The Duet (1850). Charles van Beveren (Belgian, 1809-1850). Oil on panel. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Van Beveren studied art at the academy in Mechlin and at Antwerp. He settled in Amsterdam in 1830, subsequently visiting Paris, Rome, and other cities of Italy, and distinguished himself as a painter of history, genre, and portraits.
Family tree of Mary Queen of Scots, c.1603
When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You’re too this, or I’m too this.’ That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.
Never prove people right. Never prove them wrong. Prove instead that you make your own path in life.
—Katina Ferguson (via theantiquated)