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When Van Gogh was a young man in his early twenties, he was in London studying to be a clergyman. He had no thought of being an artist at all. he sat in his cheap little room writing a letter to his younger brother in Holland, whom he loved very much. He looked out his window at a watery twilight, a thin lamppost, a star, and he said in his letter something like this: “it is so beautiful I must show you how it looks.” And then on his cheap ruled note paper, he made the most beautiful, tender, little drawing of it.

When I read this letter of Van Gogh’s it comforted me very much and seemed to throw a clear light on the whole road of Art. Before, I thought that to produce a work of painting or literature, you scowled and thought long and ponderously and weighed everything solemnly and learned everything that all artists had ever done aforetime, and what their influences and schools were, and you were extremely careful about *design* and *balance* and getting *interesting planes* into your painting, and avoided, with the most astringent severity, showing the faintest *academical* tendency, and were strictly modern. And so on and so on.

But the moment I read Van Gogh’s letter I knew what art was, and the creative impulse. It is a feeling of love and enthusiasm for something, and in a direct, simple, passionate and true way, you try to show this beauty in things to others, by drawing it.

And Van Gogh’s little drawing on the cheap note paper was a work of art because he loved the sky and the frail lamppost against it so seriously that he made the drawing with the most exquisite conscientiousness and care.

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— Brenda UelandIf You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit
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liamdryden:

This is… oddly uplifting?

liamdryden:

This is… oddly uplifting?

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vvhitehouse:

attracted to men sexually, repelled by men emotionally

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someonemayhavejust:

jaclcfrost:

sugar, we’re goin down [presses elevator button for a lower floor]

SWINGIN [ELEVATOR CABLE SNAPS]

this is

more than i bargained for

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I think there are real tears in my eyes

ja-ll:

I think there are real tears in my eyes

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oswhin:

it is my greatest wish to time travel to the future and watch historically inaccurate period dramas about the early 2000s

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scribbledwriting:

Lifehack: if you go into the theaters with the mindset that books and movies are different forms of entertainment you’ll be a lot happier in life

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tastefullyoffensive:

[paintraincomic]

tastefullyoffensive:

[paintraincomic]

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tarntino:

me: *sees a white boy* *locks my car doors*

white boy: *knocks on window* what would you be doing if I was in there with you ;)

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underthescopemin:

Lazulite
 crystal of lazulite, blue in color, with the inside part empty, as if the crystal was grown only on the outside. Collection and photo of Gianfranco Ciccolini.

underthescopemin:

Lazulite

 crystal of lazulite, blue in color, with the inside part empty, as if the crystal was grown only on the outside. Collection and photo of Gianfranco Ciccolini.

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