Sunday, May 15, 2011

Grungy Monday 6 - Vincent

My crafting mojo was non-existent this week, but I still wanted to accept Linda's challenge to follow Tim’s paint dabber resist technique like he did here. My inspiration song is Vincent (Starry Starry Night) by Don McLean which has such amazingly beautiful imagery in its lyrics

Starry starry night, paint your palette blue and grey
Look out on a summer's day with eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills, sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills, in colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand what you tried to say to me
How you suffered for you sanity How you tried to set them free
They would not listen they did not know how, perhaps they'll listen now

Starry starry night, flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue, morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand.

For they could not love you, but still your love was true
And when no hope was left in sight, on that starry starry night
You took your life as lovers often do,
But I could have told you, Vincent,
This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you

Starry, starry night, portraits hung in empty halls
Frameless heads on nameless walls with eyes that watch the world and can't forget.
Like the stranger that you've met, the ragged man in ragged clothes
The silver thorn of bloody rose, lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me
How you suffered for you sanity How you tried to set them free
They would not listen they're not listening still
perhaps they never will.

I’m almost sorry I went with this beautiful song as I really don’t feel I did it justice. I’ve loosely followed his work of art with my own spin. I’ve been wanting to add this daffodil flower idea I found here, so I figured I wouldn’t find another song that mentioned them, so I’ll go with it. That led me to start thinking that maybe I’ll use this as my Bloomin’ Diary (another project I’ll esplain some other time. I actually made a “real” artist trading card!! I just created this little guy in Photoshop and printed it onto a Club Scrap white. Very happy with that one element…the rest, not so much.

Paper is from the following Club Scrap Kits: Weekender, Poetic, Autumn Splendor, white (?) but is definitely Club Scrap.
Distress Inks: stormy sky, mustard seed, weathered wood, black soot
Other: pearlescent watercolors, Silver paint dabber, Sparkle stamp from Club Scrap..


  1. Chrissie, I love this. All of the elements. The starry sky is beautiful. The little village is darling. I think your mojo was hiding amongst the stars. This piece is wonderful.

  2. Methinks you don't give yourself enough credit - it comes together really nicely. The daffodil is really great, thanks for the link on how to make one. Your starry sky is really just fantastic, and I love how the little village is sitting below the beautiful sky.

  3. What a gorgeous tribute to both Van Gogh and Don McLean!I just love love that you're sticking with the music themed pieces, Chrissy, and you always do such a beautiful job. This is a BRILLIANT use of the GM technique. I think you more than did the song justice-- you did it proud.

  4. This is beautiful, Chrissie. I love that song and your artwork is so fitting Vincent.