Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 23

“One thing undoubtedly true

in this reasoning is this:

that while we are alive

we cannot get to a star,

any more than when we

are dead we can take the train.”

Vincent van Gogh 1853 – 1890

Control + affection + belonging = happiness.  Is that why I paint?

The complete van Gogh quote: “For my own part, I declare I know nothing whatever about it. But to look at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the black dots of a map representing towns and villages.”

“Why, I ask myself, should the shining dots of the sky not be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France?  If we take the train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to reach a star.”

“One thing undoubtedly true in this reasoning is this: that while we are alive we cannot get to a star, any more than when we are dead we can take the train.”

Futility weighs on my soul tonight.

Posted on: 09/12/2012, by :
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