Recently, I purchased a copy of The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self Portrait…Alas Rojas. Reading her diary, seems like eavesdropping on a very personal conversation in an otherwise quiet cafe.
Her drawings, her actual handwriting, her thoughts, sorrows, loves and fears, revealed to strangers, you and me.
As an artist, I am one of many who love to draw and/or paint Frida. Her facial features are so distinct, her continuous eyebrows, her dreamy & fierce eyes–a congruity of beauty. She was/is a figure of renown. Her style of dress proclaimed loudly “I have arrived.”
Why do I “love” her? I guess it is because she rose above what could have been a defining obstacle. Her chronic and intense pain became a platform for her art. However, she did not personify “victim.” In my estimation, she met her life head on with curiosity, courage and style!
Frida is someone who rose above adversity and created a life for herself. And, admirably created art to be shared with others.
Do you know of Frida Kahlo?
Google her, read about her
and view her art for inspiration.
A colored pencil drawing.
Not nearly a perfected Frida
…but she’s a great face to practice with.
I’d love to see your Frida drawing/painting!