how to paint a starry night

How to paint a starry night
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.
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.

How to paint a starry night
Now that you have your sky in, it is time to work create some highlights and dimension to your galaxy. Start by using a clean slightly more wet sponge. Water down the color that you would like to use and gently glaze the color over the white of the galaxy (be sure that it is dry). This will create that bright color pop.
• Using any kind of pencil, draw a line where you want the horizon
• Use a damp sponge and pick up some white
• Tap the sponge several times on your palette to remove any excess paint, and to work the paint into the sponge
• Gently dab the sponge on the canvas to create a galaxy zone

How to paint a starry night
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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How to paint a starry night
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