I remember it vividly. There was a competition in art class in third grade. We were to replicate van Gogh’s famous painting, The Starry Night. I was mesmerized with the painting. The colors, the swirls, the sharp roof lines. All of it. I loved van Gogh’s post-impressionist style. He quickly became my favorite artist because of that painting and competition although I did not win.
The following year, in fourth grade, we had to do a presentation on our favorite artist. Maybe it was our favorite historical figure but the category was broad and I remember choosing van Gogh. We were instructed to not only present the person but portray him or her during the presentation. At this point I had done a bit of research and learned that Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear. That fact stuck out in my young mind so I incorporated it into my presentation by wearing a large, sticky gauze bandage over my own left ear. Tearing that bandage off was painful, let me tell you. It had to score me some major points, right?
About 10 years later while in college I had the opportunity to visit the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. It was such a fun experience to see so many of his original pieces in person. With every corner I turned I hoped to see The Starry Night, the painting that initially piqued my interest in van Gogh and his work. After touring the museum I found out The Starry Night was at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Go figure! I will never look at a still life of sunflowers again without remembering that trip.
At any rate, I was working on these two cute little side tables last week when van Gogh and The Starry Night jogged my memory. I hadn’t thought about that painting in a very long time until I was applying white wax over Artissimo. The contrast between the dark and light.
Certainly this isn’t post-impressionism work but a little bit of white wax over such an intense color softens the look, doesn’t it?
Do you have a favorite artist?
(All van Gogh images are from Wikipedia)