A View From Insanity

   by Justin Coleman and Callie Woodard for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)

Inspiration Piece: The Starry Night

Inspiration Artist: Vincent Van Gogh

We started by taking the artist canvas panel and painting the sky with acrylic paint. We then took the plastic pellets and painted them red for the center of the stars. The moon was shaped out of clay, painted, and then was glued to the sky along with the plastic pellets. We then used cardboard from the Mystery Build box to create the background trees and foreground bushes. The largest board provided was used as the ground plane. The church and the houses were made from clay and then frozen so that the paint would set better on the pieces. The town was set into place and the trees and shrubs were glued down with the Elmer's glue provided. To create the dead tree stump, we used clay along with one of the smaller blocks to place the tree higher than the rest of the scene. The foam blocks were cut in half and used to hold the sky in place, with a piece of the wood that was provided used as a back support. It took awhile to find the right camera angle for the piece, but I am happy with the end results.

I learned a lot from creating this piece. I learned to be more loose with my brush strokes and to let things flow more. I experimented with painting on wet paint as opposed to letting other colors dry first as I had always done before. This piece was really organized chaos. While I was trying to mimic the original painting as close as I could, I was using an entirely different medium which allowed me to take liberties on a lot of aspects. The colors and placement of colors, buildings, background elements, ect. don't match the original exactly, but I think that is what really makes the piece my own. Already looking forward to Mysterybuild 2014!