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My acrylic painting "Starry Night Over Africa" was painted in honor of Vincent Van Gogh's birthday yesterday. Of course I put my own fun spin on it paying tribute to the majestic elephant. "Realism?...I guess is my style so doing the Starry Night sky part of the painting was a struggle for me. My eyes, brain and hands want to paint and draw what I see.....like it's real. Working loose like impressionists makes my brain hurt. I guess about an hour into the sky the little voices in my head were telling me to scrap it and quit. But I was determined and mushed on. Painting the silhouette of the elephants and the tree was so much easier for me.
A friend of mine loves Renoir's "Bouquet De Une Loge" ( I think that's the title)..... which is a bouquet of flowers on a couch. But it's impressionism. I'm going to try to do my own version of it and have been looking at bouquets of flowers and velvet couches. And I've been studying up close how impressionists paint. I'm not looking forward to having to paint it loose and stroky (is that a word?). I joked with my daughter that maybe I'll paint it with my left hand. LOL
Anyway, when you see me post a painting of flowers on a couch......you will know that I am very relieved that the painting is done and over. :)