Art of the Week: Perpetuating the Essence of Van Gogh

 

My painting of Van Gogh's original painting
My painting of Van Gogh’s original painting

What is it?

This is my revamp acrylic painting of Van Gogh’s original painting “A Meadow in the Mountains: Le Mas de Saint Paul”.  I call my painting (above) based on Van Gogh’s original piece: “Multidimensional Portals in Van Gogh’s Hyperspace”. Below is a picture of Gogh’s original painting.

Van Gogh’s Original Painting

Depicted in both of our paintings are heavily colored  pallets, defined brush strokes that converge into shapes resembling mountains, a barn, shrubbery, a meadow,  a rather crudely shaped stream, and a brilliant sunset/ sunrise.

My painting includes a UFO off to the side, floating ominously.  Hence the title to my painting. Meanwhile, Gogh’s painting features more shrubbery and contrasting colors in some areas.

How?

I emulated Van Gogh’s painting style which has been called impasto. Impasto paintings consist of very, very thick and copious amounts of paint placed blob by blob on top of or next to eachother until a desired appearance is achieved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impasto paintings are often highly textural in appearance.

I also used a photograph of Van Gogh’s original painting as a reference for creating my own.

Parts of this painting came to be quite systematically while others, like the sky, seemed to flow from out of me with no effort and lots of joy. The movement in the sky and in parts of the meadow reflect how I was feeling as I made them: joyful, energized, free.

Click the image above, the details will really stand out!

Conclusion

This piece made me feel like during parts of its creation I was merely a vessel for which the creation took place through me. It was as if the essence or spirit of Van Gogh was working through me in some areas. Of course, this could merely be a coincidental, natural phenomenon in which I was enjoying creating art. However, that is not a feeling I often acquire when making art and it is definitely not something I can do on demand. So..perhaps I should try something like this again in the future.

Thank you for reading!

 

 

 

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Art of the Week: Finesse

What is it?

This is a graphite drawing on a piece of paper that is 9 by 12 inches. Depicted is what I consider to be a beautiful, attractive, young woman in a pose which captured my artistic attention.

Why?

I found a photograph of this girl in my travels and wanted to present her beauty in my own creative way. This drawing is a result of such, and I used the photograph I found as a reference.

I also am creating more graphite, realism pieces like this lately because I believe they will strengthen my artistic skill and capabilities. It’s not really my niche to work solely in realism, but I do think it will teach me something about artistic discipline as I continue to create more realistic pieces like this.

How?

Like all my portrait drawings, I start the piece with a basic outline of the subject I am drawing. I don’t have a photo of this piece’s outline, but here is an old photograph of a piece that is currently in progress. This gives you an idea of what the basic outlines I start with look like.

Here’s another example of a basic outline..

After the outline, I get to work on the shape of the face and usually try to pick one part of the face to focus on for a bit before working all over the piece. This gives me a more accurate foundation for me to base my details on.

Now that I’m fairly satisfied with the face I begin to shade below it.

Shading continues….

Now that I’ve nearly finished shading, I take some time to darken some areas and smooth out the shading. I also manage to bend the paper…lucky me, especially during the final stages in this piece’s creation. Ah well. I don’t get too worked up about mistakes anymore. Every artwork I’ve made is essentially a compilation of mistakes I eventually deemed adequate. You can quote me on that. In fact, I will quote myself on that.

And it’s done!

Conclusion

This piece was one of those pieces that wasn’t exactly easy nor too challenging. There will be more to come. Thanks for reading!