Van Gogh’s night cafe – then and now

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

Night Café, Arles [photo: Jerry Everard]

And here is what it looked like in 1888 when Van Gogh painted it

Cafe Terrace at Night

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]

Paulus Berensohn’s handmade journals

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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Everyday Matters drawing challenge number 15

EDM 15 drawing of grape leavesI am still jumping around the Everyday Matters drawing challenge list.  Number 15 states simply to “Draw a tree or trees, leaves or branches”. We have grapes on our vines and they are gradually ripening. I decided to draw some of the grape leaves.  Australia has had a heat wave. We have been living with temperatures over the old century for what feels like weeks on end. It’s not weeks just feels that way. So in an attempt to avoid the high temperatures I picked the leaves and took them inside.  This was my drawing set up and below is the drawing itself.

EDM 15 drawing of grape leavesClick the image of the sketch to see a larger version. My aim this year is to draw at least weekly and this challenge helps me do that. If you are interested here is  the EDM challenge list  and if you scroll you can see my past efforts. The Every Day Matters drawing challenge has  a yahoo group, a flickr group and Facebook page.