I use oil paint because it has a disobedient and mysterious nature…it engages issues of alchemy and mystery that resist the deadening ambition of the modern world to control everything.
Van Gogh’s color palette was brighter than we assume
These blue walls were violet, and in more of a harmonious complementary color scheme than what we see here. But fugitive reds faded away, leaving violet walls blue and pink flowers white! Gah!
And according to this article, he was more methodical, and less deranged than has been thought. That makes me happy. 🙂
Read about it in the NYT: http://goo.gl/o7d5j