Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Just Enjoy --- Days 10/316 and 317

Walk: 1. Golden Gate Park Pickleball  2. Cold hood before the rain

Distance: 1. 2.5 miles, 90 minutes pickle  2. 3miles, Yoga

Vincent Van Gogh, Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun, 1889, o/c

Olive Trees, Van Gogh Immersive, San Francisco, April, 2021 

So which of these expressive and colorful olive tree landscapes do you resonate to?  

If you are like Ciwt, the answer is both.  She loved being immersed in the huge fields and trees, suns, flowers, people and villages that were part of Vincent Van Gogh's life.  Animate or inanimate they affected him deeply and he painted them all with palpable passion and love.

In the immersive Ciwt was able to see even more clearly Van Gogh's multiple brush strokes and color upon color upon color in each painting.  The enormity of the surrounding art work allowed her to 'exist' in Van Gogh's world and even a bit in his head.

On the other hand the glow of the oil and the tight agitation, near frenzy in which Van Gogh worked wasn't as electrifying to Ciwt as standing before of one of his actual paintings.

Both experiences are affecting and transporting.

So, why pit them against each other as some art critics have?  If the immersives are all that someone ever sees of Van Gogh, if they never enter a museum and just have the memory of a beautiful, moving experience and new knowledge of Van Gogh and his life, so what?  Many people value other activities over museums, and Ciwt has never heard anything except joyful reactions to the immersive experiences.

If someone else is a museum goer and only sees Van Gogh's paintings in that venue, lucky them!  If they go on to study his life and techniques because of it, even luckier.

And if they have all three experiences as Ciwt has, well, Wow!

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