The Artistic Spirit
“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.”
Vincent van Gogh
A few days ago, I attended the birthday party of a dear friend celebrating a pivotal milestone in her life. It was an evening of fine food, laughter and shared experiences. I came knowing no-one, and ended with new friends who will continue to add depth to my life. There was one person who I was particularly interested in meeting. To me, she was simply known as “the artist.”
There is something captivating about creative energy. We seek it diligently in the external world, yet are reluctant to look inward to our own feelings and ideas. My question to “the artist” was – how do we recognize the artistic spirit within, if we do not consider ourselves artists? Her reply was simply to surround ourselves with art, music, dance, poetry, literature, colour, architecture. We are all artists simply by recognizing beauty!
I have the Metropolitan Museum of Art Calendar 2014, ready to go January 1st! It seems that we were born to enjoy and love beauty in whatever form it comes to us. Without art, our lives would be greatly diminished. As Vincent van Gogh once wrote to his brother, Theo, “How rich art is, if one can only remember what one has seen, one is never empty of thoughts or truly lonely, never alone.”