My friend, and backgammon nemesis, Peter Bondi bears a strong resemblance to Vincent Van Gogh. So, Bondi had the ingenious idea of being Van Gogh for Halloween this year. He employed my services to create a background image on a piece of foamcore of Van Gogh’s famous insane self-portrait. Bondi is going to affix this to his upper back and appear as above for his costume. He will also put a bandage on his ear because Van Gogh cut his own ear off, as most normal painters working outside in the heat and drinking absynthe all day would do. On the other side of the self-portrait background, I made a quick Van Gogh copy of one of his Cyprus tree paintings. Making a Van Gogh painting was eye opening and I gained insight into why he was so amazing; the entire painting is patterns of swirling lines and energy. Pretty awesome.
***Interesting Historical Sidenote: Vincent Van Gogh and another famous impressionist / expressionist painter, Paul Gauguin, lived together for several months in the now-famous “yellow house” in the South of France (Arles). History has always taught that Van Gogh attacked Gauguin with a razor the night that Gauguin told Van Gogh he would be moving out, and that later that same night Van Gogh cut off his own ear. However, art historians now think it is possible that Gauguin cut off the ear. In a letter to his brother Theo, Van Gogh wrote “Luckily Gauguin … is not yet armed with machine guns and other dangerous war weapons.” Anyways, both were nutty. Later in that famous evening Van Gogh presented his severed earlobe to a prostitute. And a year or two later Van Gogh shot himself in the stomach. Gauguin moved to Southeast Asia and eventually tried to kill himself by swallowing a bunch of gunpowder. This suicide attempt was unsuccessful and Gauguin lived another several years to paint some of his best work. Lessons learned: 1)don’t swallow gunpowder; 2)don’t cut off your ear; 3)don’t shoot yourself in the stomach, etc. But hey, these two produced some of the most brilliant artwork in the history of mankind.