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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Frida Kahlo - Art Journal Journey

Hi, after my Mother's death I haven't really felt like doing much and to tell you the truth have felt rather anti-social which isn't like me.  Drawing strength from my family has been helpful with the healing, especially from my youngest daughter Wendy who has been an absolute rock.  We laughed and cried together.  In the midst of all this I had my hair chopped off, which was strangely liberating to have very short hair (for the first time ever).  Good news is,  have now been signed off by both my consultants and my summer cold has almost gone........so onwards and upwards.....

Art Journal Journey subject this month is Frida Kahlo chosen by Valerie-Jael whom many of you know.

Worked in Oil Pastels and coloured pencils

Worded in Oil Pastels and highlighted with Pic Monkey
Two very different interpretations of Frida Kahlo, reflecting the good and hard times this artist suffered.

Will show these pages at Paint Party Friday also.

I hope you like these interpretations and thank you so much for sticking by me.  Will be popping by your blogs very soon.  Take care of yourselves, hugs Annette xx

69 comments:

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

These are both wonderful, Nettie. I am especially drawn to the first one, because it truly captures the Mexican spirit that she was so proud of. Blessings!

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Hi Netty!
Your versions of Frida are wonderful and so artsy! I have seen a few of your pieces and love your creations. I have joined your lovely follower so that i can get updates on your crafty journey!
I'm sorry to hear about your mum passing. god bless her soul! My beloved Grandma passed away recently and she was like my second mum. It's sad, but she was suffering after her 4th stroke and hopefully she's in a better place now. I find that creating art is rather therapeutic for me so it might work for you too... time's a good healer too.
Don't stop crafting now... the craft world would miss your talent! ;)
Ingrid xx

Meggymay said...

Its good to see you back painting Netty. Time does heal. Two awesome Frida portraits.
Yvonne xx

Deborah said...

Good to see you making art again, Netty - hope it's helping you. Both your Frida's are beautiful.

Little Artbee said...

Two amazing Fridas you have made, whith nice fresh colours. The second has a little oriental touch, I like this. Thank you for your comment on my blog.
Dear Greetings
Sabine

Gaby Bee said...

Your Frida's are beautiful. Gorgeous portraits, Netty.

Hugs,
Gaby

Valerie-Jael said...

Your Fridas are both beautiful, I love them both. The colours are wonderful, and they have something very appealing. I am really happy to see you around again, Annette - stay with us! Hugs, Valerie

Margik said...

Both versions of Frida are amazing and so different. A great work you've made here. I glad to see you back, Netty.
Mar xxx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Netty both portraits are just wonderful!
Thank you for sharing with us at Art Journal Journey!
xxx
Susi

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I'm sorry Netty to hear about your mum passing - I feel with you ! My Mama passed last year in June... she is always in my mind!

Daniele said...

another two wonderful interpretations of art Annette, time will ease the pain and art will be a salve, take care, so glad that your health has improved and that you have been signed off.
hugs and best wishes
Daniele xx

Fliss said...

These are both absolutely beautiful Netty and I'm so very sorry to hear the sad news about your mother.
I managed to miss it as things have been difficult for me for a while (I also lost my stepfather on 12th July so I know how you must feel)
Thinking of you and hope time will heal.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Terry said...

Netty, your art is gorgeous and both are amazing as always! I know dealing with loss is difficult and sometimes we just don't know how to go forward. I hope you will be able to soon and look back on the fond memories and smile more than cry! Think of you! Hugs!

Sirkka said...

Both are fine, I think I like best the colours of the first one. Have a nice summer, Annette!

Sirkka said...

Both are fine, I think I like best the colours of the first one. Have a nice summer, Annette!

sirkkis said...

Great paintings, beautiful and colourful - as Frida was. Love them.

Pam said...

So glad to see you back Annette and painting! Both are just wonderful. I've been thinking of you while you were away.

Victoria said...

Wow Annette..these two versions are most beautiful..magical and spiritual too...so vivid..soulful and speaking to my heart!
Wishing you and your family massive hugs, glad you have one another while going through such a hard journey.
Hugs
Victoria

Silvia(Barnie) said...

These are two wonderful paintings.

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Annette, I'm so glad you are feeling better :D And to be signed off from 2 consultants means there is a reason you feel better! great news! :D Loosing your Mum is the hardest pill to swallow, I am sorry, it will take time, mum's are irreplaceable! Sounds like you have good support :D Your new haircut sounds great !!!I am loving both your Frida paintings too :D Hugs Gay x

Lynn Cohen said...

I hear your pain of loss of mom. So sorry. So sad. Your feelings and reactions all so normal under the circumstances. Be gentle with yourself and take your time. There is no time table for grief. Glad you are able to do some art, as that can be healing, helpful.
Your Freda's are absolutely marvelous! Great color and style!

Christine said...

Lovely tribute to Frida..so very sorry to hear about your mom.

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning pieces both of them Netty, wow, they just glow, what a great tribute to Frida!!

So sorry to hear about your mum, but glad you are starting to feel a bit better!!

paintingforjoy said...

So glad to have you back! Been thinking about you a lot. It's hard to loose a parent, (I lost my dad), so give yourself all the time you need to grieve.

Loving both your journal pages, and your tributes to Frida. Hugs xoxo

Sharon said...

Love both of these paintings Netty! Take care of yourself. Hope you can find peace & relaxation in your painting!!!

Jeannette said...

this both paintings are amazing,love it so much.

xxx Jeannette

hazel said...

Beautiful work Netty and it's so good to have you back.
xxx Hazel.

Fuzzie Fingers said...

Oh Netty. I'm glad to see you're back and feeling like creating again. I'm glad to hear your new haircut has such a good effect on you.You will have to change your profile picture so we can see the new liberated you. Great Frida paintings.Thanks for visiting.

Sandy said...

Both of your paintings are wonderful. I am so sorry that your summer has been so rough. The death of one's mother is extremely painful. We all are with you Annette - you might not be able to see us but we are there!
I have been out of town this summer traveling with two of my grand children. Still a lot of summer work to do before I can craft again.
You are in my thoughts and prayers Annette.
Sandy xx

1CardCreator said...

Both of these are beautiful Annette. I am so sorry for your loss, but happy your daughter is there to help you through this very difficult time. Good to see you painting and blogging again. Big hugs, ~Diane

Giggles said...

Gorgeous Frida's albeit, pensive and very sad! I'm glad you are back! I hope you find the solace in creating that I have!

Hugs Giggles

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. Losing mom is extremely hard as she has always been there for us. I send you warm hugs and prayers my dear friend xxoo

Carol said...

Love your Frida paintings Netty!! You have captured her spirit.
Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Art is one of the great healers ♥♥♥♥♥

~*~Patty S said...

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your Mother. Grief is a trying journey...but there is Light as I have found that time teaches us how to go on. Be gentle with yourself and may I say that you being so creative is a wonderful thing...your Frida's are each WOW!
Take good care
oxo

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Sending big hugs. You are so lucky to have family and your daughter. Both of these are simply amazing. Frida is still such an inspiration.
Happy day to you.
Nicole/Beadwright

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

I'm so sorry about your loss. Big hugs to you and your family. Both of your Frida paintings are powerful and beautiful!

crafty-stamper said...

Both beautiful paintings and am going to find out more about Frida Kahlo-good to see you back and are feeling a little better but it will take time-I can sympathise I lost my Mum,Dad and younger Brother in the space of two years
Carol x

crafty-stamper said...

I should have checked out the painter first then I would have realised how beautiful your painting are -you have a real talent and I envy anyone who can draw or paint
Carol x

Tracey Fletcher King said...

they do reflect both the good and bad times perfectly... I really have missed you and am glad to see you back... you have been in my thoughts...xx

NatashaMay said...

Who doesn't like Frida! :) Beautiful colors!

sheila 77 said...

Both of these are just fabulous. I especially like the first with her lovely face, the flowers in her hair and the very pretty bird. I've never combined oil pastels with coloured pencils, but will soon, thanks for the idea.

Lorraine said...

lovely colours

Sherry said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother Annette, it must be really hard for you but so good that you have your family and daughter especially to help you through xxx

Your Frida paintings are both glorious.

Your new haircut sounds good - we need to see a photo of course!

Take care xxx

Faye said...

I like both Fridas, Nettie. They show the range of emotions that woman must have had. Losing your mother was a big shock, as you must have felt very close to her. It is like losing some part of yourself. I know that after 8 months of widowhood, I am now beginning to feel that I am living a new now, a life separate from the wonderful 56 year marriage we lived. But it has taken all this time. So hang in there and keep up with your hobbies. Having something to do keeps away the depression.

Debbie said...

Beautiful Frida Faces! I love your colors. I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. Be kind to yourself during this time of grieving.

Leovi said...

Very nice composition, I love the creative beauty in these portraits of Frida, wonderful colors!

thidu said...

Love your Frida's, and the wonderful colors you use to create them. Beautiful!

Have a very creative weekend!

Nora Clemens-Gallo

Silke said...

Oh, Netty, I've been so out of the loop that I just now read about your mother's passing. It takes so long to find our footing again after such a significant loss. I'm glad that your family and your beautiful art are soothing to your soul and helping you heal. Lots of love! Silke

Tammie Dickerson said...

Oh Netty, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. I am sending big hugs to you for healing. Wonderful Fridas, I think channeling yourself into the art can be very therapeutic. Hope your coming week is so much better :)

Ariel said...

Netty Iam so sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers and hugs on your way. Both your portraits are lovely. I especially love the first one for its bright and cheerful colors.
Take care
Susan

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

Your Fridas are looking great!!!
Sorry for your loss.

Aga Gasiniak said...

good to see you back Annette, thank you for sharing beautiful creativity. Big, big hugs to you!

JKW said...

I like both versions. I am grateful you are good enough to come back to the art. Blessings, Janet PPF

Claire said...

Dear Frida, she is such an inspiration to so many of us!! I love your two Fridas :)
Thanks for visiting and happy PPF x

Beth Niquette said...

Such glorious colors. What lovely paintings...I read that you have lost your dear Mom...I'm so sorry. I lost my beloved Daddy a year and a half ago. ((hugs)) I don't know what I would do without my Mumsie. Take care, and know many of us are praying for your comfort and healing as you go through all those firsts with out her.

GlorV1 said...

Loving Frida and your pieces are both wonderful Netty. Glad you are feeling better and back to painting. Everything takes time Netty. Thoughts are with you and blessings to you. Great work.

~Rasz~ said...

I am so sorry Netty! Glad you have some support to help you get through this all. Both your Freida paintings look great. Take good care of yourself and know you have a huge group of bloggers putting up positive healing thoughts and prayers your way. Big hugs, Rasz

alarmcat said...

happy PPF :)

Netty said...

Thank you everyone for all your support and very kind words. Feel so lucky to know so many wonderful people. Hugs Annette x

Gio said...

Both are truly beautiful, Annette.

The expression is sad, maybe they reflect your own feeling. Art is another way to express them.

Hugs

denthe said...

Good to hear you're doing better! Love both of your interpretations of Frida. Happy PPF!

rose of Walk in the Woods, LLC said...

LoVe your Firdas, and I wish you a gentle healing journey. Be patient with yourSelf. ♡

Zafaran Art Gallery said...

I love the paintings Netty, especially the first one. Love the words on it too. My strength to you in this difficult time and happy to read about your solid rock of support at home.

kat said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mum Netty, you must be going through a hard time. Your paintings are great, I love your two interpretations of Frida, both are beautiful!
Blessings
Kat

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Great Frida's Netty! The first is so bright and the second one almost has a vintage look..both are lovely.
greetings, Alie

missy k said...

So sorry to hear about your mum Netty ...

Beautiful art as ever....

Karen x

butterfly said...

I can well imagine that things came to a standstill in the wake of your mother's death, Annette - I'm happy to hear that your daughter has been such a support. And the wider circle of friends will be there for you when you're ready to be with them.

I'm also happy that the Frida theme inspired you to get out the paints again - I think both portraits are beautiful. Wonderful work.
Alison xx

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, Annette, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Losing your mum is one of the hardest things, I'm sorry to know firsthand. Hoping time heals as best it can and that you are able to make art whenever the mood suits. Hugs.

Barbara B. said...

Netty, oh, it's so beautiful!