with a stroke. LOL.
Another star-struck from Orsay visit was Claude Monet. (There was another impressionist named Edouard Manet. Don’t get confused) Very different from Van Gogh, Monet had a wonderful life. He loved his wife and his son and his paintings were full of pastel colors and happy moments. It was a totally different feeling everytime I saw Monet’s works. They always put smile on my face. :)
Please do google for Monet’s paintings. They are all my favorites! :)
My impression of impressionism
When Joey gave a topic about paintings, I was excited to write about it. But it turned out this topic wasn’t the easiest thing to write about. I just realized that everyone would see paintings differently. Some sees them as a work of art, some sees them as pretentious expressions. That is why in the beginning I wasn’t sure how to write this. At first I wanted to write about impressionism so that people will understand about it, but then again, it would be difficult because I, myself, didn’t really understand either. :p
So I decided to just write about it… about how painting (as a verb) and painting (as a noun) meant to me. I hope this doesn’t suck so much. Haha. And to answer Joey, why I never mentioned Picasso… Simply because abstract paintings are not my cup of tea. :)
And to end this post, here’s some paintings I made that didn’t really suck…
May, washing the brushes.