August 05, 2010

St. Frida the Divine

"St. Frida the Divine with Poppies"

Frida is such a powerful figure to me on so many levels, I've longed to paint her but hesitated. I've decided there is no doing her justice I'll just try to pay tribute. 

The original is mixed media, the poppies I made by hand and collaged on. I was inspired by the Veteran's Day blooms that my Grandmother wore when I was a little girl. Forevermore poppies represented loss and strength of a feminine nature to me.

I'll be back to teaching next week so I'm very happy to have this piece I've been working on ready to share with you.  Sometimes I feel like I'm swallowed up at the beginning of the school year!  This year I have a new art room which is large and shiny but I'm still in a state of overwhelm of arranging and organizing it. 

All in all though the fall is my favorite part of the school year. The anticipation and eager faces of all those young people starting that adventure of Junior High, nothing like it really! 

 If you have young people in your life (or adore picture books like I do!) please take a look at this book I just got for my classroom,  It is poignant, dreamy and powerful. A beautiful introduction to Frida for even the youngest child. 

"Frida" by Jonah Winter illustrated by Ana Juan


12 comments:

ArtSnark said...

wonderful take on Frida! Have you considered submitting to the Stampington magazine's Poppy art call?

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

*grins* She's in the post as we type!
as soon as I saw the poppy call I knew I had to try it!

thank you for the kind words!

NatashaMay said...

YOu did her justice. :) Great painting!

ElegantSnobbery said...

Cat!! She is absolutely GORGEOUS!!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

She's beautiful! You did an amazing job at capturing Friday's unique essence while balancing your own style of art. Oh I hope it does get published by Stampington. Fingers crossed for you! Theresa

FairiesNest said...

Wonderful! I think you captured her perfectly.

mermaiden said...

i just love the pale aqua blues in the background against the red. i think it is my favorite color combination.

PBsArtStudio said...

Just beautiful!:D Patti

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dellamarinis said...

Just beautiful – I always like to see new interpretations of Frida Kahlo. Hope you had (are having) a lovely summer!

risa said...

I'm a big fan of Frida too and I think you did a wonderful job painting her. Bravo!

Justina said...

Hi Cat!
What a beautiful portrait, Frida is one of my favorite artists!!!!
-Justina
http://labohememagique.blogspot.com