Threshold! (van Gogh poem and primed pieces)

The DP prompt is THRESHOLD.  My photo entry is a picture from the art room.

Sitting in the art room we find some “primed” donated items on the “threshold” of becoming customized works of art!

This photo has some off angled window light coming in – as the day was over, the room was now clean, and students went home – and I was on the threshold of enjoying a quiet evening….


primed pieces - on the threshold of painting them
A few art students were able to enjoy these donated items. Here they are primed and ready to be painted…. On the THRESHOLD of becoming a custom piece of art! May 2012



Also- here is van Gogh’s  “Old Man in Sorrow” Threshold painting- and a few of his drawings with a threshold kind of mood.


threshold art by van gogh _priorhouse


“Threshold” Poem (about van Gogh) by Y. Prior

There’s an old saying –  “everything happens for a reason”

– and that life “HAS to have difficult seasons”

It’s how we grow –

quiet the soul.

some hardships take a toll…

while God is always in control

when Van Gogh toiled with those that mined coal

There was no way he would ever know…

What was in store…

what God would bestow….

how setback would lead to an art door –

nice and slow….


He was fired from the coal mines for caring too much??

Accused of having an overzealous touch!

What was up with those religious Dutch?

How dare they judge – and put down serving as such!

They missed van Gogh’s caring heart –

But it had to happen – so he could make his ART!


The early drawings, inspired by Millet –

represent the threshold – of art we cherish today!

…900 works and a wounded ear.

…800 letters while pushing on each year!

Everything happens for a reason- it’s true

And you dear reader – are on a threshold too

God has great things in store for you…



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35 thoughts on “Threshold! (van Gogh poem and primed pieces)

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and the nice comment – I will be over to your blog to check out your entry (if you have one) and to see your photography… 🙂 ~yvette


  1. Love your take on the ‘Threshold’ challenge Y! Great poem and theme. i like that – ‘on the threshold of becoming a custom piece of art’. Oh, the hopes and dreams we all share alike.. 🙂


  2. (EN) At the beginning a pencil in humble black and white like children when start to draw, then bright and opposite colors,sag and emphasis of stroke. Not Van Gogh, but others did not notice his journey. He traveled in his soul and they blamed his trip.
    Thaks to you and thanks to him for this “journey post” 😀
    (IT)IAll’inizio l’umile bianco e nero della matita come i bambini quando iniziano a disagnare,poi luminosi e opposti colori,l’incurvarsi e l’accentuarsi del tratto. Non lui, ma gli altri non si sono accorti del suo cammino .Lui viaggiò nella sua anima e loro biasimarono il suo viaggio.
    Grazie a lui e grazie a te per questo ” post viaggio”:-D


    1. well thanks to you for the way you wrote about van Gogh -“sag and emphasis of stroke” I read what you wrote a couple of times – quite tasty forthemo! grazie – 🙂


    1. Hey Colline -The large canvas actually had colorful hot air balloons (more organic and wavy) by a girl named Abbey. I guess her subject was inspired by the Bellagio in NV of all places – lol – and I will see if I have the photo still and try to include it in an upcoming post.

      oh – and I did think of you while sleeting this photo – (so I was extra glad to see your gravatar) but I thought of you because another picture I took on this same day – well it showed a few kids playing in the rain – and it reminded me of that “unbridled joy” you talked about – and you know – how “serious” we get as age…. I will have to share/post that photo later too….
      have a nice day…. 🙂


      1. I would love to see that photo. Link it to one of my posts and that way I am sure to see it. I always love seeing kids at play.


  3. Wonderful poem, Y! Love the take on. van Gogh’s old man in sorrow is moving… Appreciate you posting his drawings.


    1. Thanks!! and I really liked your “THRESHOLD of a great cultural experience” – and wish I was there to hear that concert – .


  4. Y, I like your perspective here – it’s thought-provoking! I’d been to Vincent Van Gogh’s museum when I was in Amsterdam, and guess what, I’m reading Lust for Life by Irving Stone these days.


    1. thanks Mahesh – and woo hoo about the book – that is on my summer read list – so I will check back with you after I dive in (but was wondering if you like it so far?) Also, I do not know much about Irving Stone, but I am looking forward to seeing if I like his style as a writer….


      1. Irving Stone was a biographical writer (with a bit of fiction). If Lust for Life was for Vincent, The Agony and the Ecstasy was for Michelangelo. Though I bought this book in 2005 in Amsterdam, I’ve started reading it only now. 7 pages into it and I’m hooked.


      2. thanks for the info – and I am kind of jealous (but I know my time will come to read it too). and the book I am finishing up this week is a lighthearted and easy read: “why cats don’t like to swim” (and imponderables book) lol O_o 🙂


  5. I love how the sun is coming out of the window! Sunset light is always beautiful! 🙂 Also, I loved your poem! I have been getting into writing poems, my self and I really enjoyed reading yours!


  6. Now that looks like it’s going to be lots of fun Y! Great post and love the poem. 😀


  7. A very thoughtful response to the challenge, Yvette. And eventually we will get to see what you were on the threshold of 🙂


  8. Love the poems here – Yeah, tell me about the religious Dutch (I am Dutch, lol) – his dad was a pastor and excommunicated Vincent from the church, because V. wanted to marry a prostitute (he wanted to marry her, because she had that job as her only way of income for her and her child). The religious failed to see that V’s was an act of compassion:(

    Last year I got a hold of “Van Gogh’s Letters,” published by Black Dog and Leventhal, N.Y.
    The translation of his letters are pretty good, but leave off some terms of endearment with (mostly) Theo, his brother. Love the book, because it gives many of his early sketches that were a part of his letters to his brother.


    1. hi! well I thought of you with this post because I remembered your feedback from a past post where you commented on your kin feeling w/ V! and wow – how interesting what you share – and I think it is sad when translations leave out anything = because it should translate everything – and when a translator picks and chooses – we all lose!)
      but also sad because to leave out those endearing terms some miss out the cool friendship two brothers share –
      anyhow, that book sounds like something I need to check out…. I have also found some of the letters archived online – and well, thanks for taking the time to leave a comment – 🙂 ~


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