During the holidays I wanted to explore different art styles.  I was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh and his impressionist style.  Especially his piece “ The Starry Night” and his use of bright colours.

Research and Inspiration

I wanted to put a Singapore flavour to the painting, as I am proud to be a Singaporean, I naturally turned to Singapore’s iconic image of the Merlion.  I used the photo of the Merlion that I used in my previous digital school art project, where I had coloured the Merlion in different colours.

After studying Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings I used both “The Starry Night” and the “Starry Night over the Rhone” and adapted this to the Singapore scene.  

Method and Reflection

I painted the background of the sky, the buildings, sea and Merlion. Then I painted many layers, making the texture bumpy, similar to what Van Gogh did. At first, the swirls were too blue that they blended into the background. So, learning for my mistakes, I decided to add more white to the swirls. I also made a mistake, where I put too much black at a corner that it did not go with the painting. So, I had to paint the different shades of blue on top so it was not too obvious. For the sea, I added the reflection from the buildings, similar to the “Starry Night over the Rhone” painting. I also did not add the Marina Bay Sands hotel, because I felt it blocked the starry night sky.

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Below are some of my practice and sketches:

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