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Friday, November 30, 2012

Starry, Starry Night, 8x8 Inch Oil Painting byKelley MacDonald

This month the Girls Just Wanna Paint Challenge is to "Paint Like Van Gogh".  I thought this was a fairly brilliant topic, as I am a huge fan of Vincent.  But what really happened, when I tried to copy (a portion of) Starry Night, what that I LEARNED so much!  At first I thought it was going to be easy-peasy - what's so hard about blobbing paint on the panel or canvas, right?

Well!  He was a spot-on-master of value, for all his fame about color.  And if you think it's easy (as I did) getting that thick paint to lay down on top of other thick strokes, you've got another think coming!  Ah.... I love it when I'm learning and painting.  So... check out the other Girls' paintings HERE.  I think you'll enjoy it!  Hey - it's December.... Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit (for good luck!).
Enjoy the Season... what ever your family's traditions are!


  1. I think this is wonderful, Kelley! I once did a Van Gogh piece as well and I found it to be one of my most fun paintings ever. I also read about Van Gogh and he was really an interesting but oh so troubled man.

  2. Van Gogh would be proud!!! It is a great challenge and you did a great job with it...Bravo!!!

  3. starry, starry night!
    Love this - you got it!

  4. You nailed it. Maybe even trumped it - love the thick, juicy paint and vibrant colors.

  5. Oh Kelley, love this soooo much, xxoi


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