Starlight is part of my new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art. In this image, I explore the work of the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890). Here, I re-imagine his 1889 masterpiece, The Starry Night, one of the most recognizable paintings in Western culture.
Here, I’ve added a few delicate hand-folded stars to the composition which features a postcard of The Starry Night taped up against a dramatic nighttime sky.
Every museum store in the world carries postcards of their most popular works. I have dozens of these cards featuring every style of painting imaginable.
In this new series, Visionaries: My Tribute to the Innovators of Fine Art, I explore the artistry of these painters - marrying their iconic images with both abstract backgrounds and ultra-realistic still life objects to create something entirely new.
The colors of the original painting were my guide in choosing the abstract background you see here - the dark, intense blue is not a color I normally use for backgrounds and exploring this different palette was a joy.
For the starry sky, I added the tiny stars in the background by spritzing the painted surface with mineral spirits until I was was satisfied with the sky’s appearance. I then enhanced select starswith tiny dots of paint to get the glowing effect.
The fun with the larger foreground stars was placing them “just so” in order to get the strange shapes to the shadows. You can see me working on both the small and large stars in a video I’ve posted on Instagram: Starlight on Instagram.