Tulip fields and starry starry nights

We recently hopped over to Holland for a friends wedding (which was absolutely beautiful!) and a little backpacking adventure. Safe to say we ate the best pancakes we have ever had and sat in some very nice little pubs and even a windmill brewery. Sometimes there is nothing better than a weekend away with some of the people you love, knowing that the only necessary tasks in hand are 1) Find good food 2) Find good drink 3) Find good view. And happily it was very easy to find all of the above in one nice little slanted canal side dwelling.

Obviously one of the highlights of Amsterdam for me was the flower market. Buckets and buckets of beautiful tulips, roses and lilies all perfectly presented in rich colours. I wanted to paint everything there and then!

Amsterdam flower market
Amsterdam flower market

Another huge highlight was the Van Gogh museum which I thought was exceptional. Never having been a huge fan of “the Sunflowers” and therefore Van Gogh (sorry!) I didn’t anticipate being that taken back. But what a brave guy artistically. We talk about knowing and building your brand (which is really important!) But we can be scared to try anything stylistically different for fear of straying from our brand. Van Gogh seemed to try it all, and still achieve an end piece that was unmistakably his own “brand”. Such a great variety of styles and compositions.

I love how pleased he was with his masterpiece – even if its not my favourite – where some of his work remained unsigned perhaps because he wasn’t pleased with it, his signature is right in the middle of the sunflowers painting, in BIG red letters. It makes you think that little bit harder about what you’re doing, because dont we all really want to create something that makes us so pleased we want to write our name in huge red letters across it!?

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