This is our last study of Van Gogh (formal study anyhow) and our first week studying Bach. My idea is to have two artists for each month. One classical music, and the other classical art.
When we read the book The Yellow House, it talked a lot about the way that Van Gogh and the artist Gauguin lived together for those weeks, and although their personalities were vastly different... to the point where they could never live together again, they inspired each other deeply.
Here is a website that talks more about that and the history of the pair of friends. Gauguin painting Van Gogh, painting sunflowers.
Today, we will be making pictures of sunflowers. We have none in our garden after this last frost... but we do have TONS of pictures as they are one of my very favorite flowers, and I am printing some out for my kids to play with.
The picture below is my favorite sunflower picture that I have ever taken. I know it sounds funny, but I just love the composition of this picture, and the dew drops, and even the dead ones hanging out behind the big one in the center. It's just a wonderful capture. :)
The book that will start off our study today is Camile and the Sunflowers.