I do not go for abstraction but can only paint what I see, and what I see is fascinating. Do you not think the swirls of nature in the roots of trees is a work of beauty? Or the wind-blown wheat in the field?
You say the lamp is clear and distinct, but you must be seeing it wrong, for there is an aura of light, a halo of being, around it.
And the stars in the sky, what wonders these points of light echoing through space! The morning star on the horizon is almost as bright as the moon!
Vincent van Gogh was against abstraction and painted from nature. His sketchbook is full of fascinating drawings that people of his day thought boring. All of the points on his famous painting “Starry Night” can be identified, from Venus on the horizon to the constellation Aries. The moon was gibbous on the night represented, but he abstracted it for the composition. One thing, though – there are a lot of people who think Vincent had Cataracts or another eye ailment that caused him to see halos around bright objects since he always painted them with halos. It isn’t uncommon, so there is a very strong possibility…
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