Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Starry night over Gairloch

looking for inspiration


 There are many Artists whom I love and have influenced me over the years. My little' Starry Night over Gairloch' collage is a little bit of fun in celebration of Van Goghs famous painting.

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Starry Night, Van Gogh

 Van Gogh was a master of colour, I just love the swirling sky!


My collage used citrasolve paper for the sea and gelli printed paper for the sky. I use Golden Gel medium to stick the citrasolve paper down as it creates less wrinkles than pva glue types.




I have so many favourite paintings this weeks Artists Playroom challenge to choose one seemed a bit tough!
I visited Aberdeen over last weeks long holiday weekend and spent Sunday afternoon in the city Art gallery, I LOve Art Galleries! They are such peaceful contemplative spaces. Aberdeen although the third largest city in Scotland is not particularly large and the gallery is not full of Van Goghs, but it does have some interesting works.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

 The beautiful weekend weather meant Union Terrace gardens finally looked quite springlike!

Union Terrace gardens
 My trip to the gallery reminded me that much of my inspiration comes from less famous artists; the gallery has a beautiful watercolour by contemporary Scottish artist Elizabeth Blackadder. I have admired her deceptively simple still life watercolours since I was a student in Edinburgh ( many years ago :)! )

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Elizabeth Blackadder Flowers on an Indian cloth
                                                           
So I did a little watercolour still life tribute to her fantastic work.

Still life with Goss china and little shoes


17 comments:

  1. Love many things for therein lies the true strength and whosoever loves much, performs much and can accomplish much and what is done in love...is done well....Van Gogh

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  2. It's strange, I looked at your Starry Night and thought it looked like a night over a Scottish Island, and it was. Shows how spotbon your interpretation is., it's lovely. The fact that I'm reading 'The Italian Chapel' about Lamb Holm in the Orkneys perhaps helps. Have you read it?
    The elizabeth Blackadder tribute is so tenderly done with such a delicate touch.
    Thanks for the very perceptive comment on my post.

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  3. Your starry night painting is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Janet. Your kind comments are much appreciated :)

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  4. Thanks for the interesting post and seeing your art tributes. You are so talented, girl!xx

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    1. Thank you so much Lizabethem, I enjoyed this weeks challenge at the APR, Jen is great at coming up with new and exciting prompts and I don't need much of a prompt to visit a Art Gallery :)

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  5. Wonderful post! I especially love your watercolour still life, the colours are so vibrant!

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you like my still life best as that too is my favourite, I enjoy putting little treasures together and painting them.

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  6. Your Starry Night is mesmerising! And the watercolour, so sweet and fresh. It was lovely here, slightly west of Aberden, too at the weekend :0) Mo

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    1. let us hope for many more sunny weekends to add to the collection :)

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  7. These are lovely pieces where you have captured the soul of the artists you admire. There is something pretty magical about seeing art 'in the flesh' isn't there?

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    1. Thank you so much,I adore looking at paintings close up, looking at small brushstrokes you can almost feel how they have been created.

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  8. Love your inspired work! And the descriptions.

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  9. Your collage is gorgeous, I love how you echo the original but I think I like yours better. They colors are so fresh. Fun to see your pictures of Aberdeen and "deceptively simple" artwork is so often my favorite kind. :)

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  10. this is remarkably brilliant work!! I love how you played and created an entire World to fall into and explore!!

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  11. Oh I love your van Gogh artwork! It's wonderful!

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  12. Absolutely wonderful!!!!!!!!

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