Archive for Van Gogh

The Natural Van Gogh

Posted in odds and ends, Photography, quote(s) with tags , , on January 27, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

“If one really loves nature, one can find beauty everywhere.”

–Vincent Van Gogh

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Life Still Has Meaning

Posted in Christian, God, poem with tags , , , , on October 6, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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Life Still Has A Meaning

If there is a future there is time for mending-
Time to see your troubles coming to an ending.
Life is never hopeless however great your sorrow-
If you’re looking forward to a new tomorrow.
If there is time for wishing then there is time for hoping-
When through doubt and darkness you are blindly groping.
Though the heart be heavy and hurt you may be feeling-
If there is time for praying there is time for healing.

So if through your window there is a new day breaking-
Thank God for the promise, though mind and soul be aching,
If with harvest over there is grain enough for gleaning-
There is a new tomorrow and life still has meaning.

 ~ Author unknown~

“The sadness will never go away”

Posted in Christianity with tags , , , , , , , on August 13, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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Kind of a downer subject…”The sadness will never go away.”-Van Gogh suicide note

I would think that life without God would be kinda lonely, incomplete… Yet Van Gogh did know God… I have to wonder why some push the self destruct button, while others carry on? God made everyone in His image, but do some have more God than others? Is suicide EVER an option?

Depression on this level is something I really don’t understand. Rather its only actually feeling it that I don’t understand. I know enough to know that it isn’t just having a “blue” day or something a person can just get over. God may just chose to heal someone of it, but to just dismiss it, as some do, as something that can just be cured or lost if someone seeks God enough doesn’t seem realistic. Nor does it show compassion, which is something we, as a Christian, should have…

The reason I bring this up as I’ve been thinking of a friend at work who committed suicide a couple of years ago. I wonder…where is he now? I am comforted by Romans 9:39. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”

I think that as a Christian, we may step out of Gods will, but not out of His care. You know, I praise God I have not suffered serious depression, or feelings of suicide, but if I ever should, I know these will not separate me from the love of God. The victory and the glory of Christ cannot be snatched from Him because I go off the rails, in a matter of speaking.

Just some thoughts … have a blessed day everyone!

Theory of Art?

Posted in Christianity, Philosophy, thoughts with tags , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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Have you ever studied the lives of any of the great artists in history? I don’t mean just the artist that painted or did art, I mean artist in the terms of creative people…writers, singers, and so forth…
I majored in art in college, (not that I ever finished and got a degree or anything but I did take every art class they offered…lol) and in studying the ones admired the most, they all seem to have suffered either from deep depression or went through some terrible times in their lives.
Beethoven wrote the Moonlight Sonata but its one of the most beautiful but also mournful pieces of music ever written. The story behind it was that he was in love with this young lady but her family rejected him and he could not marry her. He was utterly heart broken and it came out in this music. Later on some of his most wonderful music came after he had gone deaf!!! Could you image writing music and not being able to hear it?
I image somewhere he told someone he could hear the music in his head, he didn’t need to hear it with his ears.
Wolfgang Mozart was considered insane I think…or seemed to be, but actually it was due to the terrible treatment he got by others in most of his life. There is a movie that was done on him a number of years ago…you ought to check it out and watch it.
Edgar Allan Poe, was an extremely depressed person, in fact I heard he had bipolar, but not real sure on that. Just reading his stuff, while so well written and required reading in many schools (or used to be), you can image how the depression affected his writings.
Van Gogh…he cut his ear off….I think it was over a woman too….grief and despair can do funny things to ones mind.
Michelangelo was also a nut case…lol….He had a learning disability, depression and a recent news article said he may have had Aspergers … what that is….well we call it being a geek….awkard, no social skills and gets super focused on ONE thing. His one thing was art…
I think all these people obsessed to some degree or another with their work to the point they neglect family, friends and other normal day activities. Which caused people to think they were nutty…I don’t think they were really nutty, they were gifted…
But also in all their lives some kind of grief and heartache and depression affected them and because of it, it actually enriched their art, be it painting or writing or acting…whatever and it made them outstanding in what they did.
They have all left us with their ‘gifts’ and something to learn by and appreciate and make kids have to learn in school….
When I was younger and wanted to ‘create’ something, whatever…I wrote and did “art” well kinda ….I was told SO many times that to be a good artist I had to SUFFER! Had to go through hardships and all kinds of bad stuff in order to add that richest to my art….sounded real appealing … Right!
I find it amazing that our most talented people throughout history really had such rough lives! And there seems to be a correlation to great Christians …I also think it helps the rest of us too …
Tim

Some Susanna For Sunday

Posted in Christianity, God, quote(s), religion with tags , , , , on January 11, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

John Wesley asked his mother, Susanna Wesley, “How do you define sin?” Her reply was perhaps more penetrating that many formal theologians could develop: “If anything weakens your reasoning, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God or takes away your relish for spiritual things; in short if anything increases the power or authority of the flesh over the Spirit that for you becomes sin however good it is in itself.”

Great quote! And a good excuse to put some Van Gogh on this blog ….vgcornfield_with_cypresses

Artsy Ramble

Posted in thoughts with tags , , , on December 11, 2008 by Tim R Wilson

vincent_van_gogh_by_manoheadHave you ever studied the lives of any of the great artists in history? I don’t mean just the artist that painted or did art, I mean artist in the terms of creative people…writers, singers, and so forth…

I majored in art in college, (not that I ever finished and got a degree or anything but I did take every art class they offered…lol) and in studying the ones admired the most, they all seem to have suffered either from deep depression or went through some terrible times in their lives.

Beethoven wrote the Moonlight Sonata (spelling?) but its one of the most beautiful but also mournful pieces of music ever written. The story behind it was that he was in love with this young lady but her family rejected him and he could not marry her. He was utterly heart broken and it came out in this music. Later on some of his most wonderful music came after he had gone deaf!!!  Could you image writing music and not being able to hear it?

I image somewhere he told someone he could hear the music in his head, he didn’t need to hear it with his ears.

Wolfgang Mozart was considered insane I think…or seemed to be, but actually it was due to the terrible treatment he got by others in most of his life. There is a movie that was done on him a number of years ago…you ought to check it out and watch it.

Edgar Allan Poe, was an extremely depressed person, in fact I heard he had bipolar, but not real sure on that. Just reading his stuff, while so well written and required reading in many schools (or used to be), you can image how the depression affected his writings.

Van Gogh…he cut his ear off….I think it was over a woman too….grief and despair can do funny things to ones mind.

Michelangelo was also a nut case…lol….He had a learning disability, depression and a recent news article said he may have had Aspergers … what that is….well we call it being a geek….awkward, no social skills and gets super focused on ONE thing. His one thing was art…

I think all these people obsessed to some degree or another with their work to the point they neglect family, friends and other normal day activities. Which caused people to think they were nutty…I don’t think they were really nutty, they were gifted…

But also in all their lives some kind of grief and heartache and depression affected them and because of it, it actually enriched their art, be it painting or writing or acting…whatever and it made them outstanding in what they did.

They have all left us with their ‘gifts’ and something to learn by and appreciate and make kids have to learn in school…. 

When I was younger and wanted to ‘create’ something, whatever…I wrote and did “art” well kinda ….I was told SO many times that to be a good artist I had to SUFFER! Had to go through hardships and all kinds of bad stuff in order to add that richest to my art….sounded real appealing … Right!

I find it amazing that our most talented people throughout history really had such rough lives! And there seems to be a correlation to great Christians …

I also think it helps the rest of us too …