A Starry Starry Night For Vincent

Starry Night

“If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is a grass in the beginning.”

 

Are you a person who loves literature and somehow falls in love with poetry, music, and paintings? One may not have it all but somehow be inspired and interested to develop one of these arts as the language of their deepest emotions.

Or perhaps you love to sing and happen to admire classic songs, Haiku, or paintings full of feelings. And then, perhaps, you might be asking what is my point in this long introduction?

Well, whether you’re a singer, a poet, or a painter, you might be quiet familiar with the song Vincent by Don Mclean under the album American Pie. Have you ever wondered who Vincent is and what the song all about?

A misunderstood art genius

Vincent van Gogh was not a famous artist during his time but was later considered an artistic genius. His works are now worth billions and close to word “priceless” — a total opposite of its worth when he was still alive.

More than his love for painting, he was said to be afflicted by Hypergraphia or an extreme desire to write which made his artworks more than just a painting but the description itself contains overwhelming text from his innermost self.

Being misunderstood, Vincent suffered poverty just to support his passion and was even rumored to go crazy,  purportedly slicing off one of his earlobes. They believe that he made it a part of his portrait and wrapped it in cloth.  A genius being caught in his manic frenzy moment of desperation and the struggle to save a bit of something for himself to live by — these were the huge struggles that weighed down on him.

Left by his wife and a downward spiral of his career, he was considered a lunatic and said to be bullied by the townspeople to death. Others say he took own life in the middle of the town at the age of 37.

Vincent Van Gogh in Visual Possibilities

His mind and his works

Written on one of Vincent’s letters “I put my heart and my soul into my work and have lost my mind in the process,” explains how literature and art consumed this artistic genius to his core. Let us not be too quick to judge Vincent for what was known to be who he was, was usually based on hearsay.

A new movie this year that promises to throw back the life of Vincent van Gogh featuring a film using full hand painting that conveys the truth behind his famous paintings. Cast includes Armand Roulin, Dr. Gachet, and Postman Roulin, to name a few. More than anything, watch out for 120 chosen masterpieces said to be shown there.

 Red Vineyard

His insatiable passion for the arts

Vincent created over 2,000 artworks since he started painting at the age of 27, apart from this massive pieces, he only sold a single painting he titled “The Red Vineyard at Arles”. But this did not stop Vincent believing who he is and what his worth is, when he said “If I am worth anything later, I am worth something now. For wheat is wheat, even if people think it is a grass in the beginning.”  True enough, over a hundred years from his tragic end, he is now recognized as one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, if not of all time. His artworks are now featured on different art sessions as inspiration and even on movies such cartoon animation Home featuring “Starry, Starry Night”.

As the song, Vincent goes “but they could not love you, but still your love was true”. Just like Vincent, we are all subject to daily criticisms that could turn our day or life upside-down. In this world full of selfish ideas of perfection, our imperfections which are often misunderstood whereas it is actually a perfect expression to be loved, heard, seen and understood just like any other.

 

Art Redefined: What is Art Today?

Throughout time, art has been a part of everything here on earth. Starting from the very first sight in the morning, our room’s interior design, stained glass, fountain and statutes and the graffiti on the street walls. They are all forms of visual arts.

Mixed Media Visual Possibilities

Depending on your faith, one could say that in the beginning of creation, God is the artist and He initiated the idea of appreciation through visual observation, allowing us to revel in the beauty of His creation. God even speaks about admiration and the joy of seeing the fruit of wisdom of how one is fearfully and wonderfully made, uniquely knitted with love. There is no wonder that men are artists in nature since human is created in God’s likeness. And our very own world we call earth is a part of God’s magnificent creation called the universe.

Long before, visual artists are strictly addressed to people who devote their time to painting and sculpture like Vincent Van Gogh, Michael Angelo and the like. But Art itself cannot be limited to these areas. Art is an expression of one’s self, emotions or feelings mostly pertaining to love. Since emotion is complicated enough to understand, artworks from different artist change from time to time and swayed by the creator’s moods.

Vincent Van Gogh in Visual Possibilities

An example of this is Vincent Van Gogh who because of his unique masterpiece was called lunatic by the people from his time and cost him his fortune and family. One of his famous quotes that reflects how dynamic art really is, is when he said this:

Art is to console those who are broken by life and I dream my painting and I paint my dream.

Years later after his tragic end, people began to appreciate his creations and now are valued in millions of dollars — even his mere sketches.

Through time, the influence of visual art was no longer limited to clays, stones, paints, and canvass. Now, no one could ever say that he or she is not influenced or influencing art one way or the other. Starting from fashion designs, graphic designs, cinematics, photography and even the skyscrapers, all these are a product of man’s imagination and passion. The quote of the above famous artist tells us that art itself has no boundaries when he said, “What is done in love is done well.”

Art Exhibit in Visual Possibilities

The Innovating Millennial Business

There’s a lot of thing on the plate of a small business owner. We are talking about cash reducing concerns like pilferage, insider theft, inventory mismanagement, and taxes.  Challenges become more complex and roadblocks very hard to foresee. It’s never a walk in the park unlike some might think. For me, it is of utmost importance that one is really called to be a businessman. That entrepreneurship is really his or her cup of tea.

millennial entrepreneur

Regardless, the business of the future has to innovate. Small business software is now available even for the most price-conscious entrepreneur. We can’t deny how effective and efficient a good software is in automating and streamlining the different aspects of one’s business. However, we have to admit that not every software is good.

To be a ‘good’ software, a program has to be effective and efficient but at the same time, user-friendly and adaptive. What use is a working software if one cannot work using it, right?

Where do you find one?

Finding one has become so much easier these days. If you go online and use the search engines you can easily look for the one that matches your needs offhand.  However, this option along with the choice of buying your software off the shelf is only good for tech-savvy and experienced individuals. Otherwise, this can open a Pandora’s box of problems for your computer once it is installed or used incorrectly.

If you happen to be a medium-sized establishment or company, it may be good to note that most big companies have their own business software customized for them. You may want to follow suit. There are also smaller companies you can outsource for your programming needs.  You just have to know and specify exactly what works for you.

Incidentally, companies like Google and Microsoft have existing program suites that address many of our requirement for office setups. So why not try them as well?