"Your painting is clearly
not a Van Gogh," I told Miss Featherduster. "Look closely. Van
Gogh painted quickly. He used lots of thick paint. Sometimes he didn't even
mix the colors. He didn't smooth out his brushstrokes because he liked the
way they revealed the colors and his feelings about the scene."
Detail of Van Gogh's brushstrokes
Detail of mystery artist's brushstrokes
"Now your mystery artist,
on the other hand, used a much finer brush. It's not as smooth as some painters'
brushwork, but I don't see Van Gogh's famous brushstrokes here. Let's look
at the list again."