Van Gogh is in the news again. There's a new theory on what tormented the miserable man, and how he created swirling, unearthly works. This time, a Japanese scientist has theorized that the Dutch artist was partially color-blind, lacking enough receptors to adequately see the color red.
At this point, van Gogh has accumulated quite a list of possible illnesses, so the story has gotten a little old, as has its corollary argument, "But does it matter?" Like we would all be disappointed if the spectral greens in "Starry Night" were unintentional.
Art philosophy aside, what remains true is that we're still talking about van Gogh today. We want to get closer to the heart of the archetype, and try to uncover what made him work.
All great artists are like that; they leave the rest of us wondering, "Where the hell did that come from?"
We were sure to cover a few such individuals in our annual Fall Arts Preview, which starts here. But it also seemed wise to open our eyes to some lesser-known talents out there — and thus was born our cover-coloring contest.
Admittedly, the notion feels a little "Mini Page" for an alt-weekly. But most of us around here feel you're never too old to color, collage or cut. Besides, there are prizes — and we promise they'll be good.
So go ahead and check out the details below. As van Gogh once said, "It is a pity that, as one gradually gains experience, one loses one's youth."
Can you color?
Do you like fame, fortune and prizes? (OK, can you make do with just prizes?) Great. Here’s how to enter the Indy’s Fall Arts Preview coloring contest:
1. Color the cover either by hand or digitally. Or make it into a collage. Maybe a sculpture. Glue on macaroni, felt, glitter. Make it your “American Gothic.” Then, submit your work with the following information:
• Artist’s name
• E-mail address (please use parent’s e-mail if artist is under 13)
2. Submit your finished project in one of the following ways:
• e-mail it to email@example.com
• post a picture of the work to the Indy’s Facebook wall at facebook.com/csindependent
• mail the page to 235 S. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
• drop it off at the Indy offices between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
3. Entries must be received by 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30.
There are four age brackets: 3-7, 9-12, 13-18, and adult. Winners will be selected based on creativity and skill by age level.
A selection of coloring page entries will be posted at csindy.com, and winners’ work will be published in the first Best Of Colorado Springs issue, Wednesday, Oct. 17. (Note: ONLY the child’s first name, age and state will be shown, unless a parent requests otherwise.)
Oh, and those prizes? They include Best Of 2012 party tickets for the adult winner and other fun treats for our younger entrants. Good luck!