A personal tribute, to the master, from the heart. A portmanteau of sorts, of his works from 1888 and 1889, what are arguably his most productive or well received years. So, we have 1888 on his left, and 1889 on his right. Starry night from each year, border his ‘portrait as a painter’ and final self-portrait. I hope to celebrate his greatness, his brush strokes, and the general flow of his work. To explore the evolution of his style, possibly as his mental condition deteriorated. To explore the life of someone whose life seems always cast into darkness and took joy in the night sky.

Recreation was not the goal, the goal is tribute, homage, and celebration of a star so bright as this. So, this is my take on his bold brush strokes. My take on his palette (after researching his palette and finding some modern, brush licker approved substitutes. I honestly was not sure the idea would work.

The bust is Vincent from Alexandros Models, sculpted by Anastasiya. I painted it with Golden Artists Acrylics (Titanium White, Cobalt Blue Hue, Ultramarine, Cerulean, Viridian, Hansa Yellow, Cadmium Free Yellow Light, Naples Yellow, Prussian Blue, Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Red and Naphthol Red light).

I hope you enjoy this departure. I am quite pleased with it. But as always, comments and criticism are appreciated.