This didn’t start as a painting of Frida Kahlo. I started by making a collage background using mostly ephemera collected on our trip to Italy, such as maps, postage stamps and pages from a little book.
Then I painted an angel that, in my mind, was Italian. I was thinking of my friend (and sister-out-law, now that she’s not my sister-in-law), Victoria, and the Italian woman in her past. Side note here: Victoria loves Frida Kahlo.
This is the original version:
I struggled with her face and ended up collaging an oval piece of paper over the first several tries and taking another go at it – you can see the edge of the paper. But I was happy with the final painting….or as happy as I usually am. I get a little tired of them when I’m working on them. I spend some time on them and sometimes need a little break when I’m done.
The yellow bird and big pink flower both ended up staying on her head – I was trying to decide which one and I decided to go with both. Permission granted.
When I put the painting up on a shelf in my office, several people commented that it looked like “that artist,” or “Oh, it’s Frida!” I disagreed, but thanked them. I mean, they both had dark hair in a bun with a big flower (or a few) in it. But after the third person said it looked like Frida, I decided to give my Italian angel a makeover.
I think she went from sweet to strong.
It took some work to make the changes I thought she needed, but it was worth it and now I love the painting, and so does Victoria.
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