2016-013 – Starry Night Mandala

Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

This week’s MotD theme: Skyscapes

Today we celebrate the pinnacle of skyscape masterpieces…Vincent Van Gogh‘s Starry Night. The fact that he created this painting while in an Asylum at Saint-Remy in 1889, speaks volumes. And while people comment about this piece from every perspective, I’m more interested in his mandala-like expression of stars and moon glow.

I love how he used curves strokes of bright colors to depict the light radiating from and around these nighttime orbs. With these expressive strokes, the moon glow appears as if under the rippling effects water. The brightest star just above the horizon makes me think it could be the bright light of a planet, like Venus or Jupiter.

It truly is a stunning piece of art.

About the Image/Source

From the Van Gogh Gallery biography page, they state:

Van Gogh’s finest works were produced in less than three years in a technique that grew more and more impassioned in brushstroke, in symbolic and intense color, in surface tension, and in the movement and vibration of form and line. Van Gogh’s inimitable fusion of form and content is powerful; dramatic, lyrically rhythmic, imaginative, and emotional, for the artist was completely absorbed in the effort to explain either his struggle against madness or his comprehension of the spiritual essence of man and nature.

To view more of his masterpieces, visit his Catalog of Paintings on the Van Gogh Gallery site.

Inspiration For Today

Van Gogh’s painting demonstrates for us the power of expression…to create from the perspective of how we feel about what we experience instead of trying to just replicate what we see with our eyes. Express your Self!

Happy Coloring!

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