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on: January 10, 2018, 01:59:46 AM
Well, here is my first attempt at copying the work of a famous artist.  My apologies to Vincent Van Gogh.


More like a Starry, Starry Nightmare.  I did it on the cardboard Liz gives me for practicing.   The cheap acrylic paint hardly stuck to the cardboard and I left more places unpainted than Vincent did on his..

Actually, with oil paint on a proper canvas, I think I can do a fairly good job.

Suggestions. 

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mea



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Reply #1 on: January 10, 2018, 02:44:15 AM
Mea, it's really quite good for a first go.  O0 It really isn't as easy as one might think. I would say in this instance you need to try and use shorter brush strokes. Starry Night is painted mainly with a broken colour technique with thinner, shorter, broken lines as opposed to the longer sweeping strokes used in the cypress and cornfield that I painted. I think you are on the right track, just need to study the technique a little more.

Great start, especially using substandard materials.  :heeha: I believe you could do a very appreciable Van Gogh.  :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Reply #2 on: January 10, 2018, 04:25:10 AM
Thanks, Val.  I will try again, in oil.

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Reply #3 on: January 11, 2018, 06:33:40 AM
I missed this Mea, not that I saw the strokes but when compared with the original the comment from Val is noticeable. Much brighter yellow also but that is not a bad thing. Any reference to Van Gogh always makes me think of that beautiful piece written and sung by Don McLean.
I'm all agog waiting for the Oil.


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Reply #4 on: January 11, 2018, 06:42:27 AM
Thanks, Bill.  You may need to wait a bit for the oil as I have been given some water-soluable colour wax pastels to try, so will use them first AND may even try it in the Crumpled Paper Technique.

Oh, this is all so exciting.

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Reply #5 on: January 11, 2018, 08:26:42 PM
Well done Mea :clap: . This one is in my bucket list for so long :whistle:
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Reply #6 on: January 12, 2018, 05:27:28 PM
Thanks, Bhavna.  I am going to try to finish the crumpled paper version using the water-soluable was pastels this morning.

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Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 09:58:34 PM
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Reply #8 on: January 13, 2018, 11:48:18 PM
Gita

Thanks.  I enjoyed doing it.

It's hard getting the short strokes to look as smooth and blended as his.

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Reply #9 on: January 14, 2018, 06:30:42 PM
I overdid it.  Too much of a good thing.  I tried the Crumpled Paper and the Caran D'Ache water-soluable wax pastels to do this version of Starry Starry Night.  Looks too out of control. I liked my acrylic on cardboard better even though this one took three times as much time.  Your thoughts?


I think I will like using the wax pastels, but not on crumpled paper.

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Reply #10 on: January 15, 2018, 01:38:03 AM
A huge improvement on your earlier piece Mea.


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Reply #11 on: January 15, 2018, 08:16:07 PM
Wow, I love it Mea.  :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Reply #12 on: January 15, 2018, 10:19:55 PM
I think the sky shows the technique beautifully, but I have to agree I don't think the crumpled paper worked very well in this case. We learn something new with every painting. How did you like working with the wax pastels?   :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Reply #13 on: January 17, 2018, 05:42:35 AM
Here's what I have been leading up to - using Van Gogh's Starry, Starry Night sky over Hawaii landmarks. Here's my first - over Diamond Head. I kept it simple by doing a Line and Wash.


Your thoughts?

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Reply #14 on: January 17, 2018, 05:46:09 AM
Thanks, Zilpa, Bill, and Val for your comments on the crumpled paper version.  I did give it a few more tweaks and am more satisfied with it now.

Val, I like the wax pastels, mainly because the set has 84 colors and they are not messy to use.

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mea
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