Saturday, April 24, 2010

love is art

Outside my window there are irises. Planted with love many years ago by my neighbor, Dr. Mac. Purple and peach and yellow and white. Every April they burst into bloom next door and all across Charlotte. Vincent van Gogh painted these purple irises the year before he died. His life was a great struggle, emotionally, but his legacy is anything but: starry nights, sunflowers, irises, olive trees, wheat fields and armchairs. These live on in beautiful glory. So do his words, which make potential artists of all of us: The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.
Irises by Vincent van Gogh, 1889. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

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