THE VAN GOGH PROJECT

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Hello friends!

Anyone who knows me will know that I go through these little obsession phases that usually last for around a week. In that week, I will become a semi-expert in the subject, I’ll think about it, talk about it, and share it 24/7. These little episodes are relatively harmless though, and I actually think they’re awesome, they’re like little crash courses. When I’m really interested in something I will want to know everything I can about it, and I see it as a way of improving my knowledge and adding to my mind palace! It’s just a shame I’m not super interested in micro biology or something.

The subjects of these episodes are entirely random. It could be Edgar Allan Poe, The Beatles, Freddie Mercury, Wuthering Heights, Australia, Whales, Magpies (and these are actual examples), you name it. After the obsession, I still love the subject, but my brain starts looking for something new to learn about. I think it’s just constantly hungry for new information and knowledge.

Okay, Sigmund Freud moment over. Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. My current obsession or subject is Vincent Van Gogh, as you may have gathered from the title.

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I haven’t always loved Van Gogh, I will admit. At school, I wasn’t much interested, he was just that artist who cut off his own ear and who painted that chair painting. It was only when I got older that I appreciated him and really fell in love with his art. Especially the sunflowers, which I love going to see, and I have a large, framed copy of at home.

Van Gogh, Sunflowers

I’ve recently been reading a lot of Vincent Van Gogh quotes, and I’ve found some of them to be so inspiring, especially as a painter, but you don’t need to be a painter to use them as motivation.

I designed these little quote cards,Β andΒ I wanted to share them with you guys, so feel free to copy and print them and pop them into a frame, or just print them and stick them on the wall or in your scrapbook, whatever makes you happy! You could also give the framed versions as gifts to a friend or a loved one to inspire them, too, or send them as postcards. I hope they’ll bring a little extra sunshine to your day!

I’ve numbered them and linked them (they go across), or, alternatively click here to go directly to the Pinterest board I pinned them to. Enjoy!

1. here 2. here 3. here

Board Three

4. here 5. here 6. here

Board One

7. here 8. here 9. here

Board Four

10. here 11. here 12. here

Board Two

Here’s what I did, I printed my favourite one off 5 x 7 size and popped it in a pretty frame. I bought the frame from Wilkinson’s for Β£1.50 – steal! I also printed some smaller ones off at 4 x 6 size to pop into my scrapbooks.

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What do you guys think of my ideas? Will you use these quote cards for anything?

Namaste,

Amanda x

35 comments

    • Amanda says:

      He was super talented πŸ™‚ thanks, Rosanna, I’m glad you liked the quotes and pictures! A lovely day to you, too πŸ™‚ x

    • JOURNAL OF STYLE says:

      What a nice idea, Amanda! Thank you for brighten up our lives, dear! <3 I've visited the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam in 2013 and saw his wax figure at Madame Tussauds… though I was pregnant and everything hurts ;D I really enjoyed the his art work! Especially love the story behind the combat boot! He was a fabulous artist of his kind!! πŸ™‚
      Wonderful and intersting post as always, Amanda! Love your black/grey dress! Looks fab on you!

      xoxo Ira
      JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

      • Amanda says:

        Thank you very much for the kind words, Ira, it’s actually my favourite dress πŸ™‚ I’d love to go to the Van Gogh museum sometime, as well as see his wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s, that must have been so awesome πŸ™‚ x

  1. Vanisha says:

    I get little obsessions too sometimes! Wow I never knew Van Gogh was so inspirational! I especially love quotes 1, 6 and 10. And I love how you printed them out, it looks so cute in the frame :)x

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, he was both talented and inspiring πŸ™‚ thank you for the kind words, Vanisha, I’m glad you liked my idea, and thank you for stopping by πŸ™‚ x

  2. Melissa says:

    I love the quote cards! Vincent Van Gogh has plenty of amazing and inspirational quotes. That’s really awesome that you got to visit the place he lived! πŸ™‚
    On a random side note…I loved the Doctor Who episode with Vincent Van Gogh. It was probably one of my favorite episodes.

    Melissa // The Hopeful Wayfarer

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you, Melissa πŸ™‚ there’s an episode of Doctor Who with Vincent Van Gogh??? Oh my, you just made my day! I’m only on Season 4 of Doctor Who, having never watched it until now, but I LOVE the show! Can’t wait to get to that episode!! Thank you for giving me that to look forward to, how awesome!

  3. Corinne says:

    I go through phases like this! It’s pretty cool. Only last night I was becoming an expert on crop circles ha.

    Dr Who has a really cool episode on Van Gogh πŸ™‚

    Corinne x

    • Amanda says:

      Haha, good to know I’m not the only one then! I can’t wait to watch that episode πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Corinne! x

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you, Bry πŸ™‚ I love that quote, too, a lot of Van Gogh’s quotes are so dreamy and fantasy-like. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, too! Thank you for stopping by πŸ™‚ x

  4. Kelly Madera says:

    Wow you are SO COOL! All I could think while reading this post was “This girl is so cool, she is so herself and that’s the rad part”. I, too, have obsessions and Freddy Mercury + magpies (those crazy birds!) are not bad ones to have. Love seeing this and your profound appreciation for art and understanding the lives of others. Thanks for sharing this with all of us!

    I’m blogging about similar things, check it out and let me know what you think: http://www.kellmenow.com

    XO K

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you very much for the kind words, Kelly πŸ™‚ my philosophy is “to thine own self be true” as Mr Shakespeare would say! I love Freddie AND magpies, too!! Every time I go dog walking I collect any magpie feathers that I find along the way. I have quite the collection now! Yes, I love art, thanks to my mum who always took me to art galleries and gave me pencil colours and paint when I was a kiddie πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by, Kelly! Live long and prosper x

  5. Trou says:

    I didn’t find much interest in art when I was younger but I’m starting to develop an appreciation and liking for them now. My favorite would have to be Matisse. I love his use of colors and rendition of subjects.

    <3 Trou
    The Peculiar Trouth

    • Amanda says:

      Ooh, Matisse is brilliant! I’ve found an appreciation for so many new things as I’ve become older, it’s kinda cool πŸ™‚

  6. Becky says:

    I’ve never read much on Van Gogh but his quotes that you shared with us are so inspiring. I am in love with quote number 5, I had never read any of his quotes before but I’m so glad you shared them. Thank you, much needed inspiration πŸ™‚
    Becky, http://www.rebeccamarie.co.uk xxx

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