When we last presented you the artist Aja Trier, she was cleverly painting using van Gogh's swirling Starry Night style. While Trier continues to analyze this world-famous painting for art inspiration, she's been using her insights to recreate more and more adorable dogs.

Her Starry Night Dogs series imagines a world in which our beloved four-legged friends sat for van Gogh. Much like her previous painting ideas, each portrait features the familiar Starry Night sky rendered in the thick brushstrokes characteristic of Post-Impressionism. And while spiraling clouds and sparkling stars are still there, Trier often adds a little bit of her own to these colorful paintings.

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wusah 4 months ago

Looooooooove all of them!!!!!

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Aja has been a professional, full-time artist since 2003 and started her business, Sagittarius Art Gallery, the same year. She went to art college at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA with a concentration in painting. Her fascination with Vincent van Gogh, however, started even earlier. "We had a lot of art books in the house when I was young, so I am sure the first time I saw a van Gogh was through them," the artist told Bored Panda. "The first time I saw one in person was on a college trip to NYC in 2001."

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Natters 4 months ago

Corgi butts.

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"The energy and flow of his unique art is what resonates with me," she said. "The thick strokes - I love being able to see the artist's fingerprint in the art through their mark making. You can almost follow with your eyes the movements their hand made."

When Aja is doing a van Gogh of her own, one of the biggest challenges that she faces is drying time. "[These paintings] take forever to dry. The only other challenge is people taking the work so seriously and legit freaking out on me for 'ripping off van Gogh.' It's hilarious to me, especially considering how this all came about. I think decades down the road, this will be a really funny social experiment from start to finish to recount. Maybe by then it will have come full circle and I can be an old woman who's self proclaimed moniker is '(not) Mama van Gogh' or something. I'd be alright with that."

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Natters 4 months ago

*smirk

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"I have always painted in an impressionist manner, but did not think my work looked particularly like van Gogh's. Selling your work online, people tend to share and abbreviate what they are sharing for their audience. I had painted an Eiffel Tower piece I called "Seine" in 2011 that people started sharing on Pinterest with the caption "Eiffel Tower by van Gogh" and it spread like wild fire."

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Shelley StockVerkerk 4 months ago

Where can you buy these? Are they from owners dogs?

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Aja tried correcting people, but when things are disseminated to such an extent, it's impossible to catch them all. "One day I came across an French educational blog that had an article on Vincent van Gogh that was advertising a trip around Paris to see some van Gogh works and locations - and there was my painting," she continued. "It was mind boggling. Especially since it's damn near impossible for van Gogh to have painted a finished Eiffel tower. He had moved to the south of France on February 20, 1888, well before the tower was completed. He never returned to Paris. The Tower wasn't completed until March 1, 1889. I'd told people this previously when they would insist van Gogh painted my beautiful painting - but when I saw this French educational site touting my painting as a van Gogh, it prompted me to start my van Gogh Never series of pieces, showcasing things van Gogh never saw."

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Giannina Blicha 4 months ago

Papillon!!!

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It was a game, Aja said, a dare. "I wanted to see what people would actually believe van Gogh painted and reshare it as such. I never pretended to be van Gogh. I still don't think my work looks like van Gogh, although it is my painting inspiration. The whole thing exploded out of what really was a joke. I even had a paint party studio not two miles away from me schedule a paint night with that painting and get into an email argument with me when I contacted them to let them know it wasn't a van Gogh, it was mine. 'Oh, so I guess you're van Gogh, huh?' was literally their retort. I've had people scoff and state "someone mistook it for van Gogh? I'll take things that never happened for 500, Alex." And that's fair - I don't think my almost neon hued, larger stroke, palette knife paintings look like van Gogh's, either. But it's what happened."

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The Pants with Nobody Inside 4 months ago

She's got Van Gogh's sense of movement mastered, as well as how he would outline subjects in his works. See the remnants of a sunset in the atmosphere over the mountains?

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Alan Wilkening 4 months ago

I like how the collie was roughed-in on this one.

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Tara Trainor 4 months ago

Takes my breath away

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Restless 4 months ago

Stunning! I wish I could paint like this

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danielw 4 months ago

Alright, this one is currently my favorite. the blues in the dog's is really working for the painting.

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Linda Landes 4 months ago

Hot Diggity Dog, a Dachshund!

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Pam Mikalson 4 months ago

My little Ginger

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Four 4 months ago

Ready for the attack... OF CUTENESS

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The Pants with Nobody Inside 4 months ago

Oh, wow, this is beautiful! You can practically feel the aurora moving across the sky and the wind in the dog's thick fur.

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Ice cube 4 months ago

LOVE it!

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Liana Seath 4 months ago

Beeeeeeagle <3

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The Pants with Nobody Inside 4 months ago

The horizon line of mountains cuts this composition in half, flattening everything, which bothers my eye. It's still sweet and fun.

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Lynzi Oliver-Musto 4 months ago

This one should be called "The Starlight Barking"! (It's the sequel to the book "101 Dalmatians".)

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Pretty Pangolin 4 months ago

I like how the cattails tie the near and far elements together.

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Creative Username 4 months ago

I like the addition of flowers on this one.

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Nancy Bernard 4 months ago

You "Ain't nothin' but a HOUNDDOG!" And a magnificent representation of your species. This is just beautiful!

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Andrea Delden 4 months ago

This one really shows the strength and power of the dog.

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Nancy Bernard 4 months ago

Sweet little Bichon! Love the pink tongue, gives this little guy character!

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Pam Mikalson 4 months ago

This is close to how my Buffalo looked

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Paul Kilmer 4 months ago

The Doctor!!!

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The Pants with Nobody Inside 4 months ago

This one is just loads of fun!

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The Pants with Nobody Inside 4 months ago

I don't even know why I love this, but I can't seem to take my eyes off it.

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Annee Milewski 4 months ago

Little black devil!!!

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Rowlie 4 months ago

Doxies!!

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Nancy Bernard 4 months ago

Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL, Great Pyreenes, so majestic and protective of his home and family.

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