Research Assessment 7
Subject: Lessons from Loving Vincent
Works Cited (MLA 8 citation[s])
Kobiela, Dorota and Hugh Welchman, directors. Loving Vincent. Loving Vincent, BreakThru Productions, 22 Sept. 2017.
About a week ago, I watched a film I had been looking forwards to for a while. It entirely made with paintings. It is about Vincent Van Gogh’s life, but mainly the impact of his death. In every frame was a painting made by a team of artists made with Van Gogh’s distinct style. It was an utterly magnificent. I sat in awe throughout the movie; I could not keep my eyes from it. This immersive experience was enhanced by the lessons this film expressed.
Of course, on its own, the movie is beautiful; it serves its purpose well. However, it showcases more than that. The film proved these two seemingly incompatible mediums work well together. If someone is passionate enough about something, they will find a way to make it work. Ms. Vernon, my mentor from last year, used to say this, and she was right. The artists alone show this; they pursued their passion and found a way to make it work. They prove that it is possible to incorporate more traditional painting in the movie industry. In doing so, they have gained a great deal of promotion from the movie itself and will hopefully profit from the paintings they made for the film. The power of innovation is astounding; it can create success in the most incredible ways. This film encourages me to pursue my passion regardless of the circumstances because, in doing so, I can find creative ways to achieve my goals. A mindset focused on innovation, will undoubtedly prove advantageous. With it, I can further develop myself and continue pursuing this path.
These great artists have also taught me a great deal about expressionist painting. Achieving it has always been my goal.. The artists, through emulation of Van Gogh’s work, illustrate clearly what I can do to create better paintings in this style. The faces alone were inspiring. They were not entirely realistic, but still managed to express every sort of emotion. The variety of colors used to create these portraits were awe inspiring. There seemed to be hundreds of shades of red, green, blue, purple, and yellow in each painting. The skies also contained what felt like an infinite amount of blues and greens. I have realized that I am missing countless colors that I could include in my paintings. The beauty of these paintings motivates me to attempt to seek to incorporate all these techniques when I paint in this style.
Van Gogh’s style is impressive, but the lessons in his life prove to be even more meaningful to me. When faced all sorts of adversity, regardless of what anyone said or did, he followed his passion. Van Gogh painted for almost a decade; only one of his paintings was sold during his lifetime. One, one painting. This, however, did not stop him. Van Gogh moved forward against the current. He may have arguably drowned, yet, over a century later, his paintings stand as some of the best this world has to offer. He may have died, but his passion survived. It is not success that matters, but fulfillment, happiness. Van Gogh has shown me, that as long as I find happiness in painting I should pursue it. He has become an inspiration. Even my quote for the year (from Van Gogh) reflects this: “If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
Seeing this inspires me to create a set of paintings, for my original work or final product inspired by Van Gogh. I could paint in a similar setting and environment, and in doing so could develop more of my own style. Emulating his expressionism will allow me to delve deeper into the art world, and it will encourage me to further pursue growth. This movie and consequently Van Gogh both have taught me how to paint better portraits, how to better my expressionism, and, most importantly, that nothing can stand in the way of my passion besides, well, me.