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August 20, 2005 [ More archived home pages here ]

In Consideration Of Vincent's Nature

Today's song is Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get released in the early 1970's by the Dramatics. Wrap that music around your mind as I write a bit about my favorite artist, Vincent van Gogh. There is a connection, trust me. ;-)

For some unknown reasons I am drawn to the work and life of Vincent. I've been to the Amsterdam museum named after him back in 1993. What I would really like to do is visit some of the places he lived and painted at over 100 years ago.

There are several books about Vincent. I own a few of them. One of them is about the letters he wrote that expressed his tortured emotions that drove him to see life around him in granular detail. Throughout his adult life he struggled to reveal what others seemed to have missed concerning the routine level of human existence. After his death he was regarded as one of Europe's greatest artists. Life for him was very strange, he grasped for recognition that he was on to something special regarding the human spirit and condition. Vincent didn't live to see his achievements and insights accepted.

I wonder what his reactions would have been had he received appreciation for his work while still alive? What was Vincent really looking for?

I don't know the answers to my questions about Vincent. Sometimes I think he was on a one-way trip all of his life. At those times I consider he only looked for new ways to pose questions, not seek answers. Incorporating life's feedback into his own nature doesn't seem to have been part of his personality. His talent ran full-out, exhausting him, taking his own life when there was no more for him to give.

Too bad Vincent didn't have a way to understand every person has limits and such limits shouldn't be exceeded. We can enjoy his art, we can feel sympathy for him, we should learn from him what happens when someone pushes too far out ahead of circumstances.

I recognize in me some of the drive that Vincent had for his artistic talents. I need to remind myself of my own lessons learned in life from time-to-time and not cross the boundaries with full steam ahead as I did when I was a young man. I try to keep a bird's-eye view of life and not get too deep into details that are likely to change beyond my realm of control. A realm that grows smaller by fractions of a degree every day.


In the Mac world of computers, users like me who have installed Tiger, are using the Dashboard feature regularly. As an artist, I have created a freeware widget named, Time Out Of Mind Art [ Link since removed ] to use with Dashboard [ Link since removed ]. That widget displays my 177 currently available art images in a pleasing manner as a slideshow to those that download and properly install it.


Now I mention another Digital Insight to close out this home page. After Labor Day, I will stop providing these digital insights as a regular feature. I rather enjoy saving such discussions for my in-person meetings and presentations that happen from time-to-time.

Natural Influences (Image created in May 2000)

The practical implications of psychology are a favorite study of mine. Some people are very easy to predict how they will respond. Some people are often cloaked in mystery and respond in unpredictable ways.

One of the ways to potentially affect outcomes for another's course of actions is to understand a person's 'natural influences', that is, how they perceive the world about them and navigate accordingly.

Ask someone about their ideas. Listen to them closely and you may learn a great deal about them and what motivates them to pursue one idea over another. We are all effected by a natural rhythm of life that is unique to each of us. If you can tap into a person's natural ways, you can understand them to a much higher degree. Using my own words, I quote a portion from that page's narration:

"How do ideas originate?"


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