Saturday, April 7, 2012


"She never considered herself anything other than what she was".. a painter.

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán, and is best known for her self-portraits.

The Challenge this week at Inspiration Avenue is "Frida Fiesta". Anything involving Frida. When you think of Frida, you think of bright beautiful and bold colors, festive and happy. When in fact, Frida Kahlo had a lot of pain and suffering in her life, abuse and unhappiness all which made her paintings come to life full of meaning and hope to her.

For my Frida submission, I chose to create a journal featuring Frida "Inside Out". Her life from the inside on the outside cover to her bold and colorful life on the outside on the inside of my journal.

It's a bit of a creative twist. The outside of the journal depicts her blinding pain and suffering so I wanted it to be all white and void of colors. The inside, I wanted to be able to open the journal and have all the pages just jump out at you, every page inside full of color and Frida art with room for daily art journaling. I am very excited about the contrast of this journal because I feel like that was her life, a deep contrast of the darkness in her life, yet full of bright and bold happy colors.

Thank you for viewing my FRIDA KAHLO art challenge this week with Inspiration Avenue and if you would like to see more FRIDA, just roll over the title of this post!


  1. Interesting post and journal. I saw the movie of her life and have read numerous articles etc about her. She did have a life of pain and sorrow. I do love her paintings. They share so much of the pain she endured. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Easter.
    Peace and Blessings,

  2. As soon as I saw your link, I knew you would have something wonderful to share. The juxtaposition between the cover, and how you describe the pages inside, truly relates to Frida's life. I really enjoyed this entry and your post describing her life. What a beautiful tribute to Frida.

    Happy Easter.

  3. Wow, what a wonderful journal! I love the story behind your artwork. It is so pretty, Kim. I love that her art was an escape for her. It is for most artists. We can get lost in it.
    Wonderful submission! Have a Happy Easter!

  4. You've created a gorgeous journal - so full of meaning, inspiration and heartfelt beauty. This is great Kim! Fabulous entry for this week's Frida theme.
    Kat :-) X

  5. You always ALWAYS thrill me, Kim.
    Absolute perfection. I love every detail...
    especially all the love you put into it.

  6. Really beautiful, creative and exceptional! Love the stark white with the colorful details, wonderful piece! <3

  7. This is a really beautiful piece. LOVE it!

  8. I'm a little late stopping by as I was driving our daughter back to college yesterday. Creating a journal for this challenge was a great idea! I like the quote (Be not afraid) on the front.

  9. This is a beautiful journal, Kim. I love the white and the way it focuses your eye on the photo. I hope you post pictures of the inside!

  10. This is awesome. I love the detail, and the thought you've put into this. So much depth. x


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