"ON LOVING VINCENT WE PAINTED 62,450 FRAMES IN OIL PAINTS.
We painted the first frame as a full painting on canvas board, and then painted over that painting for each frame until the last frame of the shot. We are then left with an oil-painting on canvas board of the last frame."
Check this out on: www.lovingvincent.com
It is a story within a story, of talented artists painting frame over frame over frame, crafting, then scratching off, the next second of the animation. The humility, the challenge to one's ego, the discipline, the creativity, the flexibility of their hands and minds adopting a style of a master, different from their own personal expression, to express the story of the man whose demons grew increasingly out of control - until all lucidity was blanketed out by darkness.
There are many who claim that Van Gogh did his most exceptional work when he was most in turmoil. In fact, as I learned from a Sky News Documentary, that is not true - he painted his masterpieces when most lucid. But it got me thinking about the nature of neuro-diversity, and I doubt that one could separate with more than a membrane of fragile divide, the neural disposition for Van Gogh's mental anguish (and eventually psychoticism), from the neural framework that allowed him to both assimilate and interpret, and output with such unique splendour.
It left me thinking about the very nature of mental health challenges, looking at it again from the viewpoint of my own (hopefully groundbreaking) work on GAIN Theory - which is in part about the 'domain of maximal functionality' - and my experience of working with persons with mental health challenges, using this new system, in a pretty unique sort of way.
And I've decided that I will eventually write a book called: Staying In The Mid Zone inspired by this astounding animation - which hasn't even been released yet. In many respects, as someone who is extremely neuro-diverse, though not in the way of Van Gogh (a share: I still draw stick people), it might as well be be my auto-biography. I'm fully expecting to be floored by the film when it premieres.
Here is a clip from the Sky News Documentary: