I’m just going to say it: I’m not a huge fan of Van Gogh. It’s true, I’m really just not that into him. My appreciation grew slightly when I saw one of his paintings in person and you could see the texture of the paint. But I was just never all that interested in his work.
Then I watched Doctor Who on Saturday night. In it, the Doctor and Amy went back in time to visit Vincent. He spoke with such passion about his work and color and the wonder to be found in the world, that it began to change my mind about his work.
So is it weird that watching Doctor Who gave me an insight into Vincent Van Gogh’s mind? I think it was hearing someone speak about their work with such passion and conviction that changed my way of thinking about his work. Yes, it wasn’t really Vincent, but it was spoken with an authenticity. I looked beyond the tote bags and t shirts. I looked through the artist’s eyes.
Have you ever changed your mind about an artist after listening to them speak? Do you think that I speak with passion about my work? Is there something you think that I should be saying here? Let me know and leave a comment.