Thursday, May 3, 2018

Bits of Inspiration ~ Frida Kahlo

Today I want to inspire you with the life and art of Frida Kahlo. Frida was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, a village on the outskirts of Mexico City. She was a painter who often painted self portraits. At age six she contracted polio and at age eighteen she was severely injured in an automobile accident. It was because of her accident that her plans to attend medical school were ended and the childhood hobby of art led her to pursue becoming an artist. Much of her art was painted from her experiences with pain.

There is so much to learn about this amazing woman. I think I am so drawn to her because she was a woman who suffered incredible pain, and chose to let it be her muse, her inspiration to create art. I made several attempts at doing a Reader's Digest condensed version of her life for this post, but I simply couldn't do it. So after all the head scratching I settled on sharing her image and some of her quotes as inspiration.

Frida Kahlo, by Guillermo Kahlo.jpg

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me, too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” 
― Frida Kahlo

Self portrait with thorn necklace and hummingbird
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"The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration." ~ Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo, by Guillermo Kahlo 3

“I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to better.”
― Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo, by Guillermo Kahlo 2

“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn't. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” 
― Frida Kahlo


“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.” 
― Frida Kahlo

For today's challenge choose a quote, a photo, one of Frida's art pieces as inspiration or like Frida, choose yourself to paint with words. As always write a new poem for the challenge, post it on Mr. Linky, and take time to read the work or your fellow poets. (Learn more about Frida  and view her art here.


Sanaa Rizvi said...

Loved the prompt, Susie!💜 Sharing my poem "Ode to a passionate muse." Happy Thursday everyone☕

Gillena Cox said...

A fascinating lady artist, happy to be inspired by her words today. Thanks Susie

much love...

annell4 said...

Yes, I loved the prompt. An amazing artist, mentor to all women.

Vivian Zems said...

Hi Susie! I agree, an inspiring woman, indeed.

Fireblossom said...

Susie, ya know I wouldn't skip yours! Great subject! I only just recently saw the bio-pic about her.

Susie Clevenger said...

Sanaa, Thank you!

Gillena, Thank you. My youngest daughter is a passionate Frida fan and she is the one who got me interested in learning more about Frida Kahlo

Annel, Thank you. The more I learn about Frida, the more I admire her.

Vivian, Thank you so much

Fireblossom, Thank you! I so appreciate it.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Hi kids, I seem to be rather stalled, at the moment, but am enjoying reading your wonderful poems.

Anonymous said...

I've appreciated Kahlo's works since I was a young thing, studying the arts, and the wealth and depth of what she was able to produce, despite enormous odds, in the face and skin of so much physical pain, and of course, the mental strain this alone effects? Mind baffling really.

Wonderfully interesting prompt Susie - thanks for offering us this as inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Great prompt and tiers in nicely with a poem I penned just yesterday.

brudberg said...

I intend to write on this... perfect prompt.

tonispencer said...

Interesting prompt. I was always interested in Impressionists and Japanese art. It is only the past few years that I began viewing works by Kahlo. A very human artist she was.

Susie Clevenger said...

Sherry, I understand stalled. Thanks for dropping by and reading.

Pam, thank you

Bjorn, thank you

Toni, thank you

Margaret said...

I am behind about a week in commenting (even my own prompt challenge) I want to do this but it will probably be for next Tuesday's Platform - we are helping my daughter pack and put things in storage and in about two weeks we move her to up by NYC. Just wanted you to know . Thanks as I love Frida Kahlo.

Susie Clevenger said...

Margaret, goodness, busy and I'm sure an emotional time for you. Take care!

Kerry O'Connor said...

I love Frida Kahlo, Susie, and would be sorry to miss out on this challenge. It has been a hectic week.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I have combined Thursday and Saturday's prompts... Phew! Just made it.