I’m a Vincent Van Gogh fan. Not the biggest geek who can spend hours talking about this amazing Dutch post-impressionist artist, but I really like his art, and his realisations. Somehow, they relate to me.
I read about him before getting into art school. I remember hearing “Vincent” (Starry Starry Night) by Don McLean when I was a kid, and the lyrics resonated with me. After which, I saw the painting (not in real life though), and the rest is history. In fact, I remember painting a self portrait based on his style for one of our classes. It was one of those things that I honestly enjoyed doing. Wish I knew where it went, but I’m always open to creating a new one anyway.
I think it was a year ago or so when I first saw the trailer of “Loving Vincent”. A truly remarkable feat. I was excited! I’ll be able to see another movie about this guy. So the waiting game started, and wishful thinking that it will be aired here. Busied by transitions and some other things, I forgot about when they were targeting to air it. Luckily, as I was killing time few nights back, I came across this post event review on the tv about the movie. They decided to show it in Manila! Happiness grew, and after doing some research one Sunday, I was actually just around one of the select cinemas. However, I was already in my Uber going home. Went back to work that week, and I was afraid that I’ll miss it because I was catching up with a pile of paperwork.
One weekend, I had a bit of free time, and was so glad that I can still - and finally - see the film! If you stumbled upon my Instagram, you’ll see that I even scrambled through my old photos just to upload this:
Normality is a paved road: it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it. Vincent Van Gogh
I was ecstatic that I was able to see “Loving Vincent” last night. It’s a fully animated movie that features the work of over 100 artists who hand painted about 65,000 frames in Vincent’s style. Although at the end of the film, you might be asking yourself what exactly did it say about the life of this great man, more of unearthing questions on his mysterious death. The breathtaking visuals will undeniably take you to an aesthetic journey that is hard to criticise.
There you go. I won’t really talk much about the movie now, as I’m hopeful that you’ll see it first (if you haven’t), and I’m also on my way to a meeting. If you noticed, I started writing again. Hopefully, I stick to it this time. Just wanted to share my thoughts, experiences, and what inspires me these days.
So how about you? How’s everything so far?
Later days. Stay inspired.
Niguel is an experienced creative and marketing professional pursuing his dreams while growing with infinite possibilities.