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Art Show: Springboard: Art Inspired by Art

Crows In The Wheat

by John Penfold

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Art: Crows In The Wheat by Artist John Penfold
Vincent Van Gogh's famous painting of "Crows In The Wheatfield" is dark, and depicts the place where he shot himself. It speaks of his suicidal state of mind.

I often see crows in the wheatfields where I live. However, I see them as signs of life, rather than symbols of death. This inspired me to paint how I see the crows, in contrast to Vincent's work.

My painting of the crows speaks of light and life. Where Vincent had storm clouds on the horizon, I have trees, to bring more life to the composition; where his crows seem to head into the next world, mine bounce around, full of life; where his clear sky is dark and menacing, mine is bright and hopefull.

I hope this work shows how a different treatment of the same subject expresses almost opposite feelings.


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Vincent Van Gogh's

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Detail of main crow

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Detail of middle crows

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