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The secret of Van Gogh’s genius – and how you can use it too

Insightful comments by art critic Tom Lubbock on how Van Gogh ‘draws how one
might wish to live’. That’s by improvising, and in particular by trusting
his abilities moment by moment as his artwork emerged.

You too. You know what you are doing. If you do it attentively and with
confidence, you’ll also find that state of flow, and find yourself working
at your best.

Works like this are miracles. In their clarity and certainty they look plotted, but their complexity and flexibility could only be achieved spontaneously. Every stroke is without doubt, and every stroke is a surprise. The mind, the eye, the hand, are continually improvising and always coming right. Vincent draws how one might, wish to live. And it’s these inexhaustible, exemplary, encouraging pictures that are the real Van Gogh: that’s to say, his irreplaceable fit to the world.

Would you like to build your confidence and feel more spontaneous and creative on the stage of life? Take a look at our Improvisation for Life workshops and let us know if you’d like to join us in future.

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