Saturday, February 5, 2011

Van Gogh sold only 1 painting in his lifetime

Where were the millions of people who now adore his works?

Van Gogh's vision of beauty was so new, so individual, and so different from what had come before that most people didn't have the eyes to see it. For that reason his work was ignored.

Until! Over time people began to see the innocence, the purity, and vibrancy that are the substance of Van Gogh's paintings. Little by little people began to realize the courage, and beauty that he fought to unveil.

In the decades after his death the art world wondered to itself "How can we make sure we don’t miss the NEXT Van Gogh?"

It's a good question! How can we make sure we see the glorious, surprising things that exist and are coming newly into the world?

The world has it's eyes set on doing. Personal achievement. Making a name for one's self. But one of the most deeply needed things in the world is people who can appreciate what is there. Appreciators. People whose eyes and ears are open to see and explore the wondrous things of creation. Surely Van Gogh was one of those people when he saw in his heart what came out on his canvases.

In fact, there are countless ideas and visions coming into the world through the eyes and ears of people all the time. There are amazing artists sewn among us like invisible gems. In fact, everyone is bringing forth something amazing. Who has the eyes to see it and the ears to hear it? I wish I were better at this!

It is entirely in the interests of the seer and hearer to make their eyes and ears broader and deeper. The more good we can see, the more deeply we feel love, adoration, admiration, worth and value in our lives. Seeing beauty in the world around me is what first taught me, beyond a doubt, that God exists.

There are countless wonders in our world, hidden in plain sight. Let's open our eyes and ears and drink in the riches…

Matt. 13:9
"Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."


  1. As an artist, what do you do when you feel your works are going unnoticed? I know I feel that sometimes.

  2. I just read you January post "Songs from the Valley" which addresses my question above!

  3. Lovely post! I didn't know you have a blog! Very awesome. Thank you for sharing! I hope I have ears to hear.