Friday, 10 February 2012

Painting like Van Gogh

We started out by reading this book about Van Gogh. I have to say, I am very impressed with these books, they are just the right level and have just enough information without it getting boring. Anyway, we studied Van Goghs paintings and Ebi-kun noted that he used very thick paint and you could see the paint stokes clearly.

Whilst Ebi-kun did a quiz I had prepared on Van Gogh I mixed up the paints for his impasto painting, I used powdered tempera and added in white flour, about equal amount to the paint, plus water until it made a really thick paint. We talked about how landscape painting are often split into three parts, the foreground, middle area and the sky, so Ebi-kun started with a rough sketch then got to work with the gooey paint and a wooden coffee mixer (thank you Starbucks)


I really need to remember to buy some proper yellow paint we only have yellow ochre and well, it looks like baby poo - enough said!.


He piled the paint on really thick and we used a canvas for the base, I don't think paper or card even would have held up, I picked the canvas up from Daiso, they sell them in different shapes and sizes. I gave him some tips like starting from the top and working down and to make sure he covered all the canvas.


With the paint being so thick it did take a while to dry and it did crack a bit (looks like a really old painting now), he did a great job and was very pleased with himself.


 Close up of the sky, it doesn't have the shine that oil paints have, maybe a layer of varnish will do the trick?


And what was I doing whilst he was having all the fun? Joining in, here is my version...


2 comments:

  1. Love this! Thanks for sharing! (Both my parents were life-long artists, or at least they tried to be! RIP. I have their art work all over my house.) Can't wait until my son is old enough to study other great artists! I'll be pinning your masterpieces ASAP!

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  2. Hi, I'm running an art challenge called 'in the style of me' (http://www.inthestyleofme.com), which is for people doing their own versions of famous artworks. I'd love it if you would join in.

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