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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Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Tshirt

I love working in Photoshop or Illustrator to create designs to put on tshirts and home decor. Recently I created a Day of the Dead Sugar Skull tshirt design.

Since I am in Mexico, I think it is no surprise that I would be influenced by this Dia de los Muertos Mexican heritage festivity. I have made some other Day of the Dead designs and one of them I put on a recycled flower planter box made from a washing machine drum.

And one with the pink sugar skull.

Tshirt comes in 6 different colors with a hot pink sugar skull.

Or get a tank top with a sugar skull at:

Day of the Dead white sugar skull design on a blue pillow.

Find it on Amazon at

Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Pillow

If you would like to see more of my work on fun products, check out the bottom of this page.

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Whimsical, Colorful Celestial Artwork

This is a repost from April 2015.

I painted this colorful celestial artwork intuitively as I often do with my art.

Sometimes my paintings feel as if they develop all by themselves and I am just the channel for the creativity.

When I was through with it the title “Sending Love and Healing Light” instantly came to me as that was what I was feeling from it. It uplifted me and I felt the positive energy radiating from it. I love the celestial theme and colors.

I decided to dedicate it to my hubby, Greg, as he was feeling under the weather and could use some healing energy. So I told him I was “Sending Love and Healing Light” to him with this painting and he said that made him feel good. Yay!

“Sending Love and Healing Light”

Prints are available in my Etsy Shop.

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Whimsical Bike Painting

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Colors of yellow, oranges and red are featured in this new whimsical bike painting. It’s a red mountain bike with an adventurous raven riding along through a colorful woodland. I use vivid blue to contrast with the orange around the tires to represent movement and energy.

I think this is a fun addition to my bike and raven series. I’ve titled it “A Wild and Wondrous Ride.” It is 12″ x 12″ and painted on a wood panel with black painted 1.5″ sides.

I like to show whimsy in my paintings by adding the little white details like the petals on the tires. This is a play on words as you pedal a bike.

Additionally, you can see a part of the title in my piece toward the bottom where it says WILD. If you look in some of my other bike paintings you will also notice a hidden word from the title.

The flag banner represents peace as I use the colors of prayer flags. It also represents fun and I like to add it in some of my bike paintings.

Purchase this painting as a gallery wrap canvas print in my Etsy Shop. You can also find it there as a fine art paper print.

You can see some of my other bike and raven paintings in my Etsy Shop as well.

Also, I list different sizes available but if you need a custom size, just send me an email and I can give you an estimate for cost and make you a custom listing.

Hope you enjoy this new artwork!

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10 Ways to Attract Positive Energy into Your Life

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This is a repost from March of 2015 with a couple modifications.

I’ve listed 10 things that I try to do to attract positive energy into my life. I’ve put a positive affirmation to go with each one.

1. Accept myself and my situation as I am living right now, in this moment. Live here right now. Practice non-judgement and just let what is be.

I accept and appreciate my current situation.

2. Still my thoughts and meditate a little bit every day. Be silent and just be. I’ve been doing Reiki self healing on myself every day and that feels really good.

I feel fully connected to my experience of life.

3. I visualize myself in positive ways. You are your thoughts, so choose the good ones as they say.

Every cell in my body is healthy and radiates health.

4. Give myself or others a gift and be grateful. It can be a compliment, a smile, a hug, a little piece of dark chocolate or a flower but think of it as appreciation and love for myself and others. Feeling grateful for what I have lifts me up.

I am grateful for all the positive things in my life.

5. Take time out to daydream. I have a dream journal and visualize myself accomplishing my goals. You can write out some steps on how you can accomplish what you want out of life.

I am devoting time and energy toward my goals.

6. I set my intention to be happy and I don’t get wrapped up in drama. You deserve happiness and success and don’t let anyone tell you different.

I am a magnet for happiness and success in my life.

7. Have faith. I believe I am right here in the right moment, doing exactly as I am supposed to. I trust in the universe that if things are not going as planned that there is something better out there for me. It will show itself in time.

All that I need comes to me at the right time and place in my life.

8. Let go and detach. Accept others for who they are. I think it’s true if you hold on to anything too tightly, there is a blockage of energy that happens. So let go and relax. It will all be okay!

I accept everyone as they are and continue to pursue my dreams.

9. Seek out my own unique talents. For me, that’s doing my Art. Every person has something unique about them. If you live your life by asking yourself how you are best suited to serve others with your highest and best self, I believe things will start to unfold for you.

I acknowledge and honor my talents, and share these with others.

10. Laugh! I can feel the endorphins spread through my body after a good laugh. It’s healthy so find ways to laugh more. Watch a funny movie, read a funny book or watch funny videos. And hang out with people who make you laugh!

I’m smiling inside.

For more affirmations, check out my positive affirmation card decks in my Etsy Shop.

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Mermaid Painting “She Carried the Light”

When I got hacked I lost my entire blog so this is a repost (modified) from April 2015.

I will admit it. I’m a weanie when it comes to swimming in big waves at the ocean so I don’t go in very deep when I see waves crashing. I’ve never been a strong swimmer. You might say I dabble in swimming. I have snorkeled a couple times and enjoyed it but I don’t have a deep desire to do it again.

Since I’m not a mermaid, I decided at least I could paint one.

“She Carried the Light”, acrylic on paper, 9″ x 9″

So here she is carrying the light through the depths of the deep blue sea.

There are prints for sale in my Etsy Shop.

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Colorful Painted Hibiscus Mural

Inspired by the beautiful orange hibiscus flowers in our yard, I decided to repaint the mural located on the street in front of our place in Todos Santos. The mural is on what we call the old pila (water tank) that we turned into a planter a few years ago. It had a fish mural scene that I had painted but it had faded badly and looked dated. So it needed a fresh face.

orange hibiscus flower

First I made a sketch of a hibiscus flower design.

hibiscus mural sketch

Then I put it into Photoshop layered over a photo of the pila to play with the design. I tried out different colors. This is what it looked like for my inspiration.

photoshop sketch of mural
hibiscus mural freehand sketch

Next I freehand sketched it on to the pila and outlined it in dark brown. Then I started to put the colors on.

in in process painted hibiscus mural
in process painted hibiscus mural

I continued painting and filling in my sketch with colors of paint I had on hand. Once the final coats of acrylic paint were on, I outlined it in a dark brown.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the process of my hibiscus mural.

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