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I’ve always had a fascination with Frida Kahlo. She was not a classic beauty by any means, but there is a depth and intensity to her portraits that draw me in and ask many questions. Is there beauty within or am I just seeing the pleasure side of pain. Frida suffered lifelong health problems. Many of her health problems were the result of a traffic accident she survived as a teenager. Recovering from her injuries isolated her from other people and this isolation influenced her art, many of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” She also stated, “I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.” Maybe I am attracted to bitches or painters or painters who are bitches. 😉 Or maybe I see a bit of myself in her as I know great physical pain and the obsession to create constantly…enough to drown it out. Whatever the reason….I see immense beauty in her face and her work. I know I am not alone in my fascination as she is one of my BEST sellers.
Learn more about my tribute to Frida Kahlo here:
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I am really good at tooting my own horn in my blog. That is mainly what these online diaries are about. However, I appreciate so much art from around the world that I enjoy featuring work that I love from time to time.
Today’s featured artist is Betty Cummings. Betty is an American artist living in CO and FL. She is well established in galleries and juried art shows, but new to online exhibition. Her work is full of rich colors and delightful contrast. She is a great painter and also happens to be my Mother In Law. There is no shortage of art around my home and I am fortunate to have two original pieces from Betty proudly displayed in the entryway to my house.
Betty has this to say about her work: “Close observation is a kind of daily meditation. I like to look at beautiful things: luminous flowers, the glitter of glass, opulent fabrics, a landscape lit just so. I often exaggerate color and contrast in my paintings to try to give shape to what my inner eye is seeing. I often push the scale, also, to something beyond reality. Heightened color, bigger-than-life scale, dramatic lighting and high contrast are some of the tools I use.”
Being a novice to the online art world, you will not find a lot of her work on the Internet, but she has a website here: http://bettycummings.com/ Feel free to contact her to discuss original commissioned paintings or just to let her know that you have enjoyed her work!
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Good ol’ Honest Abe. It is interesting how artists over the years have fixated on certain historic or iconic figures as subject for many creative pieces. I have a few that I come back to over and over again. Abraham Lincoln is one of them. Presidents who get assassinated seem to really “stick” with us, but that is not the allure. He was not a handsome man by any standards, but there is something about his eyes, nose and long face that just says “calm assertiveness”. And that is sexy! His features were very prominent and strong which also has appeal. Lots of contrast to work with. A perfect playground for an artist! I know when I watch movies, I am always most attracted to strong men with “presence” regardless of their looks….that is what Abe had….”A presence”…..And that alone is enough to get the temperature up a degree. 😉
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My parents always taught me to never talk politics or religion in mixed company. And I have found this to be sage advice as I lost some Facebook friends during the last political election. This piece is up for interpretation. Is it the face of good and evil? Is it one face depicting the duality of the two faced politician? Where did I get the idea? Honestly, I have no clue. Often artwork just forms in my hands as I look at or manipulate an image, paint or structure. The end result is as much a surprise to me as it would be to anyone else. We have always had a fascination with Abraham Lincoln as a country. Good ol “Honest Abe”. So I will not talk politics….I will let you do that. 🙂
The many faces of Abe: