Now I think I know … (a Van Gogh frame of mind)

I remain infatuated with Van Gogh for a lot of reasons. His ability to keep painting no matter how crappy his sales were (one painting of his sold during his lifetime), his use of yellow and his love of books and letters are a few of my reasons.

Most people know him as the artist who cut off his own ear, the crazy painter who killed himself. Ah, the trouble with legends is that most of us don’t take the time to find out what is true and what is questionable, or even false. Van Gogh was less than crazy and he might not have killed himself. But, these are discussions we should have over his biography and a glass of wine.

So, back to my infatuation. In designing paintings for painting parties here at Arts on Union and other venues, I decided to try “Starry, Starry Night,” to see (1) could I do it?  and (2) is it paintable in a 2-hour time frame, which is about the length of a painting party.

Christine Goldbeck's interpretation of Van Gogh's painting "Starry Starry Night"

Christine Goldbeck’s interpretation of Van Gogh’s painting “Starry Starry Night”

My village is a bit brighter than his and I took the liberty of doing more starry swirls. I also used a slightly different color scheme, which is brighter overall. I didn’t stop there, though. I decided to do interpretations of some of his sunflower paintings. Not copies, but interpretations. (By the way, if you click on images of the paintings, you can view them bigger. Please do!)

"11 Sunflowers" by Christine Goldbeck.

“11 Sunflowers” by Christine Goldbeck.

Herein, I ended up doing more of the me, than Van Gogh, but, still, nobody does sunflowers like Van Gogh did.


Christine Goldbeck's painting "15 Sunflowers"

Christine Goldbeck’s painting “15 Sunflowers”


Please watch the video below. No matter how many times I hear this song, I still get teary-eyed. And, I highly recommend the biography “Van Gogh: The Life,” by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.

Upcoming Painting Parties Dates and Details

Painting Party with Christine Goldbeck

Yes! You Can! It begins with a blank canvas and you complete a painting!

 YOU can paint! We all have the ability. AND it IS fun. So, sign up for an upcoming painting party or book a private party at Arts on Union or at your home or office (see FAQs below).

Upcoming Painting Parties at Arts on Union



  • Saturday,August 2, 2014 – 5 p.m. (deadline to reserve spot is Wednesday, July 30th.)
  • Saturday, August 23, 2014 – 5 p.m.(deadline to reserve spot is Wednesday, August 20th.)
  • Saturday Sept. 6, 2014  – 5 p.m. (deadline to reserve spot is Wednesday, August 27th.)


Painting Party with Christine Goldbeck at the Blue Room

Painting Party with Christine Goldbeck at the Blue Room

No experience is necessary. I will teach you how to paint from start (blank canvas) to finish and you will leave with your own masterpiece to hang in your home or office.

I provide all your painting materials. (Don’t wear your Sunday best unless, like me, all your clothes are custom painted.)

The party is 2.5 – 3 hours with a built in 15-20 minute break for drying time. Come a little early, grab a drink/snacks.  Then, we’ll paint for an hour or so, take a break (refill!) and return to our easels to finish our paintings.  Questions? Call me (570) 205-0736 or send an email to 

To register and reserve your spot for an upcoming painting party or to discuss options and details for a private party, please text or email me.


Friends gather at a recent painting party to show their paintings.

Friends gather at a recent painting party to show their paintings.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is the cost for a party at Arts on Union?

$40.00 payable to Christine for supplies/teaching and snacks/beverages.

$35. 00 if you bring a friend.


2. What is the cost for a PRIVATE party at Arts on Union?

If you are supplying the food, beverages and paper goods, $30 per person. Children’s parties are $15 per person, when you bring the food/beverages.

If we are supplying food, beverages and paper goods, cost is $40.00 per person for adults and $25 per person for a children’s party.


3. Can you do a painting party at my house or corporate office?

Certainly, if you supply the food and beverage, I’ll bring all the painting supplies and set up at your place. Cost is $35 per person.

Please feel free to call, email or text us with any additional questions.