I am drawn to the color blue—as I mentioned in a previous post. Mostly a dark indigo blue, but also lighter blues and in blues combination feel soothing to me.
And the other day, I ran across a beautiful Van Gogh painting shared on twitter by History of Art (Thanks!) called Starry Night over the Rhone (1888) that really moved me with its interplay of blues and yellows simulating a brightly twinkling night sky.
Shared by HISTORY OF ART@AHistoryOfArt
“Vincent Willem Van Gogh (Dutch: 30 March 1853 –29 July 1890) Starry Night over the Rhone, September 1888. Musée d’Orsay, Paris.”
Initially, I was so captivated by the representation of the yellow gold twinkling stars and city lights reflected in the blue water, that it was only belatedly–as I wrote this post–that I also noticed the strolling couple in the lower right hand corner, as well as the small boats just above and to the left of them. It looks like a lovely night, clear and calm, with a light cool breeze. Soothing.
So as I do a countdown of sorts to my upcoming leg tendon repair surgery—which, as you might imagine, has me a bit unsettled—I am seeking calming and soothing atmospheres. Sight and sound.
Music often soothes me, too. And though I love the Josh Groban version of the Don McLean song Starry Starry Night with Groban’s rich baritone, the lyrics toward the end can be a bit of a downer. Ha! And I actually have a small gilt framed print of the Van Gogh 1889 painting The Starry Night (below):
So instead, I chose to include a more uplifting ballad sung by Josh Groban, You Raise Me Up:
My other senses also engage in soothing and comfort with fruity or chocolate tastes, light flowery scents, and softness like our beagle’s fur as she lies beside me and sleeps.
So if you’re like me, and want a little calming and soothing, then surround yourself with a comfort zone of sight, sound, taste, touch, and scents, then rest and relax. Peace, love, & hugs! Grati ;->