a special one indeed

64 days in heaven and hell (94)
Day 10, November 1 - The first true product of the ‘Studio of the South’
The autumn had been pleasant until then, when a violent storm broke during the night. It would rain abundantly for two days.
Van Gogh and Gauguin retreated to their small studio and worked at gaslight. at the paintings that they had started at ‘Les Alyscamps’.

This is one of them. And a very special one indeed. It is perhaps the first true product of the interaction in the ‘Studio of the South’.

Van Gogh had crawled on the dike alongside the ‘Allée des Tombeaux’ to paint the scene from a new perspective. All of a sudden, he applied the ‘cloisonnist’ principles that he had discussed so frequently with his friend Bernard and with Gauguin. 

Vincent Van Gogh, Les Alyscamps - Falling Leaves, c. November 1, 1888. Oil on burlap, 73 x 92 cm. Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands (F 486, JH 1620)


     The World of Conquest was a stark contrast from her lands in terms of its sky. Although Embla was by no means similar to Askr, they still received light. Yet here it was perpetual darkness any which way she turned. Strangely enough, she couldn’t say it was a bother for the moment. Though this might be in part because she didn’t plan to stay longer than necessary. There were already a few candidates in mind for new heroes to bring back– if the word of her scout was anything to trust.

     However, that didn’t mean she wouldn’t keep an ear out for other folk. Some of the best people came from tavern stories and idle gossip. She was accompanied by no more than two soldiers at either side– perhaps this spoke of her level of confidence. Though young, Veronica was indeed well-versed in her specialized magic. And when one was so skilled, they could sense that same ability in other. Such was the very thing that brought her feet to a stop. A ruby gaze found itself focused on a man not too far off. He seemed to be occupied with an instrument, but she refused to move.

     A long ago lesson went ignored in the back of her mind. ‘ It’s impolite to stare. ’ She wasn’t staring. This was observing.

once upon a time ……………… Algy listen to the fox [together with the Little Prince] when he said:

Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.

“Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

“Hier ist mein Geheimnis. Es ist ganz einfach: Man sieht nur mit dem Herzen gut. Das Wesentliche ist für die Augen unsichtbar!”

Dear Jürgen jr-pictures thank you so much for this wonderful contribution to Algy’s party celebrations!

Algy is amazed and truly honoured to have been whisked into space and invited to listen to these wonderful words of wisdom with Le Petit Prince. That makes his party a very special one indeed!

[ Original photo composition by jr-pictures ]