Linocut: Corona (Frida Kahlo)

frida kahlo mini print

Corona 3×2 Linocut

Inspired by a Stranger

This linocut is not part of the series I’m working on (process shots are below), but a subscriber asked if I had a Frida Kahlo linocut framed and available, and here it is.

This little linocut portrait was inspired, carved and painted because of my admiration for the lovely Frida. I’ve been fascinated by her face and style of dress for over a decade. I don’t know what it’s like to march to an individual and wholly different drummer the way she did. I suspect that her courage came in the same envelope as the pain and tragedies of her youth. Similar flavors of childhood history sent me scrambling for cover and safety, but she chose a spicy panache of personal style, autobiographical art with a message and often a gut-punch, and creative visibility. I find that fascinating; the woman, more than her art, has always tussled my imagination.

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you in the next post!


miniature linocut portraits

Carving a little Frida face from the block

Frida portrait

I’ve painted her before…. I love her face and features, as well as her style

miniature linocut portrait

The linocut print, before adding watercolor

Art QuoteWhen Mark Rothko used tempera, he would follow a procedure that has existed since the Renaissance, separating dozens of eggs, and beating the whites into a consistency close to that of a soufflé.  Those few friends who saw Rothko perform this rite were delighted by the bulky Balzacian figure, with large hands, delicately transferring yolk after yolk, from half shell to half shell. The Legacy of Mark Rothko – Lee Seldes


One Response to Linocut: Corona (Frida Kahlo)

  1. Barbara Muir December 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    I love this image much truer to Kahlo’d beauty than many of the images she made of herself. And I know what you mean about the intrigue of the woman.


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