Van Gogh’s Starry Night oil painting is famous throughout the world. Painted in in June 1889, the painting depicts the view from the east-facing window of the painter’s asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The image captures the view just before sunrise, with the addition of an idealized village.
This is one of Van Gogh’s most recognized paintings, so it’s no surprise that there have been numerous artists who have created their own versions or interpretations of the piece. But none compares to what you are just about to see.
The incredible artist in the video below painted “Starry Night” on water, and it’s something you need to see to believe. Using a special Turkish technique in which colors are sprinkled onto a pan of oily water, the artist managed to recreate the famous Van Gogh painting in detail.
The artist’s name is Garip Ay. The way he started creating this work of art is by filling a basin with water and carrageenan, a substance mainly used in the food industry, for it gelling, thickening, and stabilizing properties.
Then, the artist sprinkled paint on the liquid canvas and used a metal rod to play with the colors and manipulate them to achieve the desired design. The result is simply stunning.
With this technique, after the colors are sprinkled on oily water, the resulting design can be then transferred to paper. The process, however, requires extreme focus and attention to details. And a really steady hand.
This is not something you get to see every day, so make sure to take a good look.