Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Finally got some drawing done

At Art Journal Journey, the year begins with Inspired by the Masters pt. II. I really enjoyed part I. In this instalment I have Van Gogh's Starry Night (the first Starry Night he painted). This painting pushed me into dropping everything and moving to Europe, where I lived for a few years. I really wanted to see the original. I did see it and it was good. However, what a surprise it was to find that I was knocked off feet by another painting that I never expected would impress me, nor did I ever find the reproductions interesting.

When I got to Paris, I sped through the Musée d'Orsay and flew into the Impressionists' section so I could finally see Starry Night. And there, in my face was an enormous Water Lilies canvas. Yep, the Water Lilies. Stopped me dead in my tracks, I gasped audibly and blurted out:  "Is this the original?". It was STUNNING!!  And these are the kind of surprises I love - the last thing you'd expect, blows your mind. So here's to Starry Night for changing my life!


Oil pastels layered and scratched through


And I finally got to do some tangling. This tile is for Joey's challenge #42 (I hope it's OK that I used tangles other than Lucky; not sure whether this challenge is a mono-tangle) and Diva's challenge #199.



37 comments:

  1. BeUTIFUL WORK Zoe, and I know that feeling of being stunned by the beaut of art! Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey! Valerie

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    1. Thanks Valerie-Jael! Oh yes, there are some stunners out there.

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  2. awesome oil painting and nice tangles Zoe. happy new year to you

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    1. Happy New Year to you too, Shylaa!

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  3. Great Van Gogh styled page Zoe ... I know that feeling about seeing the original on the wall of a beloved painting....
    Thank you so much for joining the January theme at Art Journal Journey !
    The tangle is fab as well! A great compostion and motion in it!

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  4. I don't know how long it had been since you did any tangling, but you clearly did not lose your touch .There are nice depth and movement in your challenge tile. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2015 Down Under. I wish we were having some summer here at 39.95 north latitude - 75.17 west longitude. (I'll save you having to look it up----those are the coordinates for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the USA. )

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    1. Wow, thank you for your feedback! Happy New Year to you too! I am typing this next to an air conditioner :)

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  5. Ooh! this reminds me of a jewelry box...strings of pearls, jewels, ribbons. Very girly and sparkly. I love it! Your scratch art is very nice, too. A little bit like VanGogh, to my eyes. Well done!

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    1. Oh! that's what I get for commenting before reading. How very cool, the impact that VanGogh had on you! Great story.

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    2. Thank you for such great feedback and for a fun tangle!

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    1. Thanks Anne! I love drawing ribbons and anything in Helen Williams' style.

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  7. It looks like a caterpillar that moves to the top of a ribbon. Nice shading

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    1. This kind of drawing is fun that way - we can see anything.

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  8. Both are great! I like your lovely page inspred by Van Gogh! Wonderful tile for the Zentangle-challenges! Great 3D-effect!

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  9. Hey there my cyber friend!!! I feel like it has been so long! I'm afraid my time is going to get even more limited in this new year. And what time I do get I want to create! One of these days it'll balance out! Til then, wow, your work here is fabulous!! You are always such an inspiration! I see that there are a few other quillers joining in on Diva's challenge and Inchies!! (I told you, you are an inspiration :0) ) I hope your holiday was lovely and that your New Year is out of this world!!! (((Hugs))) to you! :0) Annette

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comments and wishes! I look forward to seeing every bit of work you create this year. Have a good one!

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  10. I really like this! It's very pretty!

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  11. Gorgeous inspired art :) I saw one of Monet's waterlily paintings in London. I think the thing that struck me most was the sheer size of the canvas. You see so many prints of it that you really don't expect it to be the size of a wall! And all the different colours in every daub of paint - stunning.

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    1. I know, it was the size with the wow factor. Thank you for your feedback!

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  12. Love your painting and your tile.

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  13. Lovely work Zoe! Wish you a very happy new year!

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    1. Thanks Nupur, happy new year to you too!

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  14. Like your ribbon across the tile. nice job on Hitch.

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  15. Lovely Van Gogh inspiration. I've loved the work of Vinnie (as I call him) since I was a little girl. :)

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    1. Oh yeah, Vinnie is good :) Thank you for your feedback!

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  16. Lovely lovely Lucky!! Great job!

    ~ Diane Clancy
    http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2015/01/my-joeys-lucky-in-15-challenge-entry

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