This is a late one. I wanted to get it out in time for my sister’s birthday (June 11) but things got in the way. Truthfully, I was afraid to talk about Van Gogh, because there are so many things to say about him. His is a heartbreaking story that I dare not get into right now. Still, he’s one of my favorite artists (as clichéd as it may be) and this work of his Almond Blossom is a touching gift to his brother, Theo, and his wife when Vincent received news of their new baby as a symbol of new life. If you are fortunate enough to see any of Van Gogh’s works in person, I suggest that you do so. The movement of the strokes evoke such powerful emotions.