“What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.”
― Vincent Van Gogh
I'd heard about Van Gogh of course, I'd seen The Starry Night, looked up the absurd amount of money that one of his pieces was worth. My teenage brain had formed a bias against him and painters in general, it was fun to bash modern art for it's apparent simplicity as teenagers. Only later in my 20s when I learnt about his life did I gain an appreciation and love for the arts that I haven't lost and try to emulate myself. Exemplifying the beauty of the world around us is as noble and virtuous a purpose in life as can be.
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