Van Goghology

Here’s another pixel-by-pixel colour picker study of a famous work of art.  This time, I chose a Van Gogh self portrait.  This is the picture:

The skin tones are very different to both Rembrandt and Caravaggio.  The brush strokes are very vivacious and the coat and background almost blend into the same painterly fabric.  The lovely thing about this picture, for me, are the unexpected colours, yet the blues, greens and browns are in harmony.  Vincent’s skin tone makes him look sallow and ill, or perhaps cool and contemplative.  Which do you feel?

I think the swirling background gives the portrait a real life and vitality, though others have interpreted this as a sign of the artist’s inner turmoil.  I’d have done it to make it look lively and exciting, but maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, here is an image of the skin tones as colour swatches:

The skin tones go from a baby pink through a lilac shade of grey, all the way through mid tone greens to a dark green.  Could you ever imagine yourself mixing these colours on your palette as skin tones?  Maybe it’s worth a go!

Pretty amazing, eh?

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You can find out more about me here: There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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