A painter

“In fact, I have no real friend but you, and when I am in low spirits, I always think of you. I only wish you were here, that we might again talk together about moving to the country.” Vincent van Gogh, “Letter to Theo Van Gogh,” 22 July 1883

 “A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.” Leonardo da Vinci