The Enemy of the Painter on His Way to Work
July 29, 2021
Size (h w d): 48 x 36 x 1.5 in
Medium: Acrylic On Canvas
"The Painter on His Way to Work" is a humble Van Gogh self-portrait from 1888. It is believed to have been destroyed during the bombing of Germany during World War II.
Bryce saw the piece online and it made him think about the challenge of finding time to paint, using it wisely, and how time ultimately restricts how many pieces an artist can create. Having started his professional career in art at 41 years old, Bryce feels as if he is playing catch up. Van Gogh would have understood. He started late, throwing himself into art. At one point, Van Gogh painted hundreds of canvases in a period of six months in a burst of creativity. Maybe the clock can be both an enemy as well as an artist's greatest motivator.
The white background was left intentionally blank. The flat gessoed canvas itself, as any artist or creative can attest, is a reminder that a blank canvas itself is another enemy of the painter on his way to work.