Today is Vincent van Gogh’s Birthday. He was born on March 30, 1853. I thought I would celebrate the occasion by reposting Vincent’s Room which I originally posted on The Changing Palette in June 2014. During these difficult days taking a moment to look back on the life of someone who had to “suffer for his sanity” but was still able to show us the beauty that surrounded him in his own wonderfully iconic way should inspire us all.
Who can look at a sunflower and at the same time not think of Vincent? Let us celebrate his memory together, and please listen to Don Maclean’s “Vincent” imbedded in the post. I promise you will it will be the highlight of your day.
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything.” Vincent van Gogh
Can there be a more iconic room than Vincent Van Gogh’s bedroom at the Saint-Paul Asylum, Saint-Remy, France where Van Gogh entered voluntarily as a patient on May 8, 1889 and remained until May the following year. During this time he painted the gardens, with their wheat fields, olives groves, irises and sunflowers, all of which he could see from his bedroom window.
Wishing family and friends below the 49th a very Happy Thanksgiving.
You can see us in the reflection after enjoying a bowl of gazpacho from Little Spain below the High Line trail in New York last month after our short but memorable three day visit.
The Big Apple never disappoints.
“A good book is the life blood of a master spirit,
imbalm’d and treasur’d up on purpose
to a life beyond life”
The Rose Main Reading Room of the New York Public Library
Our visit to the New York Public Library, one of the highlights of our recent trip to New York.
The DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room
Above the entrance to the Edna Barnes Salomon Room
A lucky capture on the cliff side path between Caswell Bay and Langland Bay yesterday visiting South Wales again for the first time in over 65 years. The little dog kindly posed for us when we caught them up.
Celebrating Victoria Day here in Canada with this photo of the Queen Victoria hoodoo in Bryce Canyon from our memorable visit hiking the hoodoos in 2015.
Antigua study I – 29.11.18 – water-colour/pen and ink
Four years ago I posted about the charitable organization Heath for Humanity and the great work of their surgical missions over many years to Antigua, Guatemala. The post included a video presentation of theirs for those of you who would like to learn more about them, and you can visit their website here: h4h. Earlier this month I had the privilege of joining them for a week, working with wonderful dedicated colleagues who were making a real difference to the lives of so many; heroes all.
Here are a few of my memorable images from Antigua which include the dazzling yellows of the iconic Arco de Santa Catalina, the colourful pastels of the buildings and the Fuego volcano in the distance, which erupted once again just over a week ago.
Toledo 7.11.18 water-colour/pen and ink 4″x6″
Above the Colorado city of Grand Junction is the magnificent Colorado National Monument one of the jewels of the US National Parks with which we were unfamiliar. The Rim Rock Drive that winds along the edge of the canyons must be one of the great drives of the world, so put it on your bucket list and prepare to be in awe.
The red rock wonderland of Arches National Park, Utah was breathtaking at every turn.
I think the photos speak for themselves. This was our first day visiting Colorado and Utah last week where the grandeur of Palisade Mountain dominates the landscape above the small town of Gateway, Colorado.