01 August, 2014

08/2014 ***FRIDA KAHLO***

Hello everyone, we have had some more NEW faces last month (which we LOVE) and have really enjoyed looking at your pages & talent. So many FLOWER-POWER-ART --- awesome!
A big Thank you to all the passengers of Art Journal Journey Monthly Challenges !
Take a gander at all the enchanting creations from July HERE !

Now for this month  lovely Valerie from Bastelmania is our wonderful DT hostess and she even picked the theme -  and wants us to play along with the popular icon among artists

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ FRIDA KAHLO ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

She made  this wonderful and inspiring example for us! 
And Valerie wrote this little introduction:

Frida Kahlo de Rivera, was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón on July 6, 1907 and died on 
July 13, 1954. She was a painter who is best known for her very moving self-portraits, which graphically depict her pain, suffering and joy.Kahlo's life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House.Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national tradition and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.Mexican and Amerindian cultural tradition are important in her work, which has been sometimes characterized as naive or folk art. Her work has also been described as surrealist, although Frida said of herself, 'I do not paint dreams or nightmares, 
I paint my own reality'.

She had a volatile marriage with the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera. She suffered lifelong health problems, many caused by a traffic accident she survived as a teenager. Recovering from her injuries isolated her from other people, and this isolation influenced her works, many of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. She suggested, "I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best." She also stated, "I was born a bitch. I was born a painter."
She contracted polio at age six, which left her right leg thinner than the left; she disguised this later in life by wearing long, colorful skirts.

On September 17, 1925, she was riding in a bus that collided with a trolley car. She suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident, including a broken spinal column, a broken collarbone, broken ribs, a broken pelvis, eleven fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, and a dislocated shoulder. Also, an iron handrail pierced her abdomen and her womb.
The accident left her in a great deal of pain, and she spent three months recovering in a full body cast. Although she recovered from her injuries and eventually regained her ability to walk, she had relapses of extreme pain for the remainder of her life. The pain was intense and often left her confined to a hospital or bedridden for months at a time. She had as many as 35 operations as a result of the accident, mainly on her back, her right leg, and her right foot. The medical complications and permanent damage also prevented her from having a child; though she conceived three times, all of her pregnancies had to be terminated. 
Her injuries and the pain of not being able to have a child is shown in many of her wonderful paintings. 

For my piece today I have superimposed her painting of 'The broken column' over a postcard of Mexican 'Dia de Los muertos' folk-art. I then added colours with oil-pastels and gel-pens. I used a white highlighter to doodle flowers and the outline, and added one of her quotes. I chose this painting to start with as it epitomises for me how she saw herself, and how her suffering shaped her art, against a background of the Mexico she loved. One of my fave and much read books is her 'Painted Diary',  which I would warmly recommend to all who have not read it.

 hugs from Valerie 

We have put together some ♥♥♥FRIDA♥♥♥INSPIRATION for you  -  look HERE to get your creative juices flowing.
Have fun and we really hope to see so many enthusiastic artists with their Art Journal entries here as in July! Please have consideration and notice that greeting cards or ATCS, tags  and such rather smaller artwork will not be  accepted for our event and we have to delite the links - only larger artwork in an Art Journal or on Canvas or loose pages -
larger than DIN A 6 (105x145mm=4,1 x 5,8 inches) will be accepted.

Hallo Art Journaler ! Wir freuten uns über ganz viele geniale Beiträge zur FLOWER POWER Challenge - schau Dir die Galerie an ! Ein ganz herzliches Dankeschön an alle Teilnehmer!
Diesmal hat die liebe VALERIE von BASTELMANIA das Thema ausgesucht und eine tolle Beispielseite , siehe oben , gearbeitet - sie hat auch eine kleine Einführung verfasst -lies doch hier bei Wikipedia alles nach, wenn Du mehr über  Frida's Leben und Kunst erfahren möchtest:
Valerie  hat Frida's Gemälde " Die gebrochene Säule, 1944"  über ein mexikanisches Volkskunst  Motiv gelegt und mit Öl-Pastell-und Gel-Stiften koloriert. Mit weißem Marker hat sie die Blumen gedoodelt und Umrisse nachgezogen und  ein Frida Zitat dazugesetzt. Sie entschied sich für dieses Gemälde weil es jenes ist, das für Valerie verkörpertwie Frida sich selbst sah, und vereinte es mit Mexikanischer Volkskunst - damit wollte Valerie Frida in  Kontext zu ihrer Heimat Mexiko bringen - Mexiko, das sie so sehr liebte. Eines von Valerie's  Lieblingsbüchern, das sie immer wieder zur Hand nimmt,  ist Frida's  "Painted Diary", (Gemaltes Tagebuch), das Valerie allen, die es (noch) nicht gelesen haben aus ganzem Herzen empfehlen möchte.
Wir haben auch eine kleine INSPIRATIONSGALERIE für Dich zusammengetragen um Dich  zu inspirieren, denn es wär toll Dich wieder bei der Challenge mit dabei zu haben!
Die Galerie für August wartet auf Eure Beiträge um zu wachsen und zu gedeihen mit FRIDA! Viel Spaß!

Below you find  our new August - Gallery - Button for this month's event - so that you simply can just click here in the course of August to see all entries at one glance.



  1. Great challenge, thanks for the inspiration!

  2. What a coincidence! Just a couple of days ago I watched my tv-recording from the fantastic film 'Frida Kahlo' which tells about her amazing life. The film (2002)was directed by Julie Taymes and Mexican Salma Hayek played Frida's role. The film was awardes 2 Oscar Prizes. It was presented on our tv in 2008 and I recorded it already this early.

  3. What a fabulous inspiration piece Valerie along with the written background on Frida!
    She is definitely an artist that stirs passions and goes deep.
    Thank you AJJ for another super challenge theme!
    Happy August...

  4. I have looked at all of the July pictures on Pinterest and they are amazing. Frida is one of greatest inspirations and I was lucky enough to see an exhibit of her work last summer. I could have stayed there forever drooling over her amazing art. I've been thinking of joining this challenge and now I just have to ♥

  5. Was für ein schönes und inspirierendes Thema! Absolut fantastisch das Beispielbild von Valerie! Vielen Dank für eine neue AJJ!!

  6. Thanks to Valerie for this introduction to Frida' s life. I think this one is certainly going to be challenge for me.

  7. A wonderful challenge and thank you Valerie for the interesting post and wonderful sample to inspire.

    Love Chrissie x

  8. My first time joining.
    I recently received a Frida inspired stamp to play with so I had some fun in my art journal.

  9. Awesome piece Valerie. A great challenge which sent me on, a learn more journey.

  10. Great piece, Valerie. Frida is one of my favorite female artists of all times, so it'll be fun trying different pages with her in mind. Blessings!

  11. I am so excited to do this challenge ! Love Frida!!!

  12. LOVE the art, the story , and this challenge!!

  13. Love the painting. Thank you!



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