Abstract Weekend Day #2- This weekend and next I am doing abstracts based on other artist's realistic works. This one is based on Van Gogh's "Courtesane." I find it interesting that I am basing mine on an artist who based his on another artist's work. I could do a whole series on that idea! I used to tutor college students, mostly in writing term papers and preparing for tests, but what I really loved about it was the opportunity to study something I wouldn't normally come across. Van Gogh was one of those subjects. Knowing more about an artist of his fame certainly adds to my appreciation of his work and style. He was a genius in getting wonderful colors and textures from his brushwork. My piece gets it's texture from thick paint and collage elements.