Artwork / 2017 / Understanding

sunset landscape painting in bright colors
Gwenn Seemel
acrylic on panel
7 x 5 inches

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I ripped off Van Gogh when I was 14 and didn’t paint another full-on landscape until this one, when I was 36. This may sound like a cautionary tale about copying (which I vocally and passionately champion), but it’s really that I’m slow to see how cool certain things are. It’s like with olives. I used to think they tasted like erasers soaked in penny juice.

You can watch me make Understanding.