Recently, I came upon two different emails in my inbox, both suggesting, in their own way, creating something in honor of “our artistic lineage’.
Well, of all the artists that I may claim for awakening and enlivening this spark within me, I chose one of my favorite artists: Frida Kahlo (of course).
This is a paint over collage. It is outside of my usual comfort zone only because I normally never never put any focal image over the middle of a two-page spread. Sometimes hair may sweep across both pages, but never has the middle of a face been caught this way before (that I recall). Normally, if I am doing a paint over collage this large, I do it on a separate loose page.
That said…I never know, when I do a paint over of Frida, where it will go. My intention was to work in a more realistic manner, per Frida’s own shading and whatnot. I had planned to create vines and large leaves and a vegetative background. Then, I got into it. Frida wanted collage elements. Those elements, once applied, wanting stamping and other randomness.
I am always amazed by what comes up when I do this with Frida. I am honored.
I set a plate at my table for you, and for all my relations.
I raise my glass in toast.
Blessings to us all.