Vincent van Gogh – arguably the most recognisable name in art – painted three versions of A Wheatfield with Cypresses in 1889 while at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole mental health facility in France.
Creativity loves (and cures) insanity, right?
My Mom is a big fan of van Gogh’s work and very casually asked me to paint the London version of A Wheatfield with Cypresses. The original looks like this:
It took me a couple of days, but here are the steps:
Using a digital image for reference, I tried to match my ready-mixed colours as closely as I could. Mixing colours is not my thing (and my excuse for buying as many acrylic colours as I want to!).
Kneeling over a canvas is some of the best core exercise ever! Keep your back straight and contract your abs 😛
It looks hella-messy, but this layering technique has really helped me to loosen up a bit and not be so perfectionist about my work. Perfectionism is the enemy; painting outside the lines is the solution!
I won’t lie, these clouds – though amateurish-looking – were hard!
So many different greens! At this point, I really felt like progress was being made.
So close… and yet…
Look, it’s not a perfect replica, but my Mom was really happy with it and that’s what mattered the most 🙂
Heritage Craft Acrylic Paint is the lifeblood of my paintings. These are the colours I used:
Blues: Wave Blue, Beryl Blue, Polar Ice, Mid Blue, Mod Blue, Baltic Blue, Sky Blue
Greens: Sage Green, Vine Green, Grass Green, Mountain Green, Rayner Green
Yellows: Sun Yellow, Yellow Ocre, Golden
Other Colours: Cloud Grey, White, Golden Brown, Mars Red
Comments welcome 🙂