Last weekend I wanted to enjoy the fact that spring is here and summer is around the corner. While walking trough the city, a couple of kids came up to me with a box filled with selfmade art works which they were selling. What I loved about it is that every kid had their own task: a little boy approached me, the girl helped me pick the art work, another girl collected the money in her little princess bag, while the last team member kept production going on a picknick table by the front door of her house.
They of course told me “Hey you look like mickey mouse!” and suggested I put the flowers I just bought in my hair. The remainder of that day I walked around Amsterdam with crepe paper flowers on my head. I was very aware of the raised eyebrows, but not a bit worried about people taking me seriously: I was in my zone channeling the late and great Frida Kahlo.
Frida Kahlo is a surrealistic Mexican painter, known for her self portraits.
Kahlo’s work and life is remembered for it’s pain and passion.
Over the years I’ve drawn so much inspiration from her personality, life and work. Especially, her ability to be vulnerable, acceptting and celebrating her imperfections.
“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality” ― Frida Kahlo
“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” ― Frida Kahlo
“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim” ― Frida Kahlo
“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” ― Frida Kahlo