Starry Night uses many different forms of formal elements such as: line, form, shape, color, and tone/texture. The way that Van Gogh uses loose and organic shapes to make the swirls of the wind with the rolling hills is a wonder to look at. He uses lines to help create the textures in the painting. For this painting, he used oil paints, and I think that if Van Gogh had used a different media or material, it wouldn't have looked this good. Some may call his depiction of a night sky unusual, but I call it brilliant.