"Sometimes I long so much to do landscape, just as one would go for a long walk to refresh oneself, and in all of nature, in trees for instance, I see expression and a soul.” - Vincent Van Gogh
Usually #OnWednesdayWeWearArt, but this Wednesday the back end of my site crashed!! UUURRRRGGGGG! I was finally able to get it back up today and able to post this! So let's get to it!
This week's #OnWednesdayWeWearArt was a tough one for me. Vincent Van Gogh! As a person Vincent was very troubled(cutting off his own ear) and seemed plagued by sadness.
“The sadness will last forever.” ― Vincent Van Gogh
He died at the age of 37, by what is speculated to be suicide; however until his death, he was "resilient".
“In spite of everything, I shall rise again; I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing.” ― Vincent Van Gogh
It got me to thinking about true resilience and what it takes to be resilient. Is it simply coming back from something in spite of all the things that should have detered you or does it require more.
Resilience simplified is the ability to cope with change. But I believe that resilience requires more. To really cope with change or the things that are thrown your way, you have to spend some time with the pain. with the sadness, with the thing that torments you. Just PUSHING ahead with no real processing, is like running with hairline fractures. Eventually it becomes more than a hairline fracture.
“If you hear a voice within you saying, "You are not a painter," then by all means paint - and that voice will be silenced.” ― Vincent van Gogh
True resilience comes from the ability to make peace with the things that hurt us. Have hurt us. Still hurt us. Some people suggest "Just letting it go" ...if it could be that simple. It's not.
It takes honesty, honesty that honestly takes courage. Courage to sit with ourselves and ask what torments me. For Van Gogh it was his desire to be loved to love, and to be accepted and celebrated.
Here is an entry from Van Gogh's journal: “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.”
While he was living he didn't have the success in the things he hoped he would, even with his art, it wouldn't be until his death that it would be accepted and celebrated.
“As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed.” ― Vincent van Gogh
I think that Van Gogh saw himself in what he described as the "Poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners." Van Gogh tried being resilient in the simplest sense of the word but I think that ultimately this ways you down. At some point the voices got to loud. Often times we know what to do but we don't have the courage to face it.
Van Gogh was hard for me because, he tried and tried hard, to be resilient but seemed to constantly hit the same barriers to entry. It made me think what barriers do I constantly hit? What are the things that I need to make peace with? What will make me weightless and give me the vigor to go forward! How about you? Are you still pushing ahead? and are you weightless or are you do you feel weighty? Be Courageous!
Van Gogh generally considered the greatest after Rembrandt, and one of the greatest of the Post-Impressionists. The striking colour, emphatic brushwork, and contoured forms of his work powerfully influenced the current of Expressionism in modern art. Van Gogh’s art became astoundingly popular after his death, especially in the late 20th century, when his work sold for record-breaking sums at auctions around the world and was featured in blockbuster touring exhibitions. Ref and read more here
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