A Van Gogh!

A Van Gogh!
From the artists at ArtWorks945

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I am sorry to have been so absent on this blog lately.  My life has been very hectic in the last month.  As I mentioned in my last post, teaching always cuts into my freedom to write, think and in general lounge around.  But there has been another cause of my lack of free time lately: two weeks ago I got engaged.

When I started this project, Lisa, my fiancé, hadn’t yet moved into my house.  For those who haven’t read the very first few posts I wrote, my house was the motivation for the Van Gogh project in the first place.  When I bought the house, I thought to myself (and still do think to myself quite often) that a Van Gogh would look just great on one of its walls.  And so I decided to try to trade up to one of his paintings.

Anyone following the blog will know that I had made some genuine progress.  Indeed, by my calculations, I had gotten 1/10th of the way to a Van Gogh.  But then, as those who have been reading the blog will also know, the USPS chucked a spear into a painting I had traded for and so altered the course the project was taking. 

I am now planning to auction off the painting in question – Charlie Spear’s Falling Down Man -- as something of an experiment concerning aesthetic value.  Of course, that means that I won’t be able to continue my quest for a Van Gogh and hence that I will quite likely never end up owning one.  But at the moment, I couldn’t care less.  Why?  Because I now get to have something in my house every day that is way more beautiful than any of Van Gogh’s paintings: Lisa.

I have learned that it really is good to thank the Universe for bringing goodness into one’s life.  So I can’t help but tell the Universe:

Thank you!
Thank you!
Thank you!

And I can’t help but tell Lisa: I love you.

In my next post, which I plan on writing very soon, I will give an update on the auction.  It really is very closer to taking place.

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