Frida Kahlo exemplifies pain and passion
Frida Kahlo is best known for her self-portraits and bold exotic colors.
As an artist working in hand painted custom décor, I can explore other artists work as inspiration for canvas rugs.
It’s a really interesting option to use a painting for a canvas rug design that opens up infinite possibilities. Evelyn Gallardo, owner of Discovery Beach House in Manuel Antonio had just remodeled her kitchen after the kitchen of Frida Kahlo. The deep blue tiles with yellow diamonds, dark wood cabinets, shelving with brightly colored ceramic plates give this beautiful tropical beach house a unique look and feel.
Frida Kahlo Painting
She sent me a photo of Frida Kahlo’s called Bride Frightened of Seeing Life Opened and asked if I could copy it. I accepted the challenge.
The small kitchen mat measures 27” x 43”. I had the photo enlarged to fit the rug size but to keep the proportions the sides were a bit bare. To replicate the painting I had used a rustic white for the background with brown tints for shading and antiquing effects.
Before varnishing I send my clients the finished product for any detail or changes. Once the varnish is applied these changes are no longer possible. Evelyn loved the painting but felt the background was stark white and asked for a color change. I changed the color with layers of browns with sponging technique for an aged look.
We installed the rug in the Discovery House kitchen and talked to the women who help to clean and maintain this exquisite rental home. Canvas rugs are not known in Costa Rica and it’s important to explain how to clean and maintain the rug. Too easy, just sweep and mop! The hardest part is convincing people you can actually walk on them!
The hardest part is convincing people you can actually walk on them!
Evelyn was gracious enough to show me the rest of the house. This gem, set on the beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio, is a showcase for over 40 years of world travel with her husband. Every nook and cranny had artistic detail with mementos of their travels.
I feel honored to have been able to contribute to this home. We’ve come up with some new design ideas for some other kitchen mats. One has the brightly colored pitahaya fruit and another with a piece of crockery taken from a photo from the actual Frida Kahlo kitchen.
If you ever see a painting and think that would make a fun rug to put in your home, you have the option. Contact me and let’s do the art!