Thursday, 28 August 2014

Frida

I have been procrastinating whether to take part in the Frida Kahlo challenge at Art Journal Journeys hosted by Susi.

I have to admit (and I can hear all the boos from every corner of the world!) that I was not really into her art.   I went to her exhibition in Wellington when I was an art student and we had to write an essay about her.  Maybe that dampened my thoughts on her work.  I found her life story fascinating, but…….
So a couple of days ago I googled her, and I am afraid I feel the same, but I do so admire her as a person.  She epitomizes her era and the difficulties of a woman trying to follow her star
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I was going to do a whimsical picture of her, but in the end felt she deserved a decent picture showing her immense strength throughout her tragic life.


I only used a part of the quote in the picture as it is rather long, but of all her quotes this is the one that resonates with me!

 “I used to think I was the strangest person in the world, but then I thought, there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels flawed and bizarre in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this, know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” 
― Frida Kahlo


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18 comments:

  1. I am so glad you joined in the challenge, and shared your journal page of Frida - great! And all the better, as she is not quite on your wave length! Thanks for Joining us at AJJ! Hugs, Valerie

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  2. Stunning Frida Sharon! I'm glad you made her so beautiful! So many people don't! Great quote too..!

    Hugs Giggles

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  3. Ah..I was wondering why I've been seeing paintings of Frida everywhere for the past couple weeks. I can't say that I'm familiar with her artwork, only her story. There's soooo much artwork created about her that I get confused. Yours is beautiful. :)

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  4. Well done - I can see Frida!

    my blog is here:
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    ps. would be great to have name/URL option leaving a comment...

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  5. I love that part of the quote, perfect choice! She looks great and strong! I'm with you on her art, it doesn't really speak to me either. She does seem to have a great outlook on life though (as far as I know anyway ...)

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  6. Hi Sharon this is a wonderful tribute to Frida. I love the strength of this piece. Well done.
    Nicole/Beadright

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  7. Absolutely wonderful! :) Happy PPF!

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  8. I think your Frida is strong and beautiful. I am not a fan of Frida. I admire her as a strong person, but there is something about her countenance that disturbs me to look at. Maybe the eyebrows since I had to fight bushy eyebrows as a young woman. Silly, I know. Thanks for your post. I enjoyed the visit.

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  9. Your Frida is beautiful...and that partial quote is perfect.

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  10. This is beautiful and the quote is just perfect to go with it :)
    Deepa
    http://deepazworld.blogspot.in/

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  11. This is a beautiful piece, it attracts and has great character!

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  12. Love this Sharon - I love the almost abstract shape you gave to her face - that piece of the quote fits well. I have felt a lot like that all my life - but it wasn't until recently I stopped focusing on my strange parts and let God use me for his good. Was too wrapped up in myself

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  13. What a wonderful painting and fabulous quote! I never knew how strange I truly was until I went on my first plein air painting trip where there were 80 other artists. By the end of the first day, I stared in amazement and thought, "THESE are my people! They are exactly like me!"

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  14. I admire your going forward with the portrait and the beautiful poem (which also speaks to me). You made a wonderful portrait. Blessings, Janet PPF

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