Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Starry, Starry Night
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Yesterday, MPL Youth Services began its starry night mural. Broadway Gal and Miss Alicia began the project by free-hand sketching a paint-by-numbers outline on the wall near my special press door (if Boss Lady would ever install it, that is). Then our youthful patrons began the arduous task of painting inside the lines.
Painting by the Numbers
Starry Night, So Far
How does this compare to, say, Vincent van Gogh's original? Well, that's not a fair comparison. Our young patrons are supremely talented draw-inside-the-lines painters. It wasn't his fault that Van Gogh was a poor by-the-numbers, inside-the-lines painter. But let's cut the dude some slack. After all, he had a bad ear, like moi.
Starry Night, by Vincent van Gogh (1889)
Seriously, anybody who wants to learn how to use color in painting could learn bundles from Van Gogh. His use of color was extraordinary by any measure.
Our Youth Services artists are doing a fine job with their interpretation of Van Gogh's masterpiece. I can't wait to see the finished canvas. Guess I can wait. That wall isn't going anywhere.
What About Feline Painting, Broadway Gal? Just Saying,
Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Youth Services Arts & Crafts Beat
P.S. Sorry again, Junior. I stole your press beat.
P.P.S. "Vincent," by Don McLean, is a tribute to the great artist. The song appeared on the LP American Pie (1971). I know we already used this tune as a musical closer, but it's an ideal fit to this blog posting, you'll agree.
P.P.P.S. Vincent van Gogh felt intense isolation because of his artistic sensibilities. That brought to mind "When I'm Alone," by Carbon Leaf, from the band's debut album, Indian Summer (2004).