Sometime this month, I will be making a trek downtown to see Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting at the High Museum here in Atlanta. I am a huge Friday Kahlo fan, so I am really excited to go. I am waiting for the crowd to go down a little before I visit, but I don't think I can hold out much longer. I received this beautiful postcard from the High a few weeks ago.
She has been staring at me here in my studio.
Today I wanted to do some graphic design practice and add a new page to my art journal. So... I decided to "Kahlo" myself using Corel Painter and my Bamboo tablet.
I started by taking a serious self portrait. As you can see from this... I was nothin' but glamma this morning.
I downloaded this gorgeous photo of myself into Corel Painter and started playing around.
Here I am, Kahlo style.
I love that Kahlo painted her self-portraits to look as she did, hair and all. There is something empowering about that. She was obviously very beautiful, but in today's air-brushed world, well... some plucking and waxing would be taking place. I also love the fact that she is so honest about her love for Diego - she even paints him on her self-portrait's forehead. (I wasn't good enough with Corel to paint a small image of Chris on my forehead.)
I decided this image would be a fun starting page for my new art journal. In keeping with my Frida theme, I painted vibrant green vines in the front pages.
I had so much fun with this little project. The experience opened up questions in my mind. I wondered... could I do an authentic self-portrait? The experience also made me feel empowered somehow. Kind of like... this is me world, wrinkles and gray hair and all. Maybe Frida's boldness rubbed off on me.
How about you? Have you ever created a self-portrait? What did you learn from your experience?