Rich and I recently drove down to the Bronx to see the NY Botanical Garden–fun short trip! They are honoring Frida Kahlo this year and have recreated some of the gardens from her home in Mexico in the conservatory, and have a collection of her paintings in a gallery. This self portrait was one of the works exhibited. I’m not a fan of Frida’s art but she is an interesting cultural icon, historical figure and was-still is- beloved by her country. So to commemorate the trip, I decided to insert myself into this oil painting. Move over, Frida! I opted to leave out the pricking thorns and dead bird hanging from her neck… and substituted my beaded branching necklace. I used watercolor pencils and pen. Hair is hard, need to work on that. And really a white shirt just does nothing for me. I’m like a ghost with the pale shirt, pale eyes and pale hair. Frida painted lots of self portraits which is the key–regular practice changes everything. On the one hand I hate that that’s true. Why does everything have to take practice? On the other hand, I like drawing, so it’s a good thing! Cooking–an entirely different story.
Check out this sweet little vintage wooden puzzle I found at the Green Door. So appealing. It’s about seven and a half inches in diameter, has thirteen pieces, and says “Made in Holland” on the back but you’d guess that from the windmill. I put it together in the store to make sure all the pieces were there, and it’s trickier than you’d think for a kid’s puzzle. It’s reminiscent of a mandala, don’t you think? Mandala’s are supposed to be symbolic of the universe to over simplify, and to me, this little interlocking village represents a microcosm of the universe. You know–village, town, city, state, country, continent, world, planet, galaxy, universe. They probably weren’t thinking that when they made it. I get the church, school, houses, windmill, etc., but I’m wondering about the odd building at two o’clock with the dotted half circle windows and the door with the antennae on top…Is that a typical Dutch building or is that where the giant bees live?