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