Nov
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This Frida inspired art is made by Lulu an artist from Frelighsburg, Southern Quebec,  Canada.
I found these sweet paintings while trolling the E world for things to share with you.
Lulu writes in her blog:
I love my life… I love my son Ulysse and my husband Francois and my entire family. I love painting and collaging and drawing and illustrating. I love animals of all kinds, which explains why we have 5 cats, 3 dogs, 6 hens, 2 roosters, an hermit-crab and a turtle.  I love colors, I love gardening, I love Mexico.  I am French, I live in Southern Quebec about 5 minutes from the Vermont border.  I love to laugh and I am pretty much always in a good mood. I talk a lot, this comes from my dad but I hate the telephone.  I love nature, bird nests, rocks, old rusty things. I am curious and will try anything new I have not tried yet.  I love staying in my studio late at night to paint mermaids, fairies, angels, cats, Frida, flowers and so many other things.  I speak French, English and enough Spanish to get around.  I can not live without the ocean and the beach, gotta go taste the salty water at least once a year.  I love pink, I love skulls and skeletons, I love frogs and toads.  I love black licorice and white chocolate.  I love to hike the mountains around and I love to drive my old Volvo. I love my life…
With Lulu’s art you can capture a reminder of a great person in an cute decoration for hanging in your kitchen or hallway or bathroom.

Sometimes Kat wonders why Frida is such a powerful Icon to so many people… so many women.  “In many ways she was strong, courageous, political and creative, but in many ways she was also injured, heartbroken and self-deprecating ” Says Kat.

Kat admires her because of  how she faced life with a fierce passion.

I admire her because she tried to tell the story she knew.  The story of  her self.  There are few things more honest than that.   She didn’t try to pretty her life she tried to tell it the way she felt it.

When I was younger I wanted my art to be truthful and because I felt I could never assume I knew everything about anyone the most truthful art I could make would have to be what I felt about myself.  I ended up doing a lot of self portrait.   In fact one of Kat’s and my first creative collaborative efforts involved her photographing me for a self portrait I was creating about the pain I was feeling in breaking up with my first love.  I  eventually titled the self portrait Offering.  I think it is still the best most truthful painting I have ever made.

Frida’s very personal work ended up making powerful political statements about women, about art itself, about her community, her country, about nature and the environment, about spirit,  about sexuality, and our relationship with ourselves.

I admire Frida for her deep concern for the world around her.  I admire her for her belief that art is in everything you do.  She used to ask her students to set the table and prepare the food and arrange the table with the same consciousness they would paint a painting.  Both were of equal artistic value to her.  That is amazing.

Discovering Frida affirmed for me many of my own ideas about my own art.

She was unapologetic.

She was politically fierce.  Despite what Hollywood would have you believe… She died because she went to a protest against the American occupation while she was already sick.  She was willing to die for her convictions.

The earth, it’s people…justice, peace mattered to Frieda.

Kat’s mother wants her to name a daughter Frida (Kat doesn’t have any children yet and isn’t pregnant but Barbara will be ready!).

some more paintings by Lulu:

The flaming heart really gets me.  I love it!

It is cute, folkloric and yet retains the traditional iconography of Mexico.

This brings to mind the Day of the Dead.   November is a Time of remembering our ancestors.   Kat suggests you go take a walk on the mountain in the cemetery to enjoy the falling leaves.

Happy Autumn!

Thank you Frida for reminding us to be honest with our selves, to live life, to never deny the body, to love passionately, to never give up, to live what you believe in.

for more from lulu check her out at:

http://mypinkturtle.blogspot.com/

I think Frida would have agreed….

Your life is your most powerful art.

See you at the boutique.

erin

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