Go Van Gogh

Starry Night Sunflower

This image is from a demonstration in Photographing Flowers about how to recreate Vincent van Gogh sunflowers. In Photoshop, starting with a pretty normal photo of a sunflower on a black background, I worked on the flower with the Topaz Simplify set of filters and (most importantly) the Pixel Bender OilPainting filter.

You may be interested to know that Pixel Bender is a free download from Adobe Labs. You get a whole bunch of filters and effects including OilPainting when you download Pixel Bender.

Having gone this far, I decided that my Go van Gogh Sunflower needed a starry sky. So I did the Pixel Bender thing on a stacked star circle image—with a little Photoshop Liquify filter magic thrown in as well.

The great painter Vincent van Gogh often signed his works “Vincent,” so I felt that the least I could do in this homage was to add a digital “Harold” signature.

This entry was posted in Bemusements, Flowers, Photoshop Techniques.


  1. JTasoff June 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Reaching the van Gogh perfection of the sunflower (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vincent_Willem_van_Gogh_128.jpg) and interpretation of Starry Night (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vincent_van_Gogh_Starry_Night.jpg) Is this a challange?

  2. Chuck September 10, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    Nice one, Harold !

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