Today I am struggling to get to my to do list because I can't stop thinking about my recent trip to Mexico (thanks mom and dad!), where I sipped on margs while attempting not to get sunburned. I can't seem to get Frida Kahlo out of my head either. I met Frida’s gaze almost everywhere I went…her vibrant spirit still breathes through the streets of Mexico. She finds you in the colorful shops along the coastline and on the walls of the open-air seafood restaurants. I even caught her staring at me in the hotel bathroom.
There is something about that gaze; her deep, dark eyes follow you, bring you into her paintings, and then into her world. You can tell there is something more to this lady than her unibrow and flowery hair - she has quite a story, which you should def. learn more about if you haven't already.
I’ve learned a lot from my girl Frida Kahlo. Not only from her artwork, but from her words of wisdom. I love her fiery spirit, her passion for love and for art, and her ability to overcome tragedy. In honor of one of my biggest inspirations, I now have two Frida prints available in the shop!
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I visited Maira Kalman's"The Elements of Style" exhibit at the Frist a few summers ago on my Birthday. After passing through the busy animation exhibit and moving right into a brightly lit room full of still illustrations, I appreciated the life inside each of Kalman's colorful paintings even more.
Each painting in the exhibit is inspired by lines from the authoritative American English writing style guideThe Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, which was republished in 2005. Kalman illustrates paintings to lines like, "well, Susan, this is a fine mess you are in" and "every window, picture, and mirror was smashed." What a brilliant idea, to bring some color (literally) to a pile of dry sentences from an English writing style book, meant only to be examples of how to speak and write in proper English!
Maira Kalman, who says she "daydreamed" her way into NYU inthis TED Talk from 2007, is a writer of children's books, a frequent contributor to the New York Magazine, and, of course, a famous artist. Her artistic style is whimsical, witty, and simplistic. I love that she doesnot color inside the lines and that she incorporates images from her own life into her work.
Another fearless female artist I will add to my list of inspiring people.