We all know Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, painted while living in the St. Remy asylum.
Like a lot of people I’ve been intrigued by this image and so, of course, I’ve wanted to do my own version of the night sky I see here at my home (technically not an asylum but if this quarantine goes on too much longer…well…)
I’m currently working on the one at the left in encaustic (not done yet).
Years ago I braided a rug in recycled wool, mostly-blue with yellow stars in the shape of the big dipper (aka the Alaska state flag - go wolverines!).
So what does your starry night sky look like? Choose your medium from whatever you have: photos, paint, pencil, collage, crayons, fabric, colored sand, yarn, frosting on a cake, blue jeans & jewelry, towels and TP, magic beans?
If you have watercolors and want to try that, here’s a step by step watercolor of night sky — https://www.tropicdrawing.com/watercolor-night-sky/
Need inspiration? Google night sky art and see what you come up with!
I’m lucky. I have the art supplies I need to create my work in my home studio. You may be lucky in that way too, or you may find yourself looking for a way to be creative but with limited resources. The point of the TED video is that art isn’t just one thing, created in one way, or not valuable if it isn’t perfect.
Sometimes it is more about the creative process.
This week’s challenge is to create something using nontraditional materials like Vik Muniz in his work ‘Double Mona Lisa (Peanut Butter and Jelly), or use traditional materials in a way you normally wouldn’t (scribbling to draw a picture when you are normally very precise in your work).
When you're finished, email an image to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it on the ArtWorks page on Facebook. If needed, include an explanation of your process and materials.
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