After the self-mutilation of his left ear, Van Gogh voluntarily admitted himself to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole lunatic asylum, a former monastery. It catered to the wealthy and therefore was not full, which allowed him to use a ground-floor room as his studio. During the year he stayed there, he produced some of his best-known works, including the Irises, his blue self-portrait and The Starry Night. The Starry Night was depicting his view facing the east, a view which he painted many times. The Starry Night has been interpreted in so many ways and certainly portrays his view from his unique perspective. For all his life, he suffered from mental health issues, including hallucinations. Accordingly, his visualization of the world was certainly colorful. And his background as a missionary, a negative experience for him, surely plays into the painting’s lack of a light only in the church. In his time, he was considered a complete failure, but subsequently his art has become the most expensive ever. Having a daughter who is an artist, I appreciate how a creative genius can struggle to be recognized. I hope that everyone reading this post will help bring value to her life’s work. Visit her website and share it with others.

Prince Bowie

B9828348-F3EC-45B0-B64F-06D2668E9BA6Last night, I attended a company’s anniversary party where a band played music from the 80’s. The music brought back wonderful memories of my young adult life. It also reminded me of my daughter’s Golden Doodle, Prince Bowie, featured in this painting and named after two great musicians who performed many great music hits in the 1980’s and died the year her dog was born. Creative people definitely make our world more beautiful.