Van Gogh Style “Starry Night” Painting Challenge 3/300
January 3, 2019
The famous “Starry Night” in Vincent Van Gogh style
For the third painting from my painting challenge, I chose a Van Gogh style painting in acrylics, The Starry Night. I love the post-impressionism style of Vincent Van Gogh. Vincent van Gogh’s quotes are very dear to me and I related to them.
The Starry Night painting of Van Gogh was created in June 1889 and it’s an oil painting on canvas. However, I want to recreate the Starry Night using acrylics.
What I love about The Starry Night painting is that you can see Van Gogh style clearly in it. You can look at the sky of the night and see so much stillness, but Vincent Van Gogh saw this beautiful movement and flow. It feels like the painting is alive and the clouds will start moving and rotating more and more.
Van Gogh’s Quotes
I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream
The starry night techniques are pretty simple. You use thin and short brush strokes and move the brush with curved motions. The secret lies in adding more layers of paint strokes and adding contrast. You can create that kind of Van Gogh contrast by adding dark and lighter shades of paint.
How I recreated Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting in acrylics
I began my painting in Van Gogh style by creating the pencil sketch on paper. Mixing yellow, white, a bit of red and a pinch of the blue paint I got a cream/beige paint. Dilute the paint with water and cover the entire paper with it.
Next, using various shades of blue, paint the lines of the clouds. Watch the next video to get an idea of what I’m talking about. Use yellow and white for the stars and the Moon. Create a large tree in the middle of the painting, next to a small village. Add a lot of paint layers to create the Van Gogh style.
To finish, sketch the outline of the village with black paint. It might sound hard when I say it in words, but please, take a look at the following video. I promise it’s easier than it seems. Also, check my other videos on my Youtube channel. I’ll be publishing every day because I am participating in my personal painting challenge.
Thank you for visiting and enjoy the video! I also added relaxing music to accompany you while watching!