It’s All In Your Head
Like the helm of a ship, your mind is the most powerful part of you. Always keep it full of the idea that you can do anything and reach any dream.
Hard Work vs. Luck
In a culture so obsessed with hand-outs and getting there faster, we sometimes leave out all of the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes on to a goal. Hard work and dedication help you lose inches and pounds, not luck.
Happy birthday to Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907–1954). Kahlo’s jewel-like self-portraits show her penchant for self-exploration and her affinity for reinventing herself. How do you choose to express your identity?
“Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird,” 1940, by Frida Kahlo (Nickolas Muray Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin. © Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, DF/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens, kept “Prometheus Bound" in his personal collection for several years and called it one of his most important creations. Rubens collaborated with other artists, including Frans Snyders, who was distinguished for his depictions of flower and animals. Snyders also worked on "Prometheus Bound," painting the eagle. With wings that span the entire width of the canvas, the eagle rips at Prometheus’s liver as his punishment for stealing fire from the gods. This mythological depiction could be seen as an artist struggling with creativity or grappling with eternal suffering. What do you think it means?
“Prometheus Bound,” begun c. 1611–12, completed by 1618, by Peter Paul Rubens and Frans Snyders