Thursday, March 26, 2009


"Well, even in these depths of misery I felt my energy revive & said to myself, I shall get over it somehow, I shall set to work again with my pencil, which I had cast aside in my deep dejection, & I shall draw again, & ever since I have had the feeling that everything has changed for me, & now I am in my stride & my pencil has become slightly more willing & seems to be getting more so by the day. My over-long & over-intense misery had discouraged me so much that I was unable to do anything."

(Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh in a letter, p. 79 from THE LETTERS OF VINCENT VAN GOGH)

I'm re-reading the letters of Vincent van Gogh to his brother.


robin andrea said...

It will be good to see what you create from this revival.

The Solitary Walker said...

Those Van Gogh letters are wonderful, aren't they?

Clearly you are identifying strongly with this quotation at the moment.

R.L. Bourges said...

what robin andrea and the solitary walker said. (Wonder what you'd come up with if you scribbled aimlessly while listening to the Bob Dylan song on your previous post?


Loren said...

Strange how it seems to take energy to practice your art, but practicing your art seems to bring new energy with it.

The more you put into your work, the more energy you get back.