Our site has been experiencing technical difficulties, part of which have been resolved by the good folks at GoComics. On Monday (5/6) we were only able to view some of the comments from a few of you and unfortunately we were unable to respond to the rest of them since we could not see them. Part of the problem is solved and as of yesterday, we can now see and comment on your comments again. Lulu Mahoney was kind enough to repost her comment from Monday, late yesterday and we wanted to present it for all of today’s viewers to see. We also invite anyone else who commented on Monday but whose posts can’t be seen to consider reposting them today. We would love to hear from you. Here is Lulu’s comment.
This comment is for yesterday’s strip, just in case no one will be able to see it there: "Vincent van Gogh painted ‘The Starry Night’ (1889) in order to express his emotional reaction to a scene through color. He painted the picture during the time he was a patient in the Saint-Rémy asylum. During the time period, he painted in a “dumb furry”. He frequently had been staying up three nights in a row to paint. He stayed up at nights to paint because, as he wrote, “The night is more alive and more richly colored than the day”. He used to have fits of productivity.
Van Gogh’s work was known for its agitated and swirling brushstrokes. He used color and brushwork to express his emotional reaction. Often he worked with thick impasto in choppy strokes or wavy ribbons. His moods frequently were passionate and vibrant. In ‘The Starry Night’, van Gogh’s brushwork is used to convey movement, and the stars and the moon seem to explode with energy. The work is, nevertheless, balanced and planned, in spite of its rash and half-hazard appearance."