Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Many Layers of Frida - Part 2

I had a bit of time to continue working on this painting tonight. I'm loving how she's still Frida, but a new version. Part of this project is working through some feelings. My own, not Frida's, though she's a part of it as well. I don't know this for sure, but I think of Frida as being someone who was alone a lot (I should research this). She certainly explored her feelings and conveyed them through her art and she also explored her physical being and laid that down on canvas as well. As I was working on her face and thinking of this piece I thought of my own feelings, too. My introvertedness that dictates so much of my life, my passion for alone time to recharge, and my challenges when faced with things and events out of my comfort zone. Painting is my solace as I imagine it was hers. I think this is my favorite quote of hers.

“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 bizarre and flawed 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 and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you.”


I started with her face and hair. I sketched out
how I wanted her face to be (different than the
original photograph). I wanted her eyes perhaps
a bit brighter and her smile a bit upturned. I
absolutely wanted to keep her intensity.

I added splashes of color to the background and
began defining what will be her dress or
whatever she will be wearing.

I added some writing. A quote of Frida's and
some of my own thoughts.

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1 comment:

  1. Beautiful quote - many sensitive souls out there. Love where you're going with the painting, Kali!