art study / family life

van Gogh’s encouragement

Vincent van Gogh: What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.
The way to know life is to love many things.
I wish they would only take me as I am.
There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.
If you hear a voice within you saying, ‘You are not a painter,’ then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.

“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.

Just as Adam and Eve were invited to participate in the creation of the world, we were placed here to create. We come alive with different things. You might not think tapping on a keyboard your inner thoughts, proclaiming to the world, is your type of energizing creativity. You might like to organize your closet. Administrate the books for the local soup kitchen. Unravel medical mysteries in the hospital emerg. Turn a pedestrian pastry recipe into a delectable treat. Invest your energies into expanding the minds of your children.

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