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Frida Kahlo: Me and My Parrots




This is a reproduction of the original painting by Frida Kahlo. I like the parrots (quite large!) but I feel that this painting is quite dark in colour. (And could she be smoking near her birds?)


So I made my own version of Frida Kahlo as a bright collage (with smaller parrots) from an illustration of Frida Kahlo in a poster. Noticeably prettier, I couldn't resist giving her a uni-brow that she, herself, often painted her self-portrait with.





To create my digital collage, I used IrfanView, nomacs_Image Lounge and the GIMP2. The 2 parrots (now more like parakeets) are taken from the original painting, but given a reduced size, and colorization to reflect the brighter pallet. Since I planned this to be a collage, I cropped the parrots in rectangular form, but placed the two birds in similar positions on Frida Kahlo's shoulders.

Inspiration for playing with this collage came from reading an article about her relationship with her husband, artist Diego Rivera. I became closely familiar with Rivera's work, because I often visited the Art Gallery in Detroit (art trips, etc.) and I loved his murals in a special section of the gallery, dedicated to Michigan's auto workers.

So, playing with images to make a new Frida Kahlo has felt inspirational. I think I could almost imagine myself as Bohemian Frida -- I've always liked bright, colorful full skirts and flowers in my hair. I just need two parrots on my shoulders, and to pluck my uni-brow.
Care to join me? I can pour you a full glass of sangria, just for the occasion. 💙
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Frida Kahlo: Me and My Parrots




This is a reproduction of the original painting by Frida Kahlo. I like the parrots (quite large!) but I feel that this painting is quite dark in colour. (And could she be smoking near her birds?)


So I made my own version of Frida Kahlo as a bright collage (with smaller parrots) from an illustration of Frida Kahlo in a poster. Noticeably prettier, I couldn't resist giving her a uni-brow that she, herself, often painted her self-portrait with.





To create my digital collage, I used IrfanView, nomacs_Image Lounge and the GIMP2. The 2 parrots (now more like parakeets) are taken from the original painting, but given a reduced size, and colorization to reflect the brighter pallet. Since I planned this to be a collage, I cropped the parrots in rectangular form, but placed the two birds in similar positions on Frida Kahlo's shoulders.

Inspiration for playing with this collage came from reading an article about her relationship with her husband, artist Diego Rivera. I became closely familiar with Rivera's work, because I often visited the Art Gallery in Detroit (art trips, etc.) and I loved his murals in a special section of the gallery, dedicated to Michigan's auto workers.

So, playing with images to make a new Frida Kahlo has felt inspirational. I think I could almost imagine myself as Bohemian Frida -- I've always liked bright, colorful full skirts and flowers in my hair. I just need two parrots on my shoulders, and to pluck my uni-brow.
Care to join me? I can pour you a full glass of sangria, just for the occasion. 💙

No sangria for me SP .... but I am envious of you seeing Detroit's Art Gallery's. I dunno about wanting a couple of large peckered - (beaked) birbs chewing eye brow hair off my face. OUCHY!

As soon as I saw the portrait I cringed because of the cigarette in her hand .... but it was so many many years ago when she had birds and people didn't either realize or know smoking was harmful to our sweet feathered friends. Still ... cringy.


I love her work and I recall enjoying the movie with Salma Hayek who played the part of Frida so well .... her husband Diego was played by Alfred Moina. Such a bizarre relationship!


If you haven't seen the movie try and find it online .... I know I saw it on Netflix a long time ago.



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No sangria for me SP .... but I am envious of you seeing Detroit's Art Gallery's. I dunno about wanting a couple of large peckered - (beaked) birbs chewing eye brow hair off my face. OUCHY!

As soon as I saw the portrait I cringed because of the cigarette in her hand .... but it was so many many years ago when she had birds and people didn't either realize or know smoking was harmful to our sweet feathered friends. Still ... cringy.


I love her work and I recall enjoying the movie with Salma Hayek who played the part of Frida so well .... her husband Diego was played by Alfred Moina. Such a bizarre relationship!


If you haven't seen the movie try and find it online .... I know I saw it on Netflix a long time ago.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOUzQYqba4Y

Mmmmm -- now I know I will need to try to rent this movie, if our local movie-house has a copy. I'm glad you enjoyed my post, Mr. Peepers. Finding a convergence between art and a love of birbs is a magical thing -- and I am glad to find a way to express this interest, here at Talk Parrots. It's a wonder!




Painting from a birb's perspective.
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Mmmmm -- now I know I will need to try to rent this movie, if our local movie-house has a copy. I'm glad you enjoyed my post, Mr. Peepers. Finding a convergence between art and a love of birbs is a magical thing -- and I am glad to find a way to express this interest, here at Talk Parrots. It's a wonder!




Painting from a birb's perspective.



This is one of Frida's birbs .... its painting her and her eyebrows ....
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