Finding Frida 2

One of the things I’ve been focusing on with my ‘Finding Frida’ series is trying to let myself be inspired by her work and imagery but still retain the look of my own work. I want to add elements that reflect aspects of my life.

As you can see, I’ve added an airplane to the final painting which symbolizes many things in my life and that of my family.

To merely re-paint her art is fine-it’s great practice, but to add bits of yourself and your life into it takes you to an even more artistic place. Reach deep inside of yourself and pour that out onto the canvas. Don’t be afraid, it’s what makes your art your own.

In case you’re wondering, all of this series is done on 8 1/2 x 11 hand torn, 90lb Fabriano Hot Press watercolor paper. I’ve used acrylics and Conte Crayon, water-soluble graphite pencil or charcoal. Some may reappear later on larger substrates, but I wanted to keep thins doable as I work my way to Finding My Inner Frida.

7 responses

  1. I think your Frida is beautiful. I agree it’s nice to seek out our own versions of Frida,while we learn to appreciate her. Everyone I know is doing a Frida, I haven’t challenged myself thus far. I’m working on a series of Marys at the moment. Once they’re done I may try my hand at a Frida who knows. I do like how you made yours personal. I’ll keep that in mind when I do one.

  2. Pam, I have this paper and love it. Enjoying seeing this series of work. The airplane is perfect. I finally bought some pan pastels. You were the first person I saw use them. They are fantastic. So smooth.

  3. I love these. I think the eyes and lips still follow your unique style. Thanks for the inspiration. I am taking time for some art tonight, even if I have to lose some sleep. =)

  4. HI Pam – love your work, and am hoping to take a portrait workshop from you soon.

    I have a question about the WC paper – do you pre-soak, to wet your paper and then tape to a board like is done with traditional watercolors? Your work doesn’t seem to buckle, that’s why I’m asking. I’ve wanted to try WC paper for acrylics before, but it seems like it buckles just as much as with watercolors, so I haven’t found it to be successful. Now I’m wondering if I just needed to soak and stretch it for acrylics, too.

    Thanks – love your work!

    • I use Fabriano hot press watercolor paper and have really no issue with it buckling. It may initially buckle slightly but if it has, one night under a couple of books takes the buckles out. I use thin washes of acrylics. If you are worried about it buckling try applying a coat of gesso to the front and back and let it dry. This will ensure it lays flat.

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