When Words Don’t Work

When Words Don’t Work

The church in Starry Night is the only building without yellow light emanating from the inside and one of the only places throughout the painting where there is not a hint of yellow. Maybe not too significant until you realize that Van Gogh used the color yellow to represent God. The Church at Auvers is of a beautiful church building but with no doors and the path splits instead of leading to the church building, Vincent Van Gogh painted Eternity’s Gate as a representation of himself sitting in a chair with his head in his hands seeming to be in anguish. He finished painting it three days before he shot himself.

I admired the beauty of each of these paintings before I knew the meaning behind them. The story that Van Gogh tells through his brushwork is beautiful. They are stories of life that he best could tell through the stroke of a brush on canvas.

There are a lot of times when I can’t put words to what I am thinking or what I am feeling but I can picture it in my head. Colors come to my head. Images flash across my memory. Emotions that cannot be put to words come alive through images.

Art tells a story.

What images would you use to tell your story?

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