Host a Frida Fiesta

Forget “party like a rock star…”

I want to have a fiesta like Frida Kahlo!  Flamboyant and at times outrageous, she threw some real shindigs, no question about that!

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Symbols of Myself Collage

Stevie's "Symbols of Myself" Collage

Just as Frida Kahlo found solace in her art, you, too, may discover that art can provide a means to profound self-knowledge and growth. However, the kind of self-portraits that Frida was capable of producing may be just a little too intimidating (I’m speaking for myself here, okay?), so instead, we’ll focus on making a collage.

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Symbols of Myself Activity

If you do not tell the truth about yourself

you cannot tell it about others.

Virginia Woolf

Frida Kahlo’s paintings are rich with symbolism. She often incorporated animals, plants, and ribbons to symbolize her personal relationships, as well as the great physical and emotional pain she endured in her life. You, too, may find value in utilizing symbols in your own life and art. Here’s a quick exercise to help you do that:

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Quotes By and About Frida Kahlo

Frida's personal diary provides additional insights into the life of this remarkable woman.

Never one to mince words, Frida Kahlo always said exactly what she thought. Her best known quotes concern her art, her injuries, and her relationship with her husband Diego Rivera. I’ve also included here a few things that well-known people said about her…

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Fascinating Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo's Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird. Source: Wikipedia

I’ll admit it. In the beginning, I didn’t “get” Frida Kahlo. Her paintings are often disturbing and, well, in some cases downright weird. And let’s face it, it’s a rare Frida painting that you’d look at and say, “Wow, I’d love to hang that over the sofa in the living room.”

But that’s just it. She wasn’t painting for me…or you…or for anyone else. In her relatively short life, Frida suffered a great deal both emotionally and physically. For reasons we’ll get into shortly, Frida spent long hours alone. and she began painting as a way to make sense of her life and to work through her pain.

There is already so much out there about Frida that I’ll keep this relatively brief. If  it whets your interest and you want to learn more, check out some of the resources I’ve listed at the end, including the fabulous movie, Frida, starring Salma Hayek.

So here, as a Frida for Dummies book (if such a thing existed), would say is the “least you need to know”:

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