The wonders of the night sky - Ryan Novar

This gallery includes artwork that features the beauty and wonder of the night sky. This gallery will be exploring how colors and textures are used in paintings of all ages, in order to bring the night sky to life. I hope you will find enjoyment upon viewing this gallery. 

Starry Night is painting in which Vincent Van Gogh obsessed over until its completion in 1888. It portrays a vast night sky over Rhone, with the lights of the city reflecting off of a body of water. In the foreground you can see a few sailboats and a couple standing on the shore, adding to the tone of the painting. Van Gogh’s use of color and texture in this painting are what makes it miraculous. He painted using the colors that he saw from his view of the city at night. He used different shades of blue to add texture and depth to the night sky, which is being reflected onto the water. He used a light value yellow for the stars in the sky with darker yellow streams of light glowing around the bright center. The lights of the city are portrayed using medium value orange and then reflected off the water with a lighter value orange. The unique texture of this painting is my favorite part. He uses lines of white to create movement in the water and he also has this same pattern of lines in the sky, giving the night sky a unique and wonderful sense of movement and depth.
This version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night was done while he was placed in a mental institution and it is titled The Starry Night. His painting portrays the rolling night sky over the village with a spiraling, flame like, cypress tree in the foreground. He used almost a triadic color scheme of blues, reds, and yellows accompanied by shades of orange and brown. The different values of blue give depth to the sky while the swirling texture of the lighter blue gives the impression of wind and movement to the sky. The stars are done in yellow and orange with small dots in the center bursting out in different shades, giving a burning texture to them. The moon is the darkest shade of orange with yellow light glowing around it.
This painting is a representation of the coastline of Asgardstrand, a small beach resort in Norway that Munch liked to visit. He did not aim to create a true depiction of his view, but instead he intended to capture the emotion of the night. He paints a night sky over the water with the shore in the foreground, which also includes a white fence and an abstract mound of trees. Munch uses different shades of blue to strengthen the melancholy and mysterious mood of the night in the painting. He also uses a tetradic color scheme, smearing shades of blue, green, red and orange/yellow throughout the sky, water and land to give depth and texture to the painting. The texture of the sky is very smooth and calming with some spots left emptier than other, giving life and mystery to the night sky.
In this painting, the Hills of Yanjirlpirri, an important sacred site near Yuendumu, is being depicted. Alma Nungarrayi Granites paints the story of seven Napaljarri sisters, who in order to escape from a Jakamarra man chasing them out of love, turn into fire and ascend into the night sky, where they become a cluster of starts in the constellation Taurus. Granites uses different hues of blue to give depth and mystery to the night sky. The sky is speckled with dots of white, orange and blue, representing the stars and in the upper right corner, a bright red dot represents a planet. The seven sisters are clustered together on the right side of the painting and on the left is the star representing Jampijinpa, who is also in love with the seven sisters and is also Orion’s Belt. The stars are made up of dots ranging in color from violet, orange, white, blue, red, and many other hues and they are each surrounded by a light blue halo of light. The interesting use of a dotted texture is what makes this painting stand out, capturing the viewer’s eye and drawing them into a world of depth, love and mystery.
This painting by Edvard Munch portrays a calm and relaxing starry night sky over the city from the perspective of his own room. In this painting, Munch uses an analogous color scheme of different hues of blue and green blended together to create a soothing and lively night sky. The colors appear smeared together in different directions, creating depth and movement within the sky. The stars appear somewhat circular and in a very light hue of yellow, with circular burst of blue around them. This use of blended colors and shapes provide a deep and moving texture to the painting
In this oil on canvas painting, F. Sødring portrays a beautiful, romantic, nocturnal landscape of the Summer Spire on the Cliffs of Møn. Peaking out from behind clouds is a bright full moon. Sødring uses a very dark grey with spectacular shading to portray the glooming dark clouds of the night. Around where the moon is, the sky is a clear blue with illuminated red and pink clouds. The full moon is illuminated with a pale yellow light. Beyond the clouds, the sky appears smooth and calm and made up of a mixture of blues and greens, which adds to the mysterious nature of the painting. The textures of the clouds in the sky are soft and smooth and they seem to be floating to the right, patiently waiting to devour the moon.
In this engraved scene, two women are seen surrounded by instruments and looking over musical charts while their friend gazes at the night sky. The lady looking at the sky in wonder is gazing upon a vast land of mystery. The use of black and dark blue colors in the sky enforce the very unknown feeling we get while looking into space. The sky is sprinkled with hundreds of white dots of light, some brighter and larger than others, giving an unending depth to the sky. Also, the dark shadow in the sky may be the silhouette of a distant building. The physical texture of this engraving would be rough and have a physical depth to it, but the visual texture of the sky is very dusty and deep.
This painting is Kennett Watkins’s interpretation of an old story, in which a canoe full of people was spotted paddling towards the mountains on Lake Tarawera just days before the eruption of Mount Tarawera. Watkins’s use of color in the sky gives the painting a very ominous feel. The clouds are shaded with grey, blue, green and red, giving life and texture to the sky. In the center of the sky, the glowing yellow moon peaks out from behind the mountains and the sky surrounding it is a clear dark blue with shading to add depth. A bright staccato lighting bolt shoots from the sky, further adding to the sense of danger in the painting. The texture throughout the entire painting is made to look lively and realistic with a heavy sense of movement.
This painting depicts a celebration at the second Naples Summer Festival, in which a group of people can be seen celebrating and looking at the night sky. The complementary colors used in the sky are made up of shades of blue and orange. The colors are blending together, giving depth and light to the sky. The sky is also being illuminated by fireworks, which add wonderful shapes and colors to the warm night sky. The texture of the sky is very soft and yet filled with movement and excitement due to the exploding fireworks. This painting is a magnificent representation of a rich, warm and wondrous night sky.
In this drawing, George Romney depicts a mysterious landscape of a cloudy night sky with the moon partially peaking through the clouds. He used black wash on medium slightly textured white laid paper as his medium. He uses very low saturated colors, giving a black, grey and white color scheme to his artwork and allowing great contrast between each aspect of the drawing. The emptiness of the sky is filled with black, while the clouds are done in shades of grey. They moon is the lightest hue in the drawing, which draws the viewers attention to it. The contrast of the colors and shapes of the clouds add texture to the drawing, giving it a sense of movement and depth and though this piece of artwork appears simple, the complex saturation of colors makes this piece very mysterious and captivating.
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