I started this painting before I went to see the Van Gogh exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I finished it yesterday. I think (hope) that the experience of seeing Van Gogh’s work, in person, for the second time, had a positive influence on my eye and may approach. I know I put a bit more thought into my color choices. I also know a thought a little more about the deliberateness of my hand. I can see just a bit of difference…a slight improvement. I hope I can build on it…I hope I grow…I know how I’m thinking about my future work has definitely grown. I am more inspired than ever to paint! I may require a trip to the artist supply store! It may require me to start stretching my own canvases!