Below is a video of many of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces, accompanied by Don Mclean’s epic song, Starry, Starry Night. This was a favorite of my students who enjoyed pointing out pieces they recognized by this genius painter. May you find joy in the wonder of this remarkably prolific artist.
The arts can be particularly healing, not only by sensing the creations of others, but also by finding yourself within arts of your own.
Here is the site: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dipFMJckZOM
I close with one of my sonnets.
Vincent Van Gogh
Wide skies of lemon yellow, brilliant blues
with twirling, swirling, textured, twinkling spheres;
Small, sleepy steeple nightly nestled woos
a world indeed in need to calm its fears.
The fringed and frenzied, flowers kissed with sun
Imbued in butter, gold and apricot –
Do soothe our savage hearts when day is done
through amber painted petals, peace is wrought.
His knotted, gnarled, twisted trunks of trees
Seem mimicry of cruelty to him –
as storm of mental illness did not please
but made him feel he was out on a limb.
Impassioned painter, prisoned in his mind,
Set free God’s beauty for all human kind!
Copyright 2011 Linda M. Wolfe