Thursday, February 16, 2017


All the moons and comets and stars have been great items of interest in the past little while, and we’ve stood out in the cold back yard, breaths wafting up into the darkness, as we took in these once-in-a-lifetime moments of astronomical significance.  All that cosmic display, going on for untellable time, just up there for the looking at---we seldom think of what grandeur just goes on without us, heedless of our little plans and designs.  

Caro just sent me a lovely video of an unimaginably-painted scene---Van Gogh’s STARRY NIGHT coming to life atop a bowl of dark water.    In a moment, the artist’s hands scatter-spatter, then splash-drip the paint in childish blobs.   Then he magically swirls and contours the masses of  quivering colour into the familiar beauty of Vincent’s nightscape with just a few dips and strokes of brush and fingers.  I cannot think how he ever thought to DO it, let alone honed such a technique into such a frangible art form, ephemeral and fleeting as smoke.  

A moment to take in the beauty of it, then a magnificent swirl of the heavens, like a cosmic interruption that shook galaxies in the creation of the Universe.   A few more drops of colour bring a magical transformation into another familiar painting---simply stunning in the making.

This is too beautiful not to share. Do make it into full screen and use your sound---Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata lends the perfect accompaniment.


donna baker said...

One of my favorite paintings and artists.

Susie said...

I love the starry night painting.....but this technic is beyond belief. What a talented artist , I would so love to see it in person. I too went out for the Snow full moon and a glorious sunset here at the same time. But I did not get back out to see the comet. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Chronica Domus said...

This is one of my daughter's favorite paintings.

We were hoping to see some celestial magic last Friday when we set out on our journey to the snow but, alas, we missed the partial eclipse of the moon, and could not even find the comet, 45P, that was floating about for all to see but us it seems. Perhaps you've had better luck?

NanaDiana said...

Headed over to take a look at this artist and his work. Thanks. I do love our starry heavens and looking up makes me feel that I am very small and insignificant in the big picture of life. It is humbling! xo Diana

Kim S. said...

Astonishing. And watching it is like meditating.