These dynamic brushstrokes are from a “fake” I did of a painting by Vincent van Gogh, “Fishing Boats on the Beach at Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer“, which was painted when Vincent was living in Arles in the south of France and had a trip to the seaside for a week in 1888 to help with his health. He was so excited to be at this little fishing village and did loads of drawings and paintings. This painting was based on drawings he did, because the fishermen put out to sea so early each day that there was no time to paint the boats on the spot.
The little village is named after three saints called Mary; Marie Madeleine, Marie Salomé and Marie de Cléophas. They were closely linked to Jesus, the first witnesses to his Resurrection. There is a medieval tradition that afterwards they escaped persecution in Palestine in a boat and landed here and lived in the area for the rest of their lives. I painted this in Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto a stretched canvas, using brushes and palette knives to create the choppy layers of paint that van Gogh is so famous for. It is one of the paintings I have offered for sale during September to raise funds for LATCH Wales, the Children’s Cancer Charity – please click on the photo below to find out more 🙂 xx
LATCH, The Children’s Cancer Charity, Painting Fundraiser
I’ve been painting these ‘fakes’ with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook since lockdown started in Spring 2020. I’m selling some of them to raise funds for this lovely charity which has given so much support to my young relative over the past few years.
If you would like to see the paintings and maybe buy one, please click on the boats picture to visit the page. Thanks xxx