The Water Lilies Artwork Had Me Stop In My Tracks

The Water Lilies Artwork Had Me Stop In My Tracks

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It was just another gloomy morning as I grabbed my wallet, zipped up my fitted jacket, and headed out the door, rushing to get to my favorite coffee store around the block. As I walked into the cozy yet lively cafe filled with the aroma of fresh coffee beans, my eyes wandered towards an enormous, familiar looking painting.

I felt immersed in the waters of the canvas, surrounded by vibrant, delicate water lilies that sat on the surface of the lake like colorful sprinkles on a cake. It took me a minute to realize that I was staring at one of the many artworks from a collection called "Water Lilies" by the great Monet himself.

The painting is unique, as each fragile lily hovering over the water is portrayed as a blurred spot of color; this contrasts with artwork that heavily focuses on accurately depicting an object's true form and weight. Knowing that this was just another replica, I pondered how such an abstract composition of water lilies captivated the attention of billions of brilliant artists since the 1900s who have become as deeply absorbed in the painting as I had been.

While taking one last look at the extraordinary work of art before parting ways, I realized that simplicity doesn't make an artwork less mesmerizing; It is the technique behind it that truly matters. As Monet reduced the use of unessential components and created an emphasis on color and light in his water lilies, he also paved the road to a new form of art known as Impressionism.

Now, whenever I start a fresh painting, I close my eyes and remember how Monet's water lilies forever changed my perspective on abstract art; It made me realize that there is beauty in simplicity, a concept I applied to my later artworks.

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Frida Kahlo's Struggles

The Harships of the Famous Artist
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Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican artist, struggled through many hardships throughout her life. She went through chronic physical illness, a turbulent marriage, and the heartbreak of three miscarriages. Kahlo's works were seen as vulgar and shocking, but were much more profound than they seemed.

At the age of eighteen, Frida was involved in a tragic train-on-bus accident. A rod went through her abdomen, and doctors were surprised she lived. She quoted, after the accident, that the "handrail pierced me the way a sword pierces a bull." The accident dislocated her spine in several areas, and gave reoccurring pains to her shoulder, legs, and feet. In her painting The Bus, (1929) Kahlo recollects her moments before the chaos and agony. This suffering is reflected through her works where she is bedridden, sitting, or even with a mournful look upon her face. The accident changed her life, and it is shown strongly through her works.

Kahlo's relationship with Rivera also made a large impact on her art. In her painting Self-Portrait as a Tehuana, also known as Diego in My Thoughts (1943), Kahlo is depicted with Rivera's face painted across the middle of her forehead. As strange and striking as the piece looks, it represents how often Rivera is on her mind. She created this piece after their divorce, which makes it all the more depressing. Roots are also shown sprawling around Kahlo's head, meaning that she wishes to tie down Rivera to her thoughts and to keep him there eternally. Despite how Rivera treated Kahlo, he is included in many of her paintings, as both a positive and negative figure.

Frida endured three miscarriages throughout her life with Rivera, as well. In one of her most graphic paintings, My Birth (1932.) While the name is deceiving, it is mostly pointed toward her first miscarriage. Rivera inspired Kahlo to document her life through paintings, and tried to capture her birth, but this detailed and powerful painting was the result. A dead human head is shown coming out of the mother, but the mother's head is covered by a sheet, symbolizing that the death of the baby also killed Frida emotionally. It could also depict her mother's recent death. Either of these are a logical explanation to the sheet pulled over the body of the mother.

Frida's paintings are often misunderstood, and make people feel uncomfortable, which is possibly exactly what she wanted. Kahlo was realistic with her works, and did not bend the truth. She intricately demonstrated her hardships through her artwork and has made an impact on her admirers. She is honest to her audience, and did not hide a single feeling she felt toward Diego, her family, and others. Kahlo is an icon in art, life, and her works will be better understood once people dedicate their time to realizing the life and situations that inspired her to create such pieces.

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You Should’ve Left Me: A Poem

You should leave me before it's too late.

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You should've left me the night you came home late,

The night I saw your texts with her and felt my love fade.

You should've left me when I asked if you loved me,

Instead of making me feel like you were too drunk to think clearly.

You should've left me when I cried on your shirt,

Instead of kissing me softly and telling me how you never meant to make me hurt.

You should've left me when I asked for a break,

Instead of crying and telling me how much you needed me to feel sane.

You should've left me when I stopped living in the moment with you,

Instead of trying to win me back with those sweet, sweet words that always seemed too good to be true.

You should've left me when I wouldn't stop using my phone,

Instead of assuming there wasn't another guy and you still were my comfort and home.

You should leave me before it's too late,

because I might just do what you did on that night that made my love fade.

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