Real Thing


No, I am not going to talk about Coca-Cola 🙂

A few months ago I visited the National Gallery of Art in D.C. and got to view a few of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings like the one pictured here (I was allowed to take a photo without flash).  I enjoy seeing his work and am inspired by his colors, movement, and vibrancy in his work.  You are probably very familiar with Van Gogh’s painting “Sunflowers” -probably his most well known painting. Years ago, I would see “Sunflowers” everywhere  mostly as posters and it became a bit trite to me, until I visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art and went into a room of his paintings and there was the real, original Sunflowers!  What an amazing painting, the oranges and yellows were so brilliant and textured.  I stood in front of it as long as I could looking at the swirling brush strokes and waves of paint; this painting quickly became of my favorites right next to his “Starry Night.” I now seek out Van Gogh’s paintings.  This same experience happened to me with the artist Georgia O’Keefe – again I had seen many of her posters of her flowers and was unimpressed until I visited the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico All of a sudden, seeing her actual paintings up close brought a whole new appreciation of her work. How glad I am that I viewed the real paintings in person.

I don’t own any Van Gogh’s or O’Keefe’s paintings, but I am fortunate to have in my home several original real paintings (not just my own!) that I have garnered throughout the years. I know prints have been instrumental in sharing art with the masses, but even the best print will never match seeing the real art.

There is nothing like the real thing!

The holiday time is a great time to purchase a real thing – I am trying out being a vendor at my first fair/festival at the Handmade Holiday Festival. For those of you in the Berkshires, please stop by and say hi! It is held on December 6 and 7th at Berkshire Community College’s Paterson Field House.


About mjnicole

After an eighteen year career in museums and education, I have picked up my paintbrushes again and am capturing the beauty of the Berkshires (western Massachusettes) and beyond. My blog "Journey of an Artist" is about the artwork I create and the inspiration I find. I work predominantly with oils now; I value the richness and depth of the colors. I love to travel and I photograph the captivating landscapes and scenes and then paints from the photographs. My latest body of work feature barns in the Berkshires. I live in the Berkshires with my husband, my daughter Olivia and son Luke.

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