The process of existence

At Art Journal Journey this month inspiration is Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter, who’s full name actually sounds like a beautiful Spanish song, but who’s real life turned out to painful, even though she referred to it as “I am not sick just broken”. Well anyway she had a lot of courage to continue to paint after her unfortunate accident. I like the colors on her paintings and the way she tries to catch the reality. So here is my spread inspired by Frida Kahlo:

pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process of existence” the image is Frida Kahlo. I chose red for main color in my background for two reason: one – trying to express her pain and suffering and two – her devotion towards the socialist system. First I pulled a horizontal line with red acrylic ink in the middle of my page. Then I colorized my page, giving it more red accent with Lindy’s stamp gang sprays (autumn maple crimson and wild honeysuckle coral).

Then I had this idea in my head, in Frida’s diary stands “I don’t paint dreams or nightmares…”, so I wanted to make bubbles that can be popped, bubbles can be dreams or nightmares who knows… you can have them till you like them and if you want to get rid of them just pop them! So I painted some circles with turquoise and chrime green light. “I paint my own reality…” To make them more real I dropped some shadows around them with pan pastel. In some of them I wrote the name of Frida with gel pen.

I had an image of Frida, as image of well known personages, I posterized it in Photoshop and printed it. I used gel medium for my image transfer. 

I liked the grunge, faded look on my page. On the other side I added the quote from Frida’s diary with gel pen.

So that’s my painted reality for Frida Kahlo. I am sharing my spread with Art Journal Journey august challenge.


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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26 Responses to The process of existence

  1. This is lovely. Nice composition and interesting texture.

  2. Carolyn Dube says:

    Beautiful impact of the image transfer! So expressive – and those colors are fabulous!

  3. froebelsternchen says:

    What a wonderful spread and what a beautiful meanful post at all!
    Thank you for sharing this fabulous thoughts and art with us at

  4. Valerie-Jael says:

    Beautiul journal pages and colours. Thanks for sharing with Art Journal Journey! Valerie

  5. massofhair says:

    So much thought has gone into your pages, your bubbles are amazing, i love them 🙂 xxx

  6. JackieP Neal says:

    Okay now you have made me pick a new favorite!!! Ruth, this spread is stunning!! So clever to use the image transfer as well as shading those bubbles! Fabulous my friend!! xoxox

  7. Felicia Aaron says:

    Ruth, YOU HAVE DONE IT AGAIN! I agree with Jackie! I love Frida Kahlo and how you depicted her here! The hits just keep on coming! You are such a talented artist! Everything about this is just plain yummy! Love it! 🙂

    • lerusho says:

      Thanks Felicia, but I am just experimenting, sometimes I succeed and sometimes it becomes an oops, but that’s the nicest, just to play around and see the result at the end 😉

  8. Pallavi says:

    This is great.I love that you put so much thought behind the elements of your design and I like the way you think.Freida looks good.Great idea posterizing the image.Really adds to the page.

  9. Your Frida pages are very powerful and full of passion…really great!
    She certainly is an inspiration and for so many years now.

  10. mrsbeez says:

    Love the creative process you have documented, the bubbles are wonderful and your pages reflect the artist perfectly.

  11. wasnowcreations says:

    Thanks for describing how you came up with the bubbles and the choice of red. I love Frida Kahlo’s work and toughness, too. I recently saw a couple of her paintings in person (at the museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago) and I was struck by how much sadness I could feel, just looking at them.

    • lerusho says:

      Claudia, I think she would rather say reality, as she never liked if her paintings were called sad or miserable, I always notice some pain, something that hurts in her works, yeah it’s always personal.

  12. you can really feel her pain, well done Ruth

  13. Ulrike says:

    Wonderful art-pages – I love this portrait of Frida.

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