Drawing Frida

05 September 2013

Portrait of Frida Kahlo
coloured pencil on A4 paper
5 September 2013

I've never drawn Frida Kahlo before. I've thought about doing it, I've wanted to do it, but I've always been afraid to do it... she's like a holy icon, and I felt unworthy to draw her... yeah, it seems silly, but it's true.

Kahlo's work, and her life (as if one could separate them,) is a great inspiration to me as an artist, and as a woman. Her work is a testament to the power of the feminine creative will, and her strength against physical and emotional pains is deeply inspiring to me.

I'm sick right now, bronchitis again... my immune system and I have never been friends... and as I lay here, forcing to breathe, feeling tired, miserable, and sorry for myself, my thoughts went to Frida, and then I knew: it's time to draw her. Right. Now.

There are things about the portrait that aren't quite right, the likeness could be, well, more like, but as it is, I'm still pleased with the drawing. I'm quite happy with the highlights on the right side (her left side) in particular. What pleases me more is that I overcame the fear of starting it, and I'm certain to draw her again.

Thank you, Frida.


4 comments:

Guadalupe Brizuela Cabal said...

Beautiful art work and insight Bonnie. I`m sending you healing vibes...I´ve been there, I know how it feels to breathe like that, but keep in mind this too shall pass.
Love and light for you my dear friend♥

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

Your drawing of Frida is wonderful. I'm glad you overcame whatever was holding you back! And I agree, she is like a holy icon.

Lucy Chen said...

Oh poor little Bonnie, get well soon!
I've always wanted to make a Frida but never done it yet.

Peggy Gabrielson said...

Wonderful... you overcame your challenge of ill health and created a magnificent portrait!

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