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Step 15: Why are Vincent Van Gogh's paintings so popular and loved by millions today?

I think I'll let Barbara Uleland have the last word:

Well, Van Gogh was one of the great painters.

During his life, he made only 109 dollars in all on his paintings. They are now worth two million dollars...

....And see, a few words he has written in his letters, these many years after his death, have changed my whole life!

By painting the sky, Van Gogh was really able to see it and adore it better than if he had just looked at it. In the same way (as I would tell my class), you will never know what your husband looks like unless you try to draw him and you will never understand him unless you try to write his story.

To show the creative impulse of Van Gogh, a great genius, was simply loving what he saw and then wanting to share it with others, not for the purpose of showing off, but out of generosity."

Van Gogh said: "My only anxiety is what I can do.. In a picture i wish to say something that would console as music does".

"We take beautiful walks together. it is very beautiful here, if one only has an open and simple eye without any beams in it. But if one has that it is beautiful everywhere".

"Painters understand nature and love her and teach us to see her." -Barbara Uleland (If You Want To Write Anything, 1938)
Love this Instructable lots but it's too computer techy for me as I am nearly 70 and very inexperienced but I do try a lot and adapt when i can.<br>Childhood activities do remain in your phyche I too did PBN when i was a girl and thoroughly enjoyed them. I also remember my first paint box. It was a Reeves poster paint box with six colours and a brush. The box was plum colour and had two levels. Whilst I can't claim to be an artist I do enjoy all forms of art and craft.<br>We should give kids these type of sets to help sow the seeds of art.<br><br>Very impressive work.
Thanks for sharing your PBN story VeraWroe, : )<br> <br> If you'd rather trace by <strong>hand </strong>than computer, clear plastic or acetate tracing over an original picture for the line art works well. Then its simple to photocopy onto a larger sheet of paper.
&nbsp;Wonderful instructable! I became an artist because of Paint by Numbers<br /> they enhance your understand of the structure of the patterns. I agree with what you wrote. As an art teacher I used to give them as prizes to smaller kids..great for big kids as well.&nbsp;<br /> It is a very relaxing activity for everyone and a wonderful sense of accomplishment getting one done! I had a sketch book as a kid and I was creative there but did my paint by numbers by the book..lol<br /> I cannot find carbon paper sold anywhere anymore... Did you have a private stash???<br /> Again thanks!!! Thanks for the tutorial on using that program also!<br /> <br />
I found carbon paper at the local Dollar Store here in Ontario, Canada. Good luck :).<br /> Stay inspired!
&nbsp;Another reason I want to run away to Canada!! lol<br /> Thanks and Art on!
I'm sure there's a place to order carbon paper online...
Thanks for your comment! You're welcome : )<br /> Instead of carbon paper, I cut off used bits of fax carbon paper for tracing.&nbsp; It seems to be the same stuff.<br />
&nbsp;Yeah I have not seen this for awhile either..I will have to look thanks for the tip!
Someone once gave me a paint-by-numbers kit of some ducks flying&nbsp; over a creek in the woods. &nbsp;Instead of ducks, I painted dragons!&nbsp; XD<br />
LOL - you're too creative to stay in the lines.. : )<br />
Love this tut, I love the paint by numbers, and wanted one of my dogs, found a software but it was too pricey, this is affordable and I can make my own now Thanks again
Thanks for your comment, I'm glad to know it was helpful!
Hey, strange that this Instructable got no reaction! This is a late reaction but I like it!

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