Paint Like Van Gogh – with Paul Oakley

Vincent Van Gogh created some of his most well known works at the Yellow House in 1888, including his sunflower series which he painted to decorate Gauguin’s bedroom.  

 Van Gogh’s Chair shows a simple straw chair on a tiled floor and has a pipe and a pouch of tobacco on the seat. In the background you can see a box of onions.  

The painting has a simple palette of blue and yellow, which are complementary colours (meaning they work well together).


Paint a chair or another small piece of furniture and include two or three items which say something about you. This could be something from a hobby or a family treasure. A vegetable or two in the background would be true to the original.  

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