Happy 160th Birthday, Vincent van Gogh!

March 30, 1853, 160 years ago, Vincent van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert, Holland.  Though his work was unappreciated in his time, he would become one of the most recognized artists in modern times.  Considered a Post-Impressionist, the bright colors with sharp contrasts, heavy brush strokes, layers of thick paint, confrontational directness and passionate style…

Van Gogh’s Painting Technique: Impasto

Impasto is a painting term that refers to the use of thickly textured, undiluted, paint that appears almost three-dimensional on the canvas.  When an artist uses the impasto technique they usually leave visible brush strokes on the finished painting.  They apply the undiluted color to the canvas, frequently with a palette knife, and mix colors…