Number 208 of the Everyday Matters drawing challenge suggests that you draw something out of place. Well this is definitely out of place. I live in Australia and we have very little in the way of grumpy looking Gargoyles as this is a European tradition but I do have a garden ornament that I love. I call him Maurice and he sits by our drive. I think he is grumpy today and hiding in the shade because he is having to endure a heat wave. It is reaching temperatures above the old century so his wings are a bit heavy and he is not pleased.
Anyway that is my story and here is me drawing it! I used Staedtler pigment liners.
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At Arles in Provence, Vincent Van Gogh painted a delightful evening scene showing a cafe under the stars, lit by gas lamps. He did the painting for the cafe’s owner in order to pay for his meals as he was always broke. Today that painting is in the Netherlands. It is known as the Café Terrace at Night and is worth millions.
The cafe itself – as you can see – is still there on the Place du Forum in Arles, and these days it is known as “Le Café Nuit” – or The Night Cafe.
Sharon and I had a wonderful dinner there – very French – with a nice carafe of wine. It was a magic evening
Night Café, Arles [photo: Jerry Everard]
And here is what it looked like in 1888 when Van Gogh painted it
Cafe Terrace at Night [photo of display reproduction on the Place du Forum at the position from which he painted the painting - photo: Jerry Everard]
I want to share a video from Soul’s Kitchen about Paulus Berensohn who hand makes his journals and then offers some advice on filling them.
Soul’s Kitchen from TOTM Film on Vimeo.
I really appreciated his attitude as Paulus Berensohn refers to his journals not so much as a diary but “as portable studio – a place where you can hang out” As the camera looks over his shoulder I like what I see of his journals, because I sense they are real. He fills his pages spreads with writing, photos, newspaper cuttings, and drawings and anything that feeds his creativity. Paulus Berensohn has been keeping a journal since he was a young man, his journals obviously hold great meaning for him.
In sharing this video I dug around to discover a second on Youtube where Paulus Berensohn talks about “Why we create”. It is only a couple of minutes long but I love his conclusion.
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