Famous artist Frida Kahlo once said, “I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.” Here Kahlo is saying when it comes to the self, you will always have loneliness and intimacy intertwining and making one thing, almost like a mixed drink you would order at a posh bar. In other words, loneliness and intimacy are unavoidable when thinking about who you are as a person. Sometimes that is a tough pill to swallow, but ultimately, self-portraits are a way for artists to medicate themselves against loneliness parasites and the profound terror of intimacy.
Speaking of loneliness parasites and the profound terror of intimacy…it is safe to say that we Americans have immersed ourselves in the holiday season. Thanksgiving is next week. Christmas and Hanukkah will be here in a blink of an eye. Then we all will be kissing at midnight on New Year’s Eve. It happens fast…so here we are, trapped in one big tinsel-filled blur not knowing who we are. I do not mean to sound like a Negative Nancy. I just understand that the holiday season is a bit of a double-edged sword.
Despite all the good cheer, some of us are discombobulated when the radio starts spitting out Johnny Mathis. For some of us, this is the loneliest time of the year. We feel forced, almost by candy cane gunpoint, to feel friendly and not alone, but that is not very reasonable. Around this family-focused time of the year, it becomes tough to remember where you came from. You are simply free floating from gathering to gathering with no foundation to call your own. What is the solution to these seasonal woes? A self-portrait is the solution, but not the kind that you are thinking of.
Of course, I am referring to a watercolor portrait of your home! Having an artistic rendering of where you grew up in or of the house where you are currently residing gives you a strong footing on every path you might be on this holiday season. Think of a watercolor portrait of your home as a hub of electromagnetic energy that draws you in and makes you feel at home wherever you are. Not only does this provide you with a sense of belonging, it also is a source of intimacy in case you need it, in case absent arms and cold hearts surround you. Watercolors of homes could very well be the glue that holds your holiday season together. They also make great gifts, especially House Portraits by Deb!