Frida Kahlo art

Frida Kahlo Portrait Art

We have been wanting to get back into traveling since Covid slowed us down. Now we are finally doing it! We are headed to Mexico City this week and also to Oaxaca. I am so excited! Both are such creative, artistic cities! We’ve done a bunch of research and gotten lots of recommendations. We’ve looked at different museums to visit and I want to visit the Frida Kahlo Museum as I love her self portraits! They each seem to tell a story. I love paintings that tell a story.

Frida Kahlo

So if you don’t know, Frida Kahlo was a prominent Mexican artist known for her vibrant and emotional paintings, often depicting her own life experiences and struggles. Her art was influenced by her physical and emotional pain, stemming from a childhood polio infection and a near-fatal bus accident in her teens. Her work is characterized by its surreal and symbolic elements, reflecting her tumultuous personal life, indigenous Mexican culture, and political activism. She is such an icon for independent women and her personality quite a force I understand. You have to admire that with all she went through.

I once saw her work when I was in Santa Fe, New Mexico and I would love to see more of it.

Painting Frida

In honor of our trip to Mexico City, I have been doing some painting of Frida portrait art.

So I’ve always wanted to do a Frida portrait. But for some reason I never have. Until now.

It all started by chance. I had three small paintings I was working on. Acrylic on paper. Sort of Mexican desert scenes. After awhile of working on them, I started to get frustrated. I didn’t like them at all. They seemed too contrived. So I started covering them over in paint and a portrait started to emerge in one of them and then I thought of Frida. And there you have it. She came to life in my painting.

I continued painting on the other two, covering over the desert scenes with faces. And they too turned into Frida Kahlo faces. But I didn’t think they really look like her — just her character — so I started calling them my Frida Sister paintings. So they are her but they are not her. More like the essence of her.

I might do a touch more work on them but mostly they are done. I am curious. Which one is your favorite? And have you been to Mexico City and what is your favorite museum there?

I will leave you with this poem. I wanted a poem that talked about Frida Sisters. Something that could relate to my painting’s theme.

Frida Sisters Poem

by Anonymous

Frida’s sisters, fierce and fond,

In vibrant strokes, they paint their bond.

Through trials, tears, their spirits soar,

In Frida’s art, their souls explore.

In pain, passion, they persist,

With bold colors, truths insist.

With brush in hand, they dance and sing,

Echoes of hues, their voices bring.

Sisters, bound by art’s embrace,

In grace, they find their rightful place.

Through Frida’s eyes, they seek to see,

Strength within, the will to be.

In canvas, solace they find,

Bound in promise, their souls entwined.

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colorful boho art decorating

Decorating with Boho Art

It seems so obvious now because I love Boho art decorating but I didn’t realize until recently that is where my colorful art fits in.

Boho art decorating involves incorporating vibrant and eclectic artwork, often characterized by colorful prints, into a space to create a relaxed and bohemian atmosphere. That is me! I love boho decor! And my artwork fits right into that style.

In boho decor, colorful art prints can serve as focal points, adding personality and energy to the room. These prints often feature bold geometric designs, nature-inspired imagery, abstract patterns, or cultural motifs. They may be displayed in mismatched frames or hung directly on the wall to create a dynamic and layered look

Boho art decorating encourages creativity and individuality, allowing for a mix-and-match approach where different styles and themes can coexist harmoniously.

The use of colorful art prints and pillows as well as linens adds warmth, depth, and visual interest to the space, contributing to the laid-back and free-spirited vibe characteristic of boho decor.

Here are some tips to help you incorporate boho art prints into your decor:

  1. Choose a Focal Point:
    Select a prominent wall or area in your space where you want to display your boho art prints. This could be above a sofa, bed, or fireplace mantel.
  2. Mix and Match Prints: Embrace the eclectic nature of boho style by mixing and matching different prints and art styles. You can combine prints with various motifs such as florals, geometric patterns, animals, or abstract designs.
  3. Frame Selection: Consider the style and color of frames for your prints. Boho decor often features natural and textured materials like wood, rattan, or distressed metal. You can also opt for mismatched frames for a more eclectic look.
  4. Create a Gallery Wall: Arrange your boho art prints in a gallery wall display for a dynamic and visually appealing focal point. Mix different sizes and orientations of prints to add visual interest.
  5. Layering and Texture: Incorporate texture into your display by layering different elements such as textiles, macramé hangings, or woven baskets with your boho art prints. This adds depth and dimension to your decor.
  6. Consider Color Palette: Boho decor often features a rich and earthy color palette with warm tones like terracotta, mustard, teal, and ochre. Choose prints that complement your existing color scheme or add pops of color to brighten up the space.
  7. Accessorize with Plants: Bring in some greenery with potted plants or hanging planters to enhance the natural and organic feel of your boho decor. Plants also add freshness and life to your space.
  8. Personalize Your Space: Incorporate personal touches such as photos, souvenirs, or handmade artwork alongside your boho art prints to infuse your space with character and personality.
  9. Balance and Symmetry: Maintain balance and symmetry in your display by evenly distributing the artwork and ensuring that the arrangement feels cohesive and harmonious.
  10. Experiment and Have Fun: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different arrangements and combinations until you find a layout that feels right for your space. Have fun expressing your creativity and personality through your boho art prints!

When you’re ready to purchase some artwork for your boho art wall, my Etsy Shop will be ready for you! 🙂

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