Vincent Van Gogh: Where Flowers Grow

Van Gogh flower quote, flowers do not grow on concrete,

Vincent Van Gogh

“Normality is a Paved road,  It is Comfortable to walk on;

But no flowers grow on it.”



Van Gogh flower quote, flowers do not grow on concrete,
VanGogh Quote



Where DO flowers grow?

In what places and conditions will I find my ‘flowers?’


(The photo above in violets and Greens,  was taken from     Floral Motifs,  an arrangement long past its retirement date, yet still gave me Beauty.)




A Journey Back….

Years ago,  David Taylor  A.W.I.  International watercolorist,  was holding a week long painting seminar in upper Hunter Valley, Australia. It was extremely popular.  In other words,  it was like Waikiki beach in peak tourist season.


Everyone vying for the exact same patch of hard beaten turf –  to watch, to paint, to listen. Madness!


When it was time to paint the scenic valley and hills, there was no room left for me to edge in and claim a painting spot.


So, I packed up.

Hiked up the cliffs to the top of the knoll. There I found a grand view overlooking the entire area.

I found my flowers up there.

It was certainly well worth all that effort.

David was smiling as I recall.

He liked that I took the initiative to move. To exert more effort and go look for myself to see what would suit me.   And  I remember that I was encouraged by his nod and smile.






Creative Enthusiasm!

To get the most out of my art  I  decided not to take the Comfortable road,  the easy way.

If I really was that hungry for art and painting improvements.  I’d go up the mountain. Or down the valley.


It takes Enthusiasm to  exert some effort.

It takes Enthusiasm To get off the beaten track and hike some crazy rabbit’s path all the way through the valley.

…..But,  then you stumble upon a place filled with the beauty of flowers.




Thank you,      Vincent Van Gogh.

It is true,  “flowers”  do not grow on top of paved concrete.





The Masters of Art

are always a wonderful way to relax, learn and soak in their passion for their art.

David Taylor 

B.E. Minns 

John Olsen 

Fred Williams 

Dale Chihuly 



A Wonderful Book  to explore

Delacroix to Klee – Fabulous art book




Other  favorite artists    I’d  like to  Share  


These are wonderful and brilliant artists that I have found to be very inspiring.  I’ve learned a Lot,  from reading online about each one of these artists……


Edward Seago;  Clarice Beckett;  Tony Smibert;  Georgia O’Keefe;   Blamire Young;  John Singer Sargent;   JW Turner;   Klimt:  Miro;  Rembrant;  Pisarro;    Corot


They all have lovely flowers ….. to share!

violet grows, van gogh quote,



May 2016  Term 2  Debi Riley Art and Painting Lessons  a  New Art Course Starts  in Perth, W.A.  at Atwell Gallery

Debi Riley   Funky Flowers    





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47 thoughts on “Vincent Van Gogh: Where Flowers Grow

    1. thanks! Bit of a Plug for my Term 2 art course. lol and I was continuing on in my “Greens” theme from Viridian II and Colors of Green. But this time wanted to switch it up for Friday’s Photos! I’m coming over now 🙂 I Love how deep violet and greens pair up

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  1. Thank you Debi for your inspiration and narrative about your love of painting. I appreciate the links for more exploration. Enjoy teaching your next class. I know I’ll enjoy hearing about it.

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  2. I just looked up some of the artists you stated and it was really beautiful to see. I like all of them a lot, too, and Tony Smibert is a very good looking man, too. Thanks for all your tips and inspiration, have a sunny day, regards Mitza


  3. I have always like Van Gogh’s paintings and there is so much truth in this quote. Thank you for sharing it!

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  4. Thanks for the stories, Debi, and the links as well. LOVE the violet photo. Stunning. It must have been so cool to take a class from an artist you admire so much. Maybe one day, you’ll do an online class? Ever thought about it? Thanks again, 3D!

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    1. Thank you! that little violet captured my heart 🙂 she was at the Perth zoo. spent a lot of time with her. LOL
      and online class…. hmmm. perhaps. one day. maybe on the ”back burner” idea list though!! but, its a good, project to think on…..

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      1. I’m playing with the idea. just don’t know how that would go. if possible. and how it’d affect my Normal viewers’ expectations for ‘posts with tips and Content’ … so am thinking!

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      2. I’d like too! a lot.
        but, I need to weigh how short, “No Content,” under 500 word posts will affect the website google searching patterns long term…
        Google will penalize and delete a site from searches, if one does this! so how to balance the 2….

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      3. I’m still trying to puzzle google out. I’d like, eventually to somehow… reach beyond WP. one day. but, I think I want to do the 30 days. or try! whats the rules?!

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      4. No rules! Paint every day is it! Any medium. I’m trying to complete one painting each day, but I wonder if I might post progress here and there if I can’t get a painting I’m happy with by day’s end. Not sure if Margaret is planning for 31 individual paintings at the end or not. That’s my intention but I work small. I’ll be working larger (but graduating to 8×10 or so won’t seem “large” to most people lol), but definitely starting where I am with small surfaces. I’d like to change up my surfaces too. Try lots of different ones.

        I totally understand wanting to reach beyond WP as well and thanks for the tip re google. Maybe I’ll try writing 500 words for each post too! Haha we’ll see what actually happens, I’m not putting pressure on myself. Don’t wanna strangle my muse. I hope you join us, this would jazz the heck outta me!

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      5. For me, may 1 is today but you’ve already had your may 1, haven’t you? Could you post one from the past today and then go an extra day at the end? I’m so glad you’re joining us!!!! 😘😊🎨🙀😎💃🏻

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