how to do a stary night painting
The village has been variously identified as either a recollection of Van Gogh’s Dutch homeland,   or based on a sketch he made of the town of Saint-Rémy.   In either case, it is an imaginary component of the picture, not visible from the window of the asylum bedroom.
Art historian Ronald Pickvance says that with “its arbitrary collage of separate motifs,” The Starry Night “is overtly stamped as an ‘abstraction’.”  Pickvance claims that cypress trees were not visible facing east from Van Gogh’s room, and he includes them with the village and the swirls in the sky as products of Van Gogh’s imagination.  Boime asserts that the cypresses were visible in the east,  as does Jirat-Wasiutyński.  Van Gogh biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith concur, saying that Van Gogh “telescoped” the view in certain of the pictures of the view from his window,  and it stands to reason that Van Gogh would do this in a painting featuring the Morning Star. Such a compression of depth serves to enhance the brightness of the planet.
Starry Night is one of the most recognized pieces of art in the world. It is absolutely everywhere, too. It can be seen on coffee, mugs, t-shirts, towels, magnets, etc. Honestly, it sometimes feels as if the painting’s fame has exceeded that of its creator. It is a magnificent piece of art. That Starry Night resonates with so many people is a testament to how its beauty is timeless and universal.
Vincent van Gogh painted Starry Night in 1889 during his stay at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Van Gogh lived well in the hospital; he was allowed more freedoms than any of the other patients. If attended, he could leave the hospital grounds; he was allowed to paint, read, and withdraw into his own room. He was even given a studio. While he suffered from the occasional relapse into paranoia and fits – officially he had been diagnosed with epileptic fits – it seemed his mental health was recovering.
Unfortunately, he relapsed. He began to suffer hallucination and have thoughts of suicide as he plunged into depression. Accordingly, there was a tonal shift in his work. He returned to incorporating the darker colors from the beginning of his career and Starry Night is a wonderful example of that shift. Blue dominates the painting, blending hills into the sky. The little village lays at the base in the painting in browns, greys, and blues. Even though each building is clearly outlined in black, the yellow and white of the stars and the moon stand out against the sky, drawing the eyes to the sky. They are the big attention grabber of the painting.
Largely self-taught, van Gogh produced more than 2,000 oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and sketches, which became in demand only after his death. He also wrote scores of letters, especially to his brother Theo, in which he worked out his thoughts about art. вЂњAlways continue walking a lot and loving nature, for thatвЂ™s the real way to learn to understand art better and better,вЂќ he wrote in 1874. вЂњPainters understand nature and love it, and teach us to see.вЂќ 1
Observation and Imagination in The Starry Night (1889)
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This tutorial will take you through easy to follow, step-by-step instructions on how to paint Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting. This is a simplified version of the original masterpiece and is not intended to be an exact replica. We’re here to have fun and be creative, so let’s get painting and let’s get sipping!
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