“When Van Gogh was a young man in his early twenties, he was in London studying to be a clergyman. He had no thought of being an artist at all. he sat in his cheap little room writing a letter to his younger brother in Holland, whom he loved very much. He looked out his window at a watery twilight, a thin lampost, a star, and he said in his letter something like this: “it is so beautiful I must show you how it looks.” And then on his cheap ruled note paper, he made the most beautiful, tender, little drawing of it.

When I read this letter of Van Gogh’s it comforted me very much and seemed to throw a clear light on the whole road of Art. Before, I thought that to produce a work of painting or literature, you scowled and thought long and ponderously and weighed everything solemnly and learned everything that all artists had ever done aforetime, and what their influences and schools were, and you were extremely careful about *design* and *balance* and getting *interesting planes* into your painting, and avoided, with the most astringent severity, showing the faintest *acedemical* tendency, and were strictly modern. And so on and so on.

But the moment I read Van Gogh’s letter I knew what art was, and the creative impulse. It is a feeling of love and enthusiasm for something, and in a direct, simple, passionate and true way, you try to show this beauty in things to others, by drawing it.

And Van Gogh’s little drawing on the cheap note paper was a work of art because he loved the sky and the frail lamppost against it so seriously that he made the drawing with the most exquisite conscientiousness and care. ”
― Brenda Ueland, (If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit)


Becca’s Sunday Trees


Everything in excess Is opposed by nature ~ Hippocrates


Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. ~ Confucius


Friday Fun – clarity


These are photos taken during my walk yesterday morning. Temperature was 0C but it very pleasant. I decided to go early when people were either in bed or having their first coffee in that way I didn’t met many.

Jo’s Monday walk

29 thoughts on “Simplicity

  1. Goodness, you still have so much snow! 🙂 🙂 But it all looks very beautiful, especially those half-covered flowers. I love that passage about Van Gogh. I suspect many of us have no idea what it takes to become an artist, but a passion for the world is most certainly a part of it. Many thanks for sharing this, Rupali!

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  2. I particularly like the reflected house. Van Gogh is close to my heart, his work – especially starry night is so powerful with layered meaning. But also my middle name is after him. Enjoyed all of this.

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  4. Your photos are gorgeous and bring hope. Thank you, Rupali!
    You are a true artist who captures the world so beautifully AND invokes emotions, and ignites the senses, in those people who are fortunate enough to see your photos!
    From the first time I studied Vincent van Gogh as a child I felt akin to him and he, and his art, became an important part of my life. As I type this comment to you, above my computer I am looking at a huge poster of three of his paintings. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) and ❤

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