Welcome to another of my art feature Fridays, during which I showcase some art!
This is something I’m doing on the last Friday of every month, so if you’re looking for some artwork to inspire you, then feel free to stick around!
The artist that I have for this month’s art feature Friday is Michelle, who also goes by WolfSkullJack online. She does a lot of beautiful, traditional artwork that is both mystical and detailed, but today I want to focus on her recent digital artwork.
I love digital art in general, but Michelle’s digital work is something that I’ve never seen before. Looking at it, it feels powerful and inspiring, and her color choices are so bold and striking, without being overwhelming.
Something about her digital artwork really resonates with me, and I think it’s because of a small quirk I developed in my early teenage years. I was a very anxious teenager, and one of the things that would calm me down at night was seeing the stars in the sky.
And looking at Michelle’s recent digital pieces, which are aptly titled Star Gods, really captures the serenity that I feel whenever I see stars in the night sky. This feeling is made even stronger by the fact that in her Star God pieces, she has chosen to illustrate the constellations Cassiopeia, Orion, and Ursa Major, which are three of the four things that make me happiest when I see them in the sky.
Whenever I see these pieces it feels like seeing the stars on a cold night. It feels like that sense of calmness after experiencing strong emotions. It feels like coming home after a long and tiring day.
Words could never really capture how these pieces make me feel, but I really suggest you check out Michelle’s Instagram and Twitter to see more of her artwork, and supporting her by buying something from her Etsy shop.
Starry Night Over the Rhone
Keeping with the star theme, this next featured piece is called Starry Night Over the Rhone which was painted by Vincent van Gogh in 1888. This piece also includes the constellation Ursa Major, which may be why this piece resonates with me more than The Starry Night, which was the first Vincent van Gogh piece I ever saw.
While I’m not normally one for impressionism, I do find this piece very pleasing to look at, and I think it’s because of the colors. Vincent seemed to place a lot of importance on the colors of his pieces, and I can see why.
I think this piece really captures the feeling of lights at night, and reminds me of a modern decoration: fairy lights (or string lights). Fairy lights are very comforting to me because they offer a delicate but cozy glow, that makes me feel calm whenever I look at them.
I hope you enjoyed these pieces, and gained some inspiration from them. And next time you’re looking at the night sky, try seeing if you can see any of the constellations I mentioned.
I’ll see you next month with another set of featured art!