- Acrylics on canvas
- Measurements: 80 x 80 cm
- Including stained wooden frame
- Part of ‘Flowerpower’-collection
The story behind this painting:
Love yourself. As a human being. Love your body. With all your imperfections.
When I first heard this years ago, I thought it sounded a bit strange. Self-love is sometimes associated with narcism, vanity and selfishness. nothing could be further from the truth. Now I know better: loving yourself is so important!
Being confronted with an autoimmune disease in which all my hair fell out a few years ago, my appearance changed dramatically. In fact, I ended up in a considerable identity crisis, because I no longer recognized my own reflection (because: completely bald). I didn’t want to waste away and decided to confront myself: to sit in front of the mirror for 15 minutes every day and just look at myself. Facing all there is without judgment. And above all: giving myself a little love. Of course I did not meet my ideal image of beautiful, healthy and long hair at all. And it is tempting to punish yourself for that reason: because you cannot live up to that ideal image of yourself, of someone else, of society. But there is so much more! And believe me, if you dare to look, you will see so many beautiful things about yourself. And maybe I would have preferred a smaller nose, narrower hips, a beautiful even skin and no scars, but on the other hand, those things do make me who I am. Being able to accept yourself who you are is the key to happiness. And having a little loving thoughts about yourself goes a long way to that. You will definitely feel better about yourself. Although it may not work every day, it is always worth trying anyway.
This unique rose symbolizes self-love, happiness and gratitude. There is no one like you and everything about your true self is beautiful: just love yourself! The pink hues of this painting stimulate softness and especially represent love for yourself.
What do you like about yourself? Have you ever stood in front of the mirror to look at yourself without judgment?