(This post and video are from June 2015 - just now getting around to uploading it. That's real life, folks!)
Now, I’m just like anyone else who thinks New York at Christmas time is just wonderful, but there’s something to be said about New York in the Spring (ha – spring, right, it was hot as hades!), when the fountains are going, the trees are in full bloom and the overpowering aroma of the city invades your olfactory senses leaving you…happy that you’re visiting and not living here.
I am kidding, but only half way. I have a love/hate relationship with New York City. I love it. I love all that it offers and yet, I hate that it is so, so dirty. I really just want to shut the whole city down for about a week and power wash the whole thing.
But all of that is beside the point and really has nothing whatsoever to do with this layout other than the fact that I was in New York. Stew and I decided to take a long weekend trip up there and I had two major activities on my agenda – go to The Met and see the Van Gogh exhibit and take a horse drawn carriage ride in Central Park before they do away with the horses. I’m happy to say, we accomplished both (regardless of the oppressive heat) and that leads us to this layout.
Van Gogh has always been one of my favorite artists and the chance to see these four paintings of his in one place when they hadn’t been together since shortly after he painted them was one I could not pass up. They were arranged on the wall in the order that he had painted them. No pictures could be taken of the paintings themselves so I made sure to stop at the gift shop and obtain photos of them. The first thing you notice is how faded the colors are – and that’s pretty typical of Van Gogh paintings. It had something to do with the type of red pigment he used. The colors of these were once very contrasting and vibrant – the roses pink and green and the irises violet and yellow. Now the violets look blue and the roses look white, but that is the consequences of time. As Van Gogh himself said, “Paintings fade like flowers.”
In making this layout, I kept with his pink and green color scheme and was careful not to overpower the pictures. I used a quote card that came from The Clique Kit and a 3x4 journaling card from Heidi Swapp. One flair, some Thickers and some My Mind’s Eye alphabet stickers and some Tim Holtz Adornments. All in all, I think the layout does what I wanted it to do – displays the paintings as the main focal point, brings out a color combination that Van Gogh intended but which is now faded, and preserved my memories of standing before these works.
Here is the video I made showing my process.
I hope you enjoyed and if you get a chance – go see these paintings. They’re pretty incredible.