The kids and I saw this iris on our way  home. It was the lone blossom from an area of bare earth…I had to stop and snap…I rarely see them around here. Irises remind me of Van Gogh because at one point, I think that was 14 years ago, I made a copy of his piece Irises during art class (watercolor). I learned to admire the work and the artist in the process…

We accepted that Van Gogh was troubled, cut off his ear, admitted to an asylum and finally took on his life as history books and film portrayals had it. Now, 121 years after, two authors – Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith argue that Van Gogh did not commit suicide. The inconsistencies in the stories surrounding the artists’ life prompted them to do extensive research, read about it here. We may never know what really transpired in the artist’s life but we know how great of an artist he was.