August 31, 2016

Painting With The Girls 244

August 31, 2016

Day 244, (122 days to go)

Chimarrao

Scratch board, 5X7, Matted

August 30, 2016

Painting With The Girls 243

August 30, 2016

Day 243 (123 days to go)

Quilt

IPad Painting

August 29, 2016

Painting With The Girls 242

August 29. 2016

Day 242 (124days to go)

Waves on Black

Ipad Painting 5X7, Matted

August 28, 2016

Painting With The Girls 241

August 28, 2016

Day 241 (125 days to go)

Lake Ontario

IPad Painting, 5X7, Matted

August 27, 2016

Painting With The Girls 240

August 27, 2016

Day 240 (124 days to go)

Contemporary Archetype

Watercolor and Gouache, 14X20 

14X20 Watercolor and Guoache, Framed

 

Part VII

In the last years of Frida’s life she was practically bedbound and dependent on painkillers. Although there were always rumors of Diego being unfaithful he would come and stay with her several times a week. During those visits, Diego would show all his affection and try to amuse her as she lay in bed. He told her stories and the new gossip. Sometimes he would even dance and sing songs. He was the only one who could lift her spirits that way.

Despite her long career Frida Khalo had never had a solo art exhibit. In 1953, the National Institute of Art wanted to do a retrospective on her work. It took many months to organize, and Diego was afraid Frida would not live to see it.

Finally the big day arrived, but she was not able to get up. She decided quickly that the only way was to go lying on her bed. She arrived in an ambulance. Visitors were very happy to see her and fans and friends surrounded her.  Her exhibit was a success.

Two months later, the doctors decided to amputate Frida’s leg. It was causing her infections and the perspective of death by thrombosis.  She spoke very little after the surgery, but painted until the day of her death eight days later.

She painted watermelons and wrote “Viva La Vida” on them. It meant, long live life. She was 47 years old.

Diego became old in an instant. He only lived for three more years after Frida’s death. He told his friends that it was only after her death he understood completely the power of her love.

August 26, 2016

Painting With The Girls 239

Aust 26, 2016

Day 239 (125 days to go)

Contemporary Archetype VIII

August 25, 2016

Painting With The Girls 238

August 25, 2016

Day 238 (128 days to go)

Contemporary Archetype VII

August 24, 2016

Painting With The Girls 237

August 24, 2016

Day 237 ( 129 days to go)

Contemporary Archetype VI

August 23, 2016

Painting With The Girls 236

August 23, 2016

Day 236 (130 days to go)

Contemporary Archetype V

August 22, 2016

Painting With The Girls 235

August 22, 2016

Day 235 (131 days to go)

Contemporary Archetype IV

August 21, 2016

Painting With The Girls 234

August 21, 2016

Day 234 (132 days to go)

Contemporary Archetype III

Watercolor and Gouache. Check next 6 days for entire piece.

January 20, 2016

Painting With The Girls 233

August 20, 2016

Day 233 (133 days to go)

Contemporary Archetype II         9 pieces

Check next 7 days for entire piece. Watercolor and Gouache. 14X20

Part VI

Frida Kahlo was 33 years old when she re-married Diego Rivera. She was determined to make her life independent from the life of her husband. She never went back to the house next door to his, and instead she remodeled La Casa Azul and remained there until her death.

Diego added a new wing to the house and Frida rearranged her folk art collections and decorations throughout the house and her studio.

Her father died a year later in 1941, and Frida’s health deteriorated as her drinking increased. Doctors prescribed hormones, pain medicines and several corsets to help with her back pain and movement. She constantly was dealing with recurrent infections and new issues with her health.

Martha Zamorra writes in her book Frida Kahlo, The Brush of Anguish, “In spite of her poor health, the five years following Frida and Diego’s second wedding were the most serene of their married life, a time when they seemed to come to terms with one another. Finding pleasure in simply being together and sharing their daily lives, they treated each other with the same outward show of affection as before the divorce.”

Frida maintained a working routine, and in 1943, she also started teaching at the Ministry of Public Education.  As it became more difficult for her to go to a classroom in town, she taught many students at her home. They were called Los Fridos, and many of these students became well-known painters and scholars.

Until the last couple years of her life, Frida was very happy in La Casa Azul. This was a time where she and Diego painted relentlessly and when they enjoyed the company of their friends too. Her sister Cristina and her children were also a constant presence in Frida’s life. 

August 19, 2016

Painting With The Girls 232

August 19, 2016

Day 232 (143 days to go)

Contemporary Archetype I     9 pieces

Watercolor and Gouache.  Check the next eight days to see the entire work. Sold as one piece.

August 18, 2016

Painting With The Girls 231

August 18, 2016

Day 231 (135 days to go)

Catia

Scratchboard 5X7, Matted

 I love these scratchboards. Remember doing your own in kindengarden? With lots of colors underneath? In this case we got white porcelain covered in india ink.

August 17, 2016

Painting With The Girls 230

August 17, 2016

Day 230 (136 days to go)

A Walk At Night

Watercolor, collage and acrylic, 5X7, matted

August 16, 2016

Painting With The Girls 229

August 16, 2016

Day 229 (137 days to go)

Sunset Panel 6

Watercolor 6 panels 5X7 each, sold together

Watercolor Panels 6        5X7 each         

August 15, 2016

Painting With The Girls 228

August 15, 2016

Day 228 (138 days to go)

Sunset Panels 5

August 14, 2016

Painting With The Girls 227

August 14, 2016

Day 227 ( 139 days to go)

Sunset Panels 4

August 13, 2016

Painting With The Girls 226

August 13, 2016

Day 226 (140 days to go)

Sunset Panels 3

Part V

In 1938, Andre Breton, a Surrealist writer organized a show in Paris called Mexique. This exhibit involved photographs by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 17 paintings by Frida Kahlo, and Pre-Hispanic folk art. In this trip to Paris, Frida felt validated as an artist and appreciated for her independence and work separated from Diego Rivera. She was adored by the press and introduced to many painters such as Marcel Duchamp, Sassily Kandinsky and Pablo Picasso. She treasured Picasso’s attention and praises and the gift of earrings in the form of hands she later painted in her self-portraits. The highlight of this trip was the purchase of one of her paintings by the Louvre.

Frida couldn’t have been happier in this moment of her life, but as soon as she arrived in Mexico, Diego asked her for a divorce. Nobody really knows what happened between him and her, but Diego was firm in his decision and went back to San Francisco to work.

Frida was devastated and depressed being alone and having to make a living. Her paintings of this time reflect a deep longing for Diego and her anguish about being alone in the world.

Her health deteriorated and her depression was aggravated by Trotsky’s assassination in Mexico, in May 1940.

She went to San Francisco to seek medical health and to speak to Diego. They both reconciled and re-married on December 8, 1940, just as Diego turned fifty-four years old. 

August 12, 2016

Painting With The Girls 225

August 12, 2016

Day 225 (141 days to go)

Sunset Panels 2