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Watercolour, humour, this and that

Wednesday, 15 January 2014


First of all thank you Rita Vaselli for passing on the Versatile Blog Award, I am very flattered that you chose me. Rita, as many of you know, is a warm person, brilliant artist, and has a way with words that each post is like poetry.  I will pass on my award at the end of this post.

Recently I went to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, where you could photograph the paintings!! I would like to share some of his work that isn't commonly seen in books.

In his 10 years of painting he produced about 800 paintings and 1000 drawings. Here are some of his sketches.  I particularly love these intimate sketches, hope you like them too ......

If you look at the tiny sketch on the right hand side you may recognise it as the potato pickers or similar

Apparently he worried a lot about people, perspective and this combines both, and was a total surprise to me.

Now back to the Award.  The rule is to pass it on to 10 more, but I would love to give everyone an award but have decided to pick just two who are still blogging and making me smile despite adversity in their lives, they are being positive and still blogging through it all.  Best wishes and hugs to them both and hope this gives them a little lift ..................


Also to pass on 7 things about myself.  Hm now let me think ...........
1. I hate peas
2. I love to exercise my chuckle muscles
3. I conducted an orchestra once (well I was only 5 years old)
4. I hate to upset anyone
5. My favourite painting in the whole world is The Fighting Temeraire by Turner
6. Love to use bright colours when I paint (must try and soften them)
7. I loathe housework.

Happy Versatile Blogging everyone


  1. Congratulations, Polly! I'll have to look up the Turner painting ...and I'm absolutely with on #7: what a waste of time it is.
    And thank you for the Van Gogh sketches, some of which I've never seen. He was the first artist I was ever aware of.

  2. Polly - I agree about the housework. lol I'd rather sketch or paint. I enjoyed seeing the Van Gogh sketches. It is fun to see some that are obviously very quick and simple and then some that are so complex. Thanks for sharing these.

  3. Congrats for the award.

    Have a nice week.

  4. Dear Polly, we have one thing in common .... I do not eat peas,if possible !
    Nice report on the visit to the VanGogh museum.
    It 's always interesting to see an artist closer!

  5. How nice to see these sketches and recognizing some pre work before the grand opera . Congrats on the award Polly, you really deserve it. Oh....and I love peas :-)))

  6. Loved seeing the VG skteches, congrats on your award and for showing me two new artists to follow

  7. Polly, thank you, thank you , thank you for posting these sketches by Van Gogh. I love to see how famous artists sketched and what they worked on. Amsterdam is on my list to visit, but until I get there it is marvelous to be able to see these sketches and study them, You are very talented, funny and versatile.

  8. Polly - it was really great to see Van Gogh's sketches. Thank you so much for sharing. Also congratulations on your blog award. Your posts always make me smile. Hope you have a great week.

  9. thank you so much for sharing some of your photos polly.... you are so lucky to have seen his drawings and sketches ....congratulations on your award and making us smile !

  10. Congratulations on your award, Polly! So great to see some of Van Gogh's sketches, thank you for sharing.

  11. Thank you everyone for your congratulations. Also for commenting on these lovely personal sketches of Van Gogh. Sorry to not reply but been busy sketching, which will come to light on my next post.