July 31, 2016

Painting With The Girls 213

July 31, 2016

Day 213 (154 days to go)

Birds In The Woods

IPad painting 5X7 Matted

Since tomorrow is August we have less than half the project left. I have decided to stick with this format. I did debate with myself about painting on bigger paper and taking a week so that I could work a little longer on each project. However, in the end the 5X7 format gives me more flexibility. I also like how by the end of the project, there will be 366 pieces. I will use the watercolor tiles again in case I would like to do a bigger piece.

Anyways that is what I have decided to do for the rest of the year. Just stick with what has been working. I am now in the middle of doing my research and writing about Frida Kahlo. She really is an inspiration and overcame so many obstacles in her life. After doing my research on Frida Kahlo, I will read upon Georgia O’Keeffe, followed by Grandma Moses.

 

July 30, 2016

Painting With The Girls 212

July 30, 2016

Day 212 (154 days to go)

 

Untitled                                                          Ipad Painting

Ipad painting 5X7, Matted

Part III

It took about three years for Frida Kahlo to recover and be able to walk without her orthopedic corsets. As soon as she was able to leave La Casa Azul, she wasted no time re-exploring the world she had left. She immediately acquainted herself to the circle of friends of Tina Madotti, an American expatriate photographer who liked the company of aspiring politicians, anarchists, and communists.

Around this time she wrote in her journal that she liked decorating her body with things that made her forget about her pain and her difficulties as she still healed from her accident. She liked dressing in traditional Mexican clothing, such as embroidered blouses and colorful floor length skirts. She adorned her hair with flowers and wore jewelry associated with Mexican culture.

It was dressed like this that she met Diego Rivera again, in a crowded room where everybody was drinking tequila. Diego shot a gramophone with his Colt revolver.  He had spent 14 years abroad, and returned to Mexico after being kicked out of Russia. Days later, Frida went to Diego to seek advice about her paintings. He told her she was original and that her paintings were great. He became a visitor on Sundays at La Casa Azul. Her parents didn’t like him because he was much older than Frida. They also thought he was fat and loud and immoral for living with Lupe Marin while they were both unmarried. It certaintly did not help that he had two children with her.

Diego and Frida got married about a year later on August 21, 1929. The wedding party turned into a fight between Frida and Diego’s ex, Lupe Marin, who lifted up Fridas’s skirt and pointed out to Diego that Frida had two pegs for legs. A few days later Frida forgave her and learned from Lupe what Diego’s favorite foods were.

Diego was soon back to his old ways. Frida discovered he had taken a lover. Diego accepted an invitation to go to San Francisco and paint a mural and Frida accompanied him in hopes their marriage would improve. In 1931 Frida arrived in The US just as the Great Depression had settled in. She thought Americans looked like “unbaked biscuits” and San Francisco was boring. Frida kept herself busy by painting and socializing with friends. It was in this period that Frida Kahlo painted, Portrait of Luther Burbank. In this painting she tells the story of Luther, a rich American man who contributed significantly to agriculture. She portrayed him as a dead man who fertilized the earth so that he could be born again as a metaphor for his legacy. Frida had used a traditional form of Mexican storytelling, or retablo, in her painting.

Gerry Souter writes in his book, Frida Kahlo, Beneath the Mirror, “Retablos are small paintings, usually produced on pieces of tin that commemorate a traumatic event. Retablo means ‘behind the altar’ and comes from the Christian-Mexican religion. Three components make up a retablo painting: a depiction of an event, the vision of the Virgin Guadalupe, and text that describes the event. The paintings are commissioned from professional retablo painters, a 150 year-old tradition that almost died out in the firs quarter of the 20th century.”

It was with this painting she was now seen as an emerging talent and not just Diego’s wife.

 

July 29, 2016

Painting With The Girls 211

July 29, 2016

Day 211 (155 days to go)

Peace

Peace

Ipad painting 5X7, Matted

I think I have different species here, although my goal was to have all Doves. 

Hopefully this summer is going to finish in a very peaceful note. We can only hope.

July 28, 2016

Painting With The Girls 210

July 28, 2016

day 210 (156 days to go)

Hermy

Hermy

Watercolor, 5X7, Matted

July 27, 2016

Painting With The Girls 209

July 27, 2016

Day 209 (157 days to go)

Trees Wrapped With Yarn

Watercolor, 5X7 Matted

I was hiking a while a go when I came across someone else's art work on the trail.

July 26, 2016

Painting With The Girls 208

July 26, 2016

Day 208 (158 days to go)

Leafs On Black Backround II

Ipad painting 5X7 matted

July 25, 2016

Painting With The Girls 207

July 25, 2016

Day 207 (159 days to go)

Leafs On Black

Ipad painting 5X7 matted

July 24, 2016

Painting With The Girls 206

July 24, 2016

Day 206 (160 days to go)

Seagulls on Shore

Watercolor and collage, 5X7, Matted

Today in the news I saw that the Jersey shore visitors are complaining about seagull food attacks. Seagulls often  hover over people on the boardwalk,  trying to steal their pizza or pretzel. I guess it just became too easy to find food this way instead of fishing.  Nevertheless seagulls make the beach scenery lovely.

July 23, 2016

Painting With The Girls 205

July 23, 2016

Day 205 (161 days to go)

Helena Scherer

Ipad painting 5X7 matted

Part II

After ten years of Revolution, the Mexican people celebrated political radicalism and their indigenous heritage. The economy was wiped out, and the rich had to reduce their quality of life, including dismissing their servants. It was around this time marvelous discoveries in archeology were revealing ancient ruins and the history and arts of the indigenous people of Mexico.

Martha Zamorra writes in her book, Frida Kahlo, The Brush Of Anguish, “ The Mexican Revolution, which began three years after Frida’s birth, had inspired a dynamic new sense of nationalism throughout the country. Mexico looked proudly to its native roots and initiated a deliberate program of cultural reconstruction and educational development”.

The ministry of culture flourished as it provided schools, libraries and literacy programs to all. The government included women in education, and provided the poor with access to affordable books published by the state.

This whole cultural development made a deep impression on Frida’s life, and by age 15, she entered the National Preparatory School. It was there she met Alejandro Gomez Arias, her first boyfriend. She also met Diego Rivera, who was painting a mural at her school, as part of the muralist movement that was taking place in Mexico. 

Frida was known as a lively student, who wanted to be a doctor. She liked breaking the rules in society, was precociously active sexually with both men and women, and was not ashamed of any of her transgressions. By age 19, Frida enrolled in business school to learn how to type, worked in a pharmacy and a lumber office, and eventually was employed as an apprentice at an engraving studio.

On September 17 of 1925, Frida and her boyfriend, Alejandro, were part of a horrific accident. The streetcar they were riding in crashed with a bus as it was turning a corner. Many people died, and a metal handrail impaled Frida. She broke her pelvis, spine, right leg, color bone and three ribs. The doctors had to repair her bones in different stages. She was in and out of casts for two years, lying on her bed, and the only thing she could do was write and draw.

She wrote in her diary that she had become old in an instant and had moved to a planet called pain.

 

July 22, 2016

Painting With The Girls 204

July 22, 2016

Day 204 (162 days to go)

Three Birds

Ipad painting 5X7 matted

I feel like painting on the IPad was made specially for me!!! I just feel really comfortable doing it. Love it!!!! My birds are inspired by some Audubon paintings I just saw. These are Sterlings from my creation...  My Washington favorite.

July 21, 2016

Painting With The Girls 203

July 21, 2016

Day 203 (163 days to go)

News From My Recycling Bin

Collage, 5X7, Matted

I cook a lot during the week, and I am continuously amazed by the amount of trash that is produced just from unwrapping stuff!!!!! Not to mention having two dogs, three cats and a parrot.

July 20, 2016

Painting With The Girls 202

July 20, 2016

Day 202 (164 days to)

Somewhere

Ipad painting 5X7, Matted

July 19, 2016

Painting With The Girls 201

July 19, 2016

Day 201 (165 days to go)

Glued Forever Stamps

Watercolor and collage with found stamps, 5X7 Matted

Interesting essay on the human body in art

click here to read

July 18, 2016

Painting With The Girls 200

July 18, 2016

Day 200 (166days to go)

Breakfast With Lucky

SOLD OUT!!!!!!!

The love of my life pet is 12 years old. He cheers me up everyday!!!!! I love you Lucky.

July 17, 2016

Painting With The Girls 199

July 17, 2016

Day 199 (167 days to go)

Weather XII

Weather

Watercolor Panel 5X7, watercolor and collage, (12)

Finished!!!!!

In the bottom right corner it says: 

"It walks on the water, and whirls the mills,

And talks to itself on the tops of the hills.

The wonderful air is over me,

And the wonderful wind is shaking the tree."

By William Brighty Rands (1823–1882), public domain

July 16, 2016

Painting With The Girls 198

July 16, 2016

Weather XI

Part I

Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón, on July 6, 1907, in Coyoacan, Mexico.

Her father was a German Jew of Hungarian descent, who immigrated from Baden-Baden to Mexico.  He initially worked in the jewelry business until his first wife died giving birth to their second daughter. Shortly after, he married Matilde Calderón, a co-worker. Matilde was a Mexican mestizo, of mixed Indian and European lineage and a devoted Catholic. She decided not to raise Guillermo’s first two daughters. She sent the baby and the toddler to a convent orphanage. Matilde and Guillermo then had four daughters, Matilde, Adriana, Frida and Cristina. A brother also was born, but died shortly after birth.

Guillermo Kahlo took over his father-in-law’s photography business right after his marriage to Matilde. He flourished in his work and chose his favorite daughter, Frida, to accompany him on his daily trips.  He was a painter himself, an avid reader, and he enjoyed literature and playing the piano. He was a great influence on her youth, and Frida felt close to him. She was usually the person who was present when he had epileptic seizures while he worked. She made sure he was safe and his equipment was not stolen.

Frida entered elementary school late because of her polio. This was likely one of the reasons she lied about being younger. Her father helped her to overcome all the teasing she suffered because of her leg deformity. He encouraged her to do swimming and boxing for exercise so that she could develop strength in her legs. He reassured her when she felt alone, and inspired her with art and reading. She learned to bring watercolors on her outings and paint to express what she felt.

Frida’s relationship with her mother was completely different from the warmth of her father’s love. In her diaries she wrote that her mother couldn’t read or write, but could count money well. In fact her mother was a good writer, but Frida thought her to be rigid and uninterested in knowledge and scholarly matters.  She wrote her mother was cruel and didn’t love her father. She had loved another boy in her youth and never gotten over the fact he killed himself in her presence.

Her father became successful in the photography business and the government hired him to take photos of the renaissance Mexico experienced after the revolution of 1910. With that money he bought the blue house, La Casa Azul, where Frieda was raised and enjoyed her youth in post revolution Mexico. The first years of Frida’s life were influenced by the excitement of new political views and the rejuvenated Mexican culture that shaped the intellect of its citizens.

 

July 15, 2016

Painting With The Girls 197

July 15, 2016

Day 197 (169 days to go)

Weather X

July 13, 2016

Painting With The Girls 195

July 13, 2016

Day 195 (171 days to go)

Weather VIII

Interesting essay on types of palette material:

click here to read

I would just add that if someone is painting in the old traditional way, you should keep the tradition of using a wooden palette. For one using white canvas I recommend either, white plastic or paper palette. It gives the same  light as on the canvas, so that the color mixing can be compared. There is also the glass palette which is very easy to clean and also work your color mixing skills. The idea is that the palette surface imitates your painting surface to make your mixing easier. White plastic plastic is mainly used in painting with watercolors.

 

July 12, 2016

Painting With The Girls 194

July 12, 2016

Day 194 (172 days to go)

Weather VII

Interesting essay on famous art unfinished work:

click here to read