I started life as an artist. As far back as memory serves me, the need to fill empty white space with color drove me. But I wanted to fill that white space like Lautrec, not Van Gogh. Although, I like Van Gogh (so did Lautrec. They were friends), I much prefer Lautrec. When I think of his renderings, strong characters come to mind. Van Gogh brings to mind images of landscapes.
Eventually, after a creative writing class, filling white space with words satisfied me more painting. I prefer creating character driven novels so Lautrec and I are still kindred spirits.
Lautrec and Van Gogh both lived rather tortured lives. The fact the quote is attributed to Van Gogh is touching. I'm guessing he loved and gave love far more than he received. But if you are familiar with his work, you can see he had to have loved many things to create such beauty.
Here are ten of my loves - and I'm concentrating on "things" rather than people.
1. the sound of rain on the roof
2. the taste of a full flavored cabernet
4. a baby's laugh
6. 60's rock and roll
7. an Arizona sunset
8. the smell of coffee and bacon
9. a road trip
10. flowers blooming in the garden
What do you love that will lead you to know life?
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