I have a picture on my wall that has followed me the last 15 years of my life.
It was a gift from a good friend, and it was given at a time I needed encouragement. I don’t remember what I needed encouragement for, at that time, in my mid-twenties, I think I remember myself as invincible. My friend’s gift tells me otherwise, and as I’ve grown older, I think I’ve let the world around me be my mirror instead of following the advice and rule of this picture.
What matter most is how you see yourself! Isn’t that the core truth?
I sometimes wonder when we stop looking at ourselves in the mirror and see a fantastic person reflected there.
These last weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time with a beautiful little baby girl of ten months. And whenever she looks at herself in a mirror or at an Ipad, she laughs and truly expresses her enjoyment and excitement. I think she sees herself, exactly as the little kitten.
My little goddaughter of four year old also spends some time in front of the mirror. And I believe she looks at a perfect little princess, when she sees herself in her mirror. Or the mirror we create for her.
Both little girls smile when they look at themselves in the mirror. Both little girls get daily confirmation that they are loved and they are perfect as they are. And I believe they both look in the mirror and see themselves as the best they can be.
They have not yet been judged by the harsh world around them. Or maybe they have, but they have not learned how to consider any of that cruelty. They haven’t realized the comments and images that lead to insecurity and low self-esteem.
It’s my hope that they will keep smiling to themselves for a very long time, and I dream that we have been able to build their confidence so strong that when they one day meet something or someone that will put them down, they will react like the kitten; What matters most is how you see yourself!
And as an extra note to myself: That goes for a grown up woman too! And for you, my friend!
This year, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch (1863 – 1944), one of the towering figures of modern art. . Many know Munch as the man who painted The Scream, but his complete works are remarkable and secure his place as one of the greatest artists to have ever lived.
Last week I finally got to see the exhibition “Munch 150” which is co-hosted by the National Museum and the Munch Museum, both in Oslo. “ Munch 150” is the most comprehensive and ambitious exhibition ever staged representing his 60 years of prolific work, and it open in Oslo on June 2 and run until October 13. With more of 220 of his paintings, including The Scream and Melancholy, the show will anchor an extensive Munch-related summer program occurring throughout the country.
Apart from Munch’s major works, the exhibit promises less-known treasures. “One of the aims of the exhibition is to inspire visitors to discover ‘their own Munch’ as an ever-experimenting, innovative, and relevant artist,” according to its organizers.
It was such a great walk between masterpieces, and the experience left me both uplifted and humble.
Edvard Munch, who died in 1944, is considered one of the most influential artistic figures in modern European visual arts, and the anniversary event intends to give “an opportunity for a new experience and understanding of Munch’s ground-breaking contributions to modern art,” the organizers say.
In his day he elicited anger and admiration for his unorthodox style of painting. Today his work continues to influence and reflect the realities of the continent.
Other exhibits of his prints, collaborations, interpretations by other artists, collective works done in different periods of his life, documentaries, and plays based on his controversial and celebrated art are on the list, as well as alternative treats like The Scream from Nature, an interactive contemporary project interpreting Munch’s masterpiece The Scream, in which the iconic anxiety-ridden face will be recreated outdoors in large format.
“Munch wrote several texts about The Scream motif, the most poignant among these being: ‘I felt a huge unending scream course through nature,’” write the organizers. “Now, over 100 years later, we hear another ‘scream’ from nature: droughts, forest fires, floods, earth slides, extreme weather, melting glaciers, rising ocean levels and massive extinctions of animal and plant species are just some of the huge challenges the world faces today.”
While they are waiting for the family addition to happen in England, the Norwegian Royal dog,
Milly Kakao – the Crown Prince and Crown Princess’ family dog – had nine puppies on June 15.
A series of photographs have now been taken of Their Royal Highnesses’ family with the puppies.
The pictures were taken by photographer Veronica Melå at the Crown Prince and Crown Princess’ holiday home at Dvergsøya outside Kristiansand.
I just thought these photos were too cute, and they portraits our royal family as genuine animal lovers. If you want to see all the photos from this photo session, you may visit their homepage here.