Thursday, April 24, 2014

Inspired by Van Gogh

Even with having my grandson home last week, I managed to do some painting. This was done in a Van Gogh mood (LOL - I have always loved Van Gogh).  I was really just playing around and when I was finished, voila, I liked it!  Sometimes when there is no pressure I do my best work.  Pressure tends to stifle my creativity.  This actually inspired me to paint a much bigger version of the same subject (this is 5x7) which I hope to put up in a day or so.  I had lots of fun with acrylic paint, including bronze metallic, and PanPastels in gold and silver.  I also swirled silver paint in the night sky.  I used Matisse background paint (China Red) for the boat.  These are marvelous paints - I love to use them under my paintings as well - I did that with the larger painting.  Have put this up for sale in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for visiting - I hope you enjoyed the holidays last week - Easter or Passover, whichever you celebrate.   Will be linking to Paint Party Friday on Friday.  It's hosted by the fabulous team of Kristin and Eva and it is just like bringing a big ol' art gallery into your home.  Go and browse or submit your own work - no experience required.  Have a blessed and art filled day.

41 comments:

  1. This is really beautiful! Valerie

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    1. Thank you Valerie - you have been a very good "online" friend!!! I so appreciate all of your support.

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  2. How wonderful! I really love the swirls in the air!

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  3. Hi Gina. Love your Van Gogh style of painting. Well done. I'm a Van Gogh fan as well, I love him and his work. Those Matisse paints sound great. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. I can't help it - I just love art supplies. Those Matisse background paints are fabulous and not just for backgrounds. Very strongly pigmented. Thanks for coming by and encouraging me.

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  4. Beautiful painting!!!
    I'm going to Paris next month and I hope to see a Van Gogh at the Musée D'Orsay!

    Smiles from Belgium,
    Saskia :)

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    1. Oh you lucky girl!!! He has always been a favorite of mine. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Its great, especially loving the colours in the sea. Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks so much Annette - I enjoyed painting the water and sky

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  6. Very successful Van Gogh like picture. You really capture all the deep beautiful colors reflected in the water. Happy PPF

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting and leaving such a lovely comment

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  7. I love the way the boat just pops out!! Beautiful!!

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    1. I am starting to use more red. I even did a painting with a red background. I was always afraid of red before! Thanks for your lovely comment

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  8. I really love this piece, it speaks volumes in its simplicity. Wonderful work.

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    1. Thank you Kate - that is a lovely thing to say

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  9. What a gorgeous piece. I can see the inspiration and love the scale of the boat in the huge space.

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  10. Lovely little boat painting done in a Van Gogh style. Looks so peaceful and beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Faye - sometimes I'd like to sail away (just for a little while) and enjoy some of that calm!!!

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  11. Valerie I really like this. You captured the Van Gogh spirit.
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  12. It's a wonderful piece. It shows all the pleasure you had in making it. Love the brushwork and the overall peaceful feeling it illustrates. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. How cool! I love the contrast in size between the immense celestial body and the tiny earthly vessel. The different tones in the water make me very happy!

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    1. I did a much larger version ( 20 x 24"which I haven't had time to photograph) and in that one I did a very small moon. I like that contrast on the small canvas as well. Thanks so much for your encouraging comments!

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  14. Beautiful! Love how you did this, and it seems like a lot of fun to learn from old masters.

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  15. This is a gorgeous piece, very soothing and peaceful, I love it!

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  16. A great painting. I love the colours in the water. Thanks for your comment over at my place.

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  17. This is such a quiet painting. It gives me a sense of serenity. :)

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  18. Gina I am so amazed at the evolution of your creativity....you seem to have found yourself in studying the masters! It's just incredible to watch! Have you looked back on your blog and compared your recent pieces..wow... this has been a good year of beautiful work! Keep going lady!! Your soul is shining through!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. You absolutely made my day - such wonderful, encouraging words. You are an encourager - I consider you one of my special online friends.

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  19. I love painting these wonderous nice sky!

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment

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  20. Oh this is just lovely - so calming....
    Thanks for stopping by and welcoming me to PPF :)

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  21. Peaceful, calm, delightful! Love the huge moon!

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    1. Thanks Renee - I know I could use some of that calm and peace myself!

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  22. Great job! I always have liked those artists too... beautiful work:)

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