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Nickel
06-30-2008, 01:44 PM
Hi Everyone and welcome to Art Heritage no. 2

Our artist for study these next two months is Frida Kahlo .




She is not all peaches and cream. Nor should she be. There are many links I’ve found to share, some have video, others images, others links are to stories of Frida’s life. In my research studies, her many self-portraits remind me of Rembrandt and how he was always painting himself. It is interesting to see how she understands her place and time. It interesting to see how she copes with hardship. It is interesting to see how she loved.

I know so very little and if you have something to share please do join in.

That I know of, all of her work is copyrighted. Olga’s Gallery allows “ limited non-commercial, educational, and personal use only, or for fair use as defined in the United States copyright laws. Users must, however, cite the source of the image as they would material from any printed work, and the citations should include the URL www.abcgallery.com.“

However for our purpose you can paint/draw/any media, a study of her work giving proper credit, a study of yourself, a study of yourself in one of Frida’s paintings, again giving credit, a still life, or anything at all in a manner you think represents a Frida Kahlo artistic emphasis on life in your interpretation. Paint your reality. Do you have pain and suffer? Are you in love? The Surrealist art movement leader André Breton, described her art as “ribbon around a bomb” but Frida responded to this “I never painted dreams, I painted my own reality.” I leave you now with these many links to explore. Let’s have fun and learn. Please tell us about your method and any technical or other details.

A good book I have read with some references to Frida but mostly about the civilization of Mexico. The Life and Times of Mexico by Earl Shorris
Google preview here

http://books.google.com/books?id=zQqtgpqvHL0C&dq=the+life+and+times+of+mexico&pg=PP1&ots=d0AinTrbCh&sig=dwib4oM_rXnqAIKTcSsWeamEA1A&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=1&ct=result

The Real Frida Kahlo
A new exhibition offers insights into the Mexican painter's private life
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/kahlo.html

National Museum for Women in the Arts (NMWA), "Frida Kahlo: Public Image, Private Life. A Selection of Photographs and Letters
http://www.nmwa.org/news/news.asp?newsid=280

News about Frida Kahlo

http://www.fridakahlo.it/news.html

From last year:
"
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Frida Kahlo’s birth, this exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts will include her “Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky,” photographs of the artist, and previously unpublished personal letters."

Open until October 14, 2007

National Museum of Women in the Arts,
1250 New York Ave., N.W.,
Washington, DC

http://portal.sre.gob.mx/IMW/index.php?option=news&task=viewarticle&sid=261

Overview of ongoing Exhibition

http://www.sfmoma.org/exhibitions/exhib_detail.asp?id=310

National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), founded in 1981 and opened in 1987, is the only museum dedicated solely to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts.

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=94130966

Video Google LINKS

http://video.google.com/videosearch?hl=en&q=frieda%20kahlo%20&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wv#

Arts & Entertainment:
Frida Kahlo: A Life in Art
By Peter Selz-Special to the Planet
Thursday June 19, 2008


http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2008-06-19/article/30337?headline=Frida-Kahlo-A-Life-in-Art

"When André Breton, the leader of the Surrealist movement came to Mexico, he described her art as “ribbon around a bomb,” but she rejected the label, saying “I never painted dreams, I painted my own reality.”

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/13/DD4N118BFQ.DTL

"Self-Portrait With Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird" (1940),

"In Mexican lore, the hummingbird connotes luck in love, but the one she wears in the painting is dead. "

"Review: 'Frida Kahlo' at SFMOMA
Chronicle Arts Critic Kenneth Baker reviews some of the artwork on display in the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Photos courtesy of SFMOMA. Slideshow by Kenneth Baker and Benny Evangelista. "

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/multimedia?f=/c/a/2008/06/14/DD4N118BFQ.DTL&o=0


So you may compare or contrast other women artists:
'Women Impressionists' at Legion of Honor
Chronicle Arts critic Steven Winn reviews some of the artwork on display in the Women Impressionists exhibition at the Legion of Honor. Photos courtesy of the Legion of Honor. Slideshow produced by Charles Howard
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/object/multimedia?f=/c/a/2008/06/21/DD0611CJVJ.DTL&o=0

Dr. Cheneys Art History Films

45:58 mins | Dec 16, 2007

http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=frida+kahlo&b=21&ei=UTF-8&fr=hp-pvnb&fr2=tab-web&tnr=20&vid=000142893247

Frida Kahlo Biography (1907 - 1954)

http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9359496

The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo

http://www.pbs.org/weta/fridakahlo/

Museo Dolores Olmedo Patiño review by Frommers

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/mexicocity/A24340.html

"Xochimilco ("the place where the flowers grow"), a village to the southwest of Mexico City, is best known today as a Sunday getaway for residents of one of the world's largest cities."

http://www.on-the-matrix.com/north_america/Xochimilco.asp

"Dolores Olmedo Patiño, the combative Mexican art collector who turned her hacienda into a museum devoted to paintings by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, died in Mexico City on Saturday. Her age was a matter of debate, but she used a birth date that would make her 88.

Mrs. Olmedo amassed 137 works by Rivera and 25 by his wife, Kahlo, and for decades controlled the estates of these Mexican artists."


http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9807E4DD1E3BF931A3575BC0A9649C8B63

Homepage of the Museum

http://www.museodoloresolmedo.org.mx/EN/index.php

Outside Mexico City, The House That Art Built

By Lisa Rein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, February 11, 2007; Page P01

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/09/AR2007020900767.html

dolores olmedo museum (really short clip, but neat peacocks)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqPhLPmiBOA

SFMOMA Presents Highlights of Frida Kahlo's Self-Portraits

http://www.artdaily.com/section/news/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=24695&b=Frida%20Kahlo

Frida Kahlo
in the John Weatherwax Papers

http://www.aaa.si.edu/exhibits/pastexhibits/kahlo/weatherwax.htm

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in San Francisco


http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist10/rivera.html

Some of Frida Kahlo's Art


http://www.abcgallery.com/K/kahlo/kahlo.html



At least we are started with some links for our program. If you don't have time to review all the linksl or are on dial up, just visit the one above at the abcgallery link to visit and see her art online. If you can though read a little about her. Feel free to post as soon as you can. I hope we can learn and have fun together exploring our realities Frida Kahlo's style. :wave: Nickel

trafford
06-30-2008, 04:13 PM
Did Frida for Bold and Insertive, but she is worth another go. A biography in paintings.

Szigane
06-30-2008, 06:10 PM
Sounds like fun! Her art is really intriguing and I especially love her animals (I just seem to love furry little creatures :o).

eyepaint
06-30-2008, 09:23 PM
Awesome! I've already sketched out an idea... :)

eyepaint
07-01-2008, 04:24 PM
Here is my piece! Can you tell I was inspired? This is in the style of but is not a copy of her work.

Acrylic, on 9x12" watercolour paper.

The uploader was working for me this morning, but now it won't so here it is an attachment.

Cheers,

artbyjune
07-02-2008, 02:17 AM
Marvellous project Nickel. I am going to thoroughly enjoy looking at your links. I got a book on her work out of the library. I love the animals in the self portraits. I am raring to go.....


Hi EP. What an intriguing painting. Is this you or Frida or someone else? I wondered because I read Frida was so keen to have a child but suffered miscarriages. Then again you may have a teeny baby?

See you all later.

artbyjune
07-02-2008, 11:10 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Jul-2008/106623-senoritas5k.JPG I did a whimsy in oils this morning...influenced in part by looking at a couple of those terrific youtube videos in Nickel's links above. I call it 'Senoritas, with chihuahua and catfish'. Its small, only 5 by 8 ins but I enjoyed doing it...well, it made me laugh as I painted it so that's a bonus!

I intend to paint another work for this project...maybe a self portrait...don't know yet. Its got me thinking about my identity. :thumbsup:

Nickel
07-02-2008, 12:20 PM
EP I do love your painting. Please do tell more about the story behind it.

June, you made me giggle too ;) I love the whole painting.Good Job!

Here's another link http://www.azteccalendar.com/day/Itzcuintli.html

I was looking for information on the Itzcuintli Dog last night. :)

Szigane
07-02-2008, 06:02 PM
Wow, the other paintings are both really nice. I especially love the catfish in June's. Cute! hehe. I also would love to hear more about eyepaint's piece, it looks so intriguing.

Well, I've not been quite so original and decided to do a graphite study of Kahlo's Portrait of Lupe Marin in my 9" x 12" sketchbook. For some reason, the scan came out pretty darn low quality. Not sure why, though the resizing may have something to do with it. You should still be able to basically see it, though. It was really fun to do this.

That particular painting really drew me to it partly because it reminded me of an old picture of my great grandmother whose name also happened to be Lupe (short for Guadalupe). I also liked how in the very background you could see a vague outline of something: an industrial city? a steamboat on a river? mountains? But you just couldn't be sure.

Also: haha, I messed it up. Well, somebody should be happy to know I'll never make a good forger (not that I'd plan too, but it's the best thing I can think of when I realize my mistake, at least this way I can laugh about it)! I miscounted the necklaces and added an extra by accident. I always have this problem with counting... it's really frustrating trying to read a book and reading the same line more than once. I'm pretty sure that's my dyscalculia at work. :lol:

EDIT: Oh! I found the problem... I pressed the wrong button when I scanned. :o I rescanned it and uploaded it here: http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h136/kohinata/LupeMarinstudy0002.jpg

Much better quality and easier on the eyes, I think. Sorry!

artbyjune
07-03-2008, 01:49 AM
Szigane, I love your drawing! Very fine indeed.

Nickel
07-03-2008, 07:35 AM
Szigane, great story about your Great Grandmother Lupe and how she inspired you in your drawing of Kahlo's Lupe Marin. She looks great to me! :thumbsup: She has a real tenderness but strength that adds very much appeal to her presence. :) Nickel

tyree
07-04-2008, 01:38 PM
wonderful start to this interesting artist...would love to hear ep's and june's story behind their intriguing works,,great design and colours on both!!! ~~szigane..your lupe is fabulous,,,well drawn!!!! ...i have decided to do frida with a monkey...not sure if ill try colour or a pencil work yet...tyree:wave:

eyepaint
07-04-2008, 05:00 PM
June - thank you :) The story for this painting is that the wrapped up baby was supposed to be me and the face at the top was my mother, scrutinizing me. BUT it can also represent Frida and her desire to have a baby.

Love the bold colours and the kitty and the doggie

Nickel - thank you :) See my comment to June.

szigane - thank you :) Your drawing looks great!

Tyree - thank you :) Great choice of Frida painting to study.

Cheers,

eyepaint
07-04-2008, 05:05 PM
In this current Weekend Drawing Event (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=504538), Helen's challenge was to incorporate the style of Degas, Hopper, or dear Ms. Kahlo.

I was all primed from this project here and thus I'm posting my "in the style of" paintings here.

Both are 6x9" ink and watercolour on watercolour paper.

The titles are both "What do you think of my monobrow?" :)

The first is Helen's son. He was fine with the crown, the monkey, and the cat, but didn't want the necklace of Thorns.


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jul-2008/96240-IMGP4376.jpg


Next is Thelma the wonder turkey. She was fine with the monkey and the cat, and she removed the thorns from the necklace because they ruffled her turkey feathers too much. She wasn't keen on the headdress so asked me to leave it out of the portrait.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jul-2008/96240-IMGP4377.jpg


You can read more about Thelma's adventures in this ongoing thread in AMAE: http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=500503


Cheers,

Nickel
07-04-2008, 06:17 PM
Hi Susan, good choice of Frida with her monkey. I can't wait to see it! :)

Hi EP, good story about your painting. Thanks for linking and sharing about the challenge in the WDE and Thelma's Adventures with us. I love the monobrow. :) and Thelma with Monkey & Cat. :) Nickel

A small side note the info techs are still working on the image insert problem along with all the other things acting weird, or missing around the site. Hang in there!

Szigane
07-04-2008, 06:21 PM
In this current Weekend Drawing Event (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=504538), Helen's challenge was to incorporate the style of Degas, Hopper, or dear Ms. Kahlo.

I was all primed from this project here and thus I'm posting my "in the style of" paintings here.

Both are 6x9" ink and watercolour on watercolour paper.

The titles are both "What do you think of my monobrow?" :)


Oh my gosh, this is so great! I wish I hadn't been too intimidated to join in, but it's probably for the best -- the power's been going out every day since this month began, including today (it's been on and off, thunderstorming all day with the power going out at random).

I absolutely love the pictures. I especially love the emotions on the monkey's face. In the first picture he looks so disenchanted it made me giggle. In the second he looks completely uninterested in Thelma, but the cat seems to be grinning at Thelma in the way cats tend to grin at birds (or well, like my cat does). Thelma's crest is her own crown. :thumbsup:

artbyjune
07-05-2008, 04:18 AM
Hi EP. I love your Challenge entries for the WDE. I wasn't sure if Helen meant do one of her photos in the style of Frida...which you've done fabulously...or if she also meant you could do anything in the style of Frida??

As for my Frida-inspired whimsy, there isn't really a storyline. I included catfish and the doggie because I thought they were South/central American icons/natives. And the senoritas for their beautiful Spanish costumes.

See you later.

trafford
07-05-2008, 10:19 AM
Love everyone's work. I dig those eyebrows. Frida said she wore the clothes that Diego liked, but have you ever seen a photo of her in a business suit? Diego was right, her clothes made her as unique as her paintings.

eyepaint
07-05-2008, 10:25 AM
Nickel, szigane, and June - thank you :)

June - I think Helen meant to do one of her photo refs in the style of Hopper, Degas, and/or Frida.

trafford - your comment reminded me that I read that she wore the suit and later the giant skirts to hide her foot deformity due to polio. Here I thought the dresses and big skirts were just the style for ladies back then. The skirts remdind me of the crocheted toilet paper dolls that sat on the toilet tank covering the spare roll.

Cheers,

azulparsnip
07-05-2008, 06:56 PM
Ahhh, Frida is not my favorite artist YET....... You all are making her more interesting though. I'll check out some of those links and do something soon.

June - I love the way you meshed your style with hers, and the intense colors. She was an intense person.

EP - your close examination piece is memorable and I like it alot

Szigane-what an endearing portrait...is there that delicate quality in Kahlo's version

artbyjune
07-06-2008, 02:52 AM
I think Frida really looked great in her Mexican dresses..and so striking in her men's suits. I think she was rather beautiful. They live a lot more intensely and fervently, passionately, in Mexico I think.

Have you seen the video where she is kissing Diego's hand. She looks so in love. I liked that.

Nickel
07-06-2008, 10:45 AM
Azul, we are going to win you over ;) :D

June, I loved seeing in the videos Frida giving Diego kisses. Yes, I agree, she looked totally in love with him and he looked like he was the luckiest man in the world to have her kisses. :) Sweet.

eyepaint
07-10-2008, 12:01 PM
One more time for Frida.
Same ref as the two little sketches.
16x20" Acrylic on stretched canvas.
Not a great likeness, but that's okay.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Jul-2008/96240-IMGP4451.JPG


Cheers,

p.s. I'm a nerd - I like the flip-book slideshow effect of the stages of progress of this painting :)

artbyjune
07-10-2008, 12:36 PM
I love it, EP!!!

WildGoose
07-10-2008, 07:45 PM
Hi Everyone,

This is my first time to post in the classical forum....the topic caught my interest as I am in the process of doing potrait studies of some women artists that have either interesting faces , or a certain "look"......

There's a 1930's or early 40's photo of Frida painting, stopping to pause and look at the photographer that I find softly:heart: intriguing, and have only 1/2- completed...... I hope to post when done.....but it will most assuredly not be tomorrow!;)

Eyepaint-
I found it interesting how you painted your potrait, as I tend to do the opposite!
After the initial sketch I work on a face first, then if it's successful, I'll continue on, and not before!
BRAVO :clap: for taking the plunge in doing one-if you meant to convey you had fun, ( read that GLEE ) you certainly conveyed it!Effective surrounding greenery as well!

:heart: that WDE entry of the "Happy Unibrow Guy"! Really nice pen&ink work!

artbyjune-
Vivid colouring and movement in that surrealistic take on subject matter of hers that appealed to you....

szigane-
Fine drawing, don't worry about the detail too much, your potrait is finely and subtly done, with an attractive light touch!
My paternal great-grandmother's name was Immaculata ConcepcionRodriguez!Grandpa swore it was true!
( though the last name could have been an add-on, as we know she was a Native Indian from Chiapas ) ...

Will be looking back here every few days to see what's up.....at 2 months to complete, there sure are some eager beavers already!

Thanks for the open invite!:thumbsup: :D

Regards,
WildGoose/Chris

eyepaint
07-10-2008, 09:00 PM
June and Chris - thank you

Chris - I decided the focus of this painting was to emulate Frida. I really like my leaves and the evil little monkey and the little insects. I wasn't going to stress myself over the portrait. The eyes and the chin are "off" but I wasn't going to white them out and do it again and again because then I wouldn't have fun. I can work on that on another project/painting.

Cheers,

trafford
07-12-2008, 06:14 AM
Eyepaint. A fun portrait. I actually like the eyes. and the color of her hair. You have done several different approaches to Frida and I've liked them all. Maybe a little partial to the watercolors.

Nickel
07-14-2008, 08:37 AM
EP The colors in this painting match your personality! How did you pick the colors for your painting palette? Are they your usual colors or did you pick them just for this painting? Also, I like seeing the stages.:thumbsup:

WildGoose, nice to have you onboard the Frida Kahlo program. I'd love to see all the paintings you are doing of interesting women from the 1930's and 40's. It sounds like fun! Are you keeping them all the same size? Same medium? Just curious. :wave:

:) Nickel

tyree
07-14-2008, 08:39 PM
ep....fabulous piece...!!!! love the stages....tyree:D

tyree
07-14-2008, 08:43 PM
:wave: this is what i have so far of frida ...im not finished, i think:confused: ,,,i cant decide whether to do the bg in colour, or stick with black n white...tyree

Nickel
07-14-2008, 10:17 PM
Susan, I love the whole piece just like it is! Both Frida & the monkey have such great expressions. What color would you add to the background? Very intense emotions. I like it very much right now. :) Nickel

eyepaint
07-15-2008, 04:11 PM
trafford - thank you
Nickel - thank you :) Glad you enjoyed seeing the stages. I tried to use something similar to the Frida original. But those colours just happened. For the leaves I challenged myself to make different greens. In the photo ref the figure wore a blue shirt.
Susan - thank you. Your drawing is so sweet!

WildGoose
07-16-2008, 01:47 AM
tyree-
You have such dramatic shading that I think you could successfully go either way, IMHO!
The shape of her face- hardest part of a potrait for me - is bang-on!

Nickel-

Whoa!:lol:
Just decided to do this potraits idea in my last month of a year long class of Painting/Drawing...as we'd finished up 6 weeks of potrait/Figure studies...
and Frida is the first!
At the rate I do face studies, think if I do 4 or so a year, that'll be great, for me!

But, having spoken about it on this Forum sure gives me fresh incentive to finish....Frida will be finished before September!

Other artists I'm mulling over are:
Judith Leyster, Kathe Kollwicz, Louise Nevelson, Emily Carr and Georgia O"Keefe....that makes 6 .....
Eventually I'd like 9, have a vision of them all being next to each other in a box frame ...they will be 8x10 finished in acrylic or mixed media ..so eventual finished size will be about 26x32

Time will tell!;)
Thanks for your interest!

Chris/WildGoose

trafford
07-19-2008, 01:15 PM
Liked the black and white Frida very much, Tyree. Well, here is my Frida in acrylics from a photo outside the blue house. She paled a little during scanning.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jul-2008/42757-frida.JPG

Nickel
07-25-2008, 12:27 AM
Janet, this painting is just really cool!
I'm in love with the blue on Frida's studio.
I keep thinking about it and so want to paint a studio blue.
To satisfy my urge, I most likely will just paint my wooden yard swing blue. ;)
The way you have painted this painting makes her seem very real to me.
To me, I can almost smell the dirt, feel the heat from the hot sun and hear that there is no wind stirring. I like your painting very much. :thumbsup:

EP thanks for the telling me about your colors. :)

WildGoose/Chris That's going to be a great wall of paintings. ;)
Nice to know you found some fresh incentive for your Frida!

Nickel

artbyjune
07-25-2008, 01:30 AM
Trafford, I love this painting too!!

trafford
07-25-2008, 08:14 AM
Thank you Nickel and June. I love the Blue House and am willing to move in at any time......a caretaker, maybe?

artbyjune
07-29-2008, 07:34 AM
I watched the film Frida last night on TV. I didn't know she knew Trotsky so intimately!! Anyway, I was inspired to attempt a portrait of Frida this morning. I have finished the first stage...blocking in the colours with a palette knife (oils). I need to wait for it to dry...overnight as I use alkyds...before refining it a bit with brushes.

Do you want to see a WIP?

Nickel
07-29-2008, 08:41 AM
Hi June, did you see the interview with Selma Hayek?
She give an insite to Frida I find interesting, it's about Selma too but
check out a few minutes. I have to agree that Frida does inspire :)
http://www.charlierose.com/shows/2002/10/30/2/an-interview-with-salma-hayek

Nickel
07-29-2008, 10:57 PM
Do you want to see a WIP?


Yes please do a wip! :cool: :)

azulparsnip
07-30-2008, 01:45 AM
EP - Love that Frieda and friends and the play by play is a nice treat

Tyree - you have captured Frida's look. A color version may be more exciting but the black and white allows me to look and study the expression and all more contemplatively

Trafford - your Frida is a queen in court esconsced beneath a pillowy petticoat parrisol, she has a feline quality about her

artbyjune
07-30-2008, 02:44 AM
Hi guys. I started a portrait of Frida. I did a grisaille underpainting first and whilst it was still wet, I slapped on the first layer of colour with a painting knife. The knife slipped about a bit because the paint underneath was wet so I think I'd wait til my grisaille was dry on my next effort, or I'd use the wiping out of colour technique, rather than the grey mixes for my grisaille. I am exploring different ways with oils at the moment.;)

I will post the grisaille and the knife painting now. At this stage, the painting is still wet so it may be a few days before I get back to it...to define parts of it...like the eyes. But here is where I got to with my first attempt. ..its very rough in texture with grisaille showing though.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jul-2008/106623-Fridagrisaille5k.JPG


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jul-2008/106623-Fridaknife5k.jpg

'Frida with red shawl and tamarin monkey'

artbyjune
07-30-2008, 02:46 AM
Hi nickel, I watched the interview with Salma...very interesting.

Nickel
07-30-2008, 06:22 AM
June I love the knife work and the color is the great.
You have an exciting painting on your easel! :)
Thanks for sharing the wip, it's always a great experience to see them.
I am glad you enjoyed the interview clip.

Hi Azul!

artbyjune
07-30-2008, 06:26 AM
Cheers Nickel.

WildGoose
07-30-2008, 03:24 PM
Trafford-
Very sedate,self-composed picture of Frida..
....she looks like she's one with the worldand that world is her oyster! Was it taken near the end of her career?

June-
Went to your web-site and enjoyed the picture of yourself with those two absolutely beautiful little beings-those lively,curling monkeys...thought that was your Frida-inspired WIP- finished by the time I got there!

But now I see your work here; since you've posted your progression, I'll post how along I"ve gotten, as well...
Love your brush-work, and RED is definitely a colour to associate with this woman!

My WIP.....based on an slightly "elongated"-by-me ( was I thinking...hmnn...Hispania.... suggestive historical reference...El Greco )?:lol: "working" photo of her stopping to look momentarily at the photographer circa 1948
...She actually has an almost completed potrait on the easle...but I wanted to fill that with more colour...think to surround her black-clad figure ( not sombre, I think, but reflective ) with colour...

Of course, there's that famous Mi CASA blue:D -against red-orange wall colour!

Here'sFrida Painting

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jul-2008/120243-Frida_unfinished_WC_GIF.gif

I draw a full potrait in first with graphite, including features and shading...then paint over in acrylic;
I like the blending of the two mediums into each other......still have another glaze or two to do on the skin tones to tone 'em down a notch...also ask my daughter to hold a brush-in- hand pose for me!

Cheers to all,
Chris/WildGoose

artbyjune
07-30-2008, 04:33 PM
Hi Chris. Good idea to show Frida at the easel painting! I love the way she is looking at us. Blue and orange are colours to associate with her.

artbyjune
07-31-2008, 04:46 AM
Chris, thanks for your commens on the painting in my website. I forgot about that one. It was inspired by the Kahlo paintings. A self portait with tamarins in watercolour. I hope to go on and do a self portrait in oils after the Frida oil painting is fini.

Here's the watercolour of me and the monkeys.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jul-2008/106623-2tamarins5kb.jpg

trafford
07-31-2008, 07:49 AM
Hurrah for Frida. :clap: Wonderful challenge Nickel.

WildGoose, your Frida is where she should be, in front of her easel and June you make a beautiful Nordic Frida.

Somewhere around here I have her diary. Will look for it again today. Paintings, sketches and words all jumbled together...wanted to make one just like it for myself.

Can hardly wait for next month's challenges.

WildGoose, found the picture I used on line but comparing it with other photes it does seem to be taken in her final years.

artbyjune
08-01-2008, 08:27 AM
trafford, do you own a published copy of her diary? How marvellous. Who is the publisher? I would love to see that myself.

I finished my knife-painting of Frida. I'll post it here. It was an experiment, doing it with the knife, and its a bit too bumpy/textured looking I think. Still it is an attempt. Could be better. I think I need more practise with various oil painting methods. Maybe I'll do another of Frida, or maybe I'll attempt a self portrait with animals. I love Frida's work because of the inclusion of animals.

Here is my Frida with red shawl and tamarin monkey. ;)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2008/106623-Fridafinal5k.JPG

trafford
08-01-2008, 03:26 PM
June, here is the front of the diary and a very poorly scanned diary page. The publisher is Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 100 Fifth Avenue, NYC. Seems like he does a lot of art books.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2008/42757-frida_diary.JPG

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Aug-2008/42757-frida_diary_pg.JPG

There is an English translation for all pages in the front...but I sort of like not knowing. Love all your Fridas-Janet

trafford
08-01-2008, 03:30 PM
OOPs! A butt too late didn't catch the breasts til after I posted.

artbyjune
08-01-2008, 10:31 PM
Thanks, Trafford. I like the pink and brown of the page you scanned in with the little girl at the window. I will see if I can get the diary on amazon.

Nickel
08-04-2008, 05:27 PM
Excellent painting Chris. In your painting I am able to sense the reflective mode.
The skin tones looks good to me.

Hi June, this is just the perfect painting of yourself with little tamarins monkeys.

Watercolor has a soft innocents that you can't get with bolder oils, but I want to see this self portrait of yourself in oils too!

In the knife painting. Wow, it comes across really well and to me. Frieda I think would like it with the strong texture. I like it very much. Striking!

You should do more knife paintings. It has been awhile since I’ve used a knife but I remember to blend edges, pat or pull the knife flat to the paint surface, smooth lightly, the paint like it is soft butter, then wipe the knife dry between each pat, repeat until satisfied.


Hi Janet! What a diary! Thank you so much for taking the time to show us! Did you like reading it? It looks interesting.

Next month, either the program will be John Singer Sergeant- watercolours or
Henri Rousseau's jungle pictures. Programs run two months. :)

Please add to the list your favorite artist. We can learn together. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=500920

artbyjune
08-05-2008, 03:59 AM
Hi Nickel. I need to practice with the knife. I may do another Frida later. And my self...and and and......wow, too many projects!! I rather like doing people though.

I ordered Frida's diary from Amazon, as well as a small moleskin sketchbook (concertina version) and they will come at the end of the month...so looking forward to that.

Nickel
08-05-2008, 07:49 AM
Ah, June, I heard moleskines become addictions. :)
You and Janet will be able to share diary notes. :)

Want to know something funny, I just bought a Black n' Red notebook.
It was my first, but I haven't examined what is different about the paper from the 20 college ruled notebooks I bought for a nickel a piece at Walmart. Back-to-school sales rock. :)

You are the busy one with all your projects. I so admire all your art work.
Do you carry a compact or sketchers water colours set when you are out?

Nickel
08-16-2008, 11:40 AM
This is after Frida's self-portrait of 1930

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Aug-2008/39040-wckkahlo.gif

Those eyebrows are harder than you think to paint :)

my image source was abcgallery

artbyjune
08-17-2008, 01:01 PM
I love it. The blue dress is beautiful. Striking image.

Nickel
08-17-2008, 03:54 PM
Thank you June, I am taken with the blue myself. ;)
I didn't quiet make her exactly as her painting. I tried.

Here is something else unexpected to show you all, I've painted blue,
plus my updated little table I added blue accents.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Aug-2008/39040-blue_stool.gif

this was just a cutout of wrapping paper, so far, so good.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Aug-2008/39040-blue_swing.gif

and the newly painted blue swing. :D

trafford
08-17-2008, 04:23 PM
Nickel, you have really been busy doing miniatures, painting along , Frida and now blue, blue, blue. Your Frida looks very proud and beautiful and the blue is wonderful. I think everyone got a lot out of this Art Heritage.

artbyjune
08-17-2008, 04:32 PM
I do love that blue swing and little table.

I am still waiting for my Frida diary to come. Anyday hopefully.

Nickel
08-18-2008, 01:49 PM
Hi Janet, it's been nice to get to know you in our little projects. :wave: I've been painting more things blue this morning. :evil: I'm hoping I am not going into a Picasso 'blue' period. :eek: Who knows? :lol:

I do suffer from the dark days of winter. :(

June, how do you like your new Moleskine?
I lol, don't write too much in a diary. :eek: :wave:

WildGoose
08-19-2008, 08:03 PM
Nickel-

Quite the regal look about her, here...your work clearly potrays that!

I agree THAT:cool: BLUE is really a pretty one, but don't get TOO carried away with TOO much of a good thing!:D

( Or IS there such a thing....I've always wondered )!:confused: :eek:

Nickel
08-20-2008, 05:39 AM
Thanks Chris, lol, too much of a good thing? :eek:
Let's try to see if that's true. ;) :wave:

artbyjune
08-21-2008, 01:36 PM
:clap: My facsimile of Frida Kahlo's diary came this morning. It looks inviting and I can't wait to plunge in and read some.

Haven't tried out the moleskin yet. Its just a teeny one with pages that fold out in one long concertina. No idea what to put in it at the moment.:heart: