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Frida Kahlo’s Imaginary Friend

Several months ago, while on a walk, I rescued a book that was lying in the middle a street. It so happens that this book was “Inspirations: Stories of Women Artists,” which included Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Alice Neel, and Faith Ringgold. It was an introduction to the artists, and probably meant for middle school children, but I enjoyed it anyway.

One tidbit of information I picked up from it was that Frida Kahlo had an imaginary friend as a child. I’ve read quite a bit about her, and this is the first time that I had heard this. Frida has been a favorite artist of mine, and has served as inspiration from many of my art pieces. Not so much stylistically, but in what her art expressed. She wasn’t afraid to show her emotion through symbolism, even if it was drawn from painful events; like a mirror to the soul.

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I had been thinking  a lot about inner voice, like a persons second self, and expression of inner turmoil and emotion. This idea is reflected in my drawings such as “Solace” and is a continuing theme of many drawings I’ve been working on featuring interconnected people. I have the habit of often talking to myself, like an imaginary friend, this is how the idea came about. When I heard the Frida had an imaginary friend, this sparked an idea for tribute to the artist.

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“Frida Kahlo: My Imaginary Friend” is done in my own style. I used “2 Fridas” as reference to how the figures are placed.

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The Frida on the left is the rejected Frida with a broken heart in the modern dress Frida wore in the past. The Frida to the right has a whole heart and is in the traditional Mexican dress she became known for wearing; she is holding a small portrait of her husband Diego.

In my drawing I’ve replaced the “rejected Frida” with myself. I look to Frida, while she looks out.  Frida holds a small Mexican art figurine instead of Diego. The pattern around her face is a pattern found in some of her paintings on her dress. In my hand is a mirror with the reflection of a healthy heart. In a whole this is a reflection of our best selves as women and artists.

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”~ Frida Kahlo

Why is Art Important? (My Reblog from the DLC)

I wrote this post for the Discovery Learning Center last week and wanted to share it again here.

Enjoy…

Why is Art Important?

The question is not an easy task for some. Art easily takes a back seat to reading, math, science, and even sports in education these days. And it certainly isn’t on the latest test.

But ask yourself…

Can a lesson in composition resound with a future web designer, or a lesson on perspective later help with geometry? Or perhaps learning color theory will help a future physicist understand how light works? How about the visual and contemplative of any art piece that could inspire a poem, the next great work of literature, or any myriad of invention.

Art education is something that is as important in the classroom as it is in the real world. Art helps a person grow and to appreciate; to see the world from art’s own creative perspective. It helps one become a more rounded and cultured human being . Art isn’t just for the “artsy” either; any person can learn to appreciate art. Creating a piece of art can make a person find something in themselves they have not seen before, regardless if they have “talent” or not.

Art education creates thinkers, innovators, problem solvers, communicators, humanitarians. It nurtures the development of self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, and self-motivation. Art helps a person to understand the human experience and helps to shape our identity.

Even the great innovators of the past and of today know and understand the importance of art as a part of education.

“In my own philanthropy and business endeavors, I have seen the critical role that the arts play in stimulating creativity and in developing vital communities….the arts have a crucial impact on our economy and are an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our country.”
–Paul G. Allen, Co-Founder, Microsoft

“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.”
–Steve Jobs, in introducing the iPad 2 in 2011

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
–Albert Einstein

The Discovery Learning Center runs many art and creative based classes from fine art to tie dye. Join us for the next Art and Great Artists Friday August 24th at 10 a.m. Or check the calendar for the latest workshop.

The Awakening and The Journey

While I was on my bi-weekly Public library visit I stumbled upon a quite torn and tattered art book called No More Secondhand Art: Awakening the Artist Within by Peter London. Judging by the condition I knew this book had to be much loved. It seemed to be the type of book that someone would read over and over. Even though it was written in 1989, I don’t think it’s out of date. In fact it seems even more relevant in our media infused world lost in a constant bombardment of input.

I know like most artist I struggle with doubt and worry too much about what others might like, or how others might feel about my art. All this does is stifle creativity. Awakening the Artist Within is what it says. It’s about letting go and finding your artistic voice again, the beauty of your own vision, and value of dreams.  A kind of a artistic philosophy,  laid out in a deep meditative process to understand self, and to make ones art a journey.

The second half of the book focuses on exercises, or encounters, designed to give the artist a unique creative experience.

I admit that I haven’t finished the second half of the book, but already I have gotten so much out of it. Little things Peter said just really hit home, and helped me to see that I need to just trust in myself and be a bit more fearless.