Saturday, 7 April 2012

Frida Fiesta Challenge Mandala


This mandala was one step away from the wood burner the whole way through its creation. I'm feeling so stuck creatively and it scares me not having the normal buzz of ideas and enthusiasm. My husband wisely (don't tell him I mentioned wise and him in a sentence otherwise he may become insufferable) told me to go through the motions and eventually it will come back. Therefore I made myself sit down ignore my aches pains and doubts and just try. Every time I hated this mandala and wanted to burn it I restrained myself, took a break and tried again. In the end I like it, most of all because it accompanied me on a journey and contributes to my story. This mandala was originally inspired by Priti Lisa's Inspiration Avenue Team challenge Frida Fiesta. Frida Kahlo was, in part, inspired by Mexican folk and indigenous art and I researched these images for inspiration. But in the end it was Frida's determination and bravery to make art whilst dealing with severe health problems that inspired me most whilst creating this mandala.

Thank you Priti Lisa for your inspiration.


  • Who or what inspires you to keep creating when the going gets tough?


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28 comments:

  1. This mandala is perfect for the Frida challenge as you have described it. After all, it speaks of color and pain. I love it.

    I usually organize when I hit a dry spell. Fortunately, I have a very high tolerance to pain and try to never let it get me down. In fact, I was once told by a company doctor that I should allow pain to enter because that way I would know when it was something really serious.

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    1. Elizabeth - thank you :-) Maybe I should try organising because I sure need to organise & tidy my clutter, lol :-)

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  2. Hey this is really cool and your writing is awesome too. Good job hope all is well miss you. Shel

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    1. Shelly - thank you sweetie :-) Miss our back room chats but its good we can connect up via the IA challenge on weeks that I'm able. Xx

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  3. It's fabulous Lisa, and I love that it meets the challenge criteria in more than one way.

    I used a quote in my art journal that's about happiness, but I think it applies to creativity too. Can't remenmer exactly but it was something like "happiness is like a butterfly - if you chase it, it escapes you, but if you're still for a while it sometimes alights on you" x

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    1. Angie - thank you :-) Yes you did use that wonderful quote in your beautiful journal - its a wise thoughtful piece of advice. Xx

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  4. This is so perfect for the Frida challenge! The colors are vibrant and are so often seen in Mexico. Frida incorporated Mexican color and folk art into her paintings and her clothes and jewelry. I really love this mandala!

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    1. Maggie - thank you for your super kind words :-) It doesn't come out as well on the scan and isn't as good as I'd like in real life either but, like I wrote, I like it for other reasons as well. Kat Xx

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  5. Yay Kat...what a super gorgeous mandala..visually stunning..so expressive and magical..i love manadala work..the colors here are so very creational and your work is inspirational...pure magic! I love the feeling of being pulled into this magical space and flowing outward..powerful piece!

    I love what you wrote! I agree. for me..painting/creating art is everything to me..it has carried me through struggle..transformed me through illness..and transported me into a blissful space of joy..new worlds to explore..i am grateful and thankful for art..and also to meet kindreds like you..shine on...your work is powerful and sparks my soul!
    HUgs
    victoria

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    1. Victoria - your such a sweetheart. Thank you for your lovely comment & continuing encouragement! Kat Xx

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  6. This is a great mandala. It reminds me very much of some Aztec calendars I've seen. Great entry for the challenge.

    Darla

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  7. Viva La Mandalea!!!! It's Gorgeous!
    I have been struggling creatively too this week.
    I was working in Maggie's Art Journal,
    and if it would have been mine I would have ripped the pages out...I am not sure what I will do about it, other than write an apology letter, LOL.
    Love you Kat!

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    1. Lisa - thank you :-) I'm certain that your artwork is gorgeous but that we are all our own worst critics. It is scary knowing we can't rip out pages. But perhaps good for us too! Hugs, Kat Xx

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  8. Kat, your mandala is beautiful! It illustrates so creatively how beauty often comes out of the trial and tribulations of life!

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    1. Craftymoose - thank you for your lovely comment. Kat :-)

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  9. Beautiful Mandala, it does have a Mexican feeling about it! Thank you for sharing the struggles of creating it! <3

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    1. Anne - thank you :-) Glad it conveyed a Mexican feel. Kat X

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  10. Beautiful mandala Kat. The colors are so juicy!!
    How have you been? Hope all is well.

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    1. gemma - thank you :-) I'm okay, usual ups & downs, thanks for asking. Kat X

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  11. It's wonderful, Kat. Congratulations on listening to your husband and conquering your hurdles. You go girl! I hope you are feeling better. It has been such a long time since you started having problems. Let me know. Take care and a big hug to you,
    Tammy

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    1. Tammy - oh thank you for your lovely supportive comment :-) I'm okay. Usual ups & downs health wise. Thanks for asking. Hugs, Kat Xx

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  12. So interesting that you're writing about an ebb in your creative energy and I wrote today about the flow of mine! I certainly can relate to the days where it's lacking. How brave of you to keep going! (The mandala is wonderful, btw!!). My biggest inspiration is nature. But other artists inspire me as do books and magazines. For the online class I'm taking right now one of the exercises was to create a list of things that I love. Having that page filled to the brim with things that I love is very inspiring, too.

    Oh, and your journal looks like it turned out beautifully!

    Hope that you're feeling a bit more creative this week! Hugs to you!!

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    1. Anne - great to hear your creative energy has been up & flowing! Nature is a wonderful source of inspiration, I agree. Thank you for your lovely comment. Hugs, Kat Xx

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  13. This is great, I love the colors and shapes! Way to go working through a creative slump, it came out very nice!

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  14. I understand how you feel, getting stuck, as I struggle with that too-- you'd never know it with how beautifully this came out!

    The colors are striking, and it is very accurate to what I've seen of indigenous Mexican Art, well done. I'm not sure what you meant by aches and pains, but if they're physical, I send hugs and sympathies. I don't talk about it much, but I have been having chronic pain and injury problems with my dominant hand for over a year, which came unexpectedly. Physical pain that affects your work is very difficult to deal with, but as far as what can inspire a person to go on? A need to create, no matter how hurt or discouraged or stuck feeling, experimentation with other mediums or techniques (switching hands, using a tool or material you never have), when you realize others love and are affected by what you do (think of all the people here on I.A. who love your work and look forward to it whenever you post!), and that you owe it to yourself to be who you are-- and part of who you are is an artist and a creator. Plus, it sounds like your family loves and believes in you-- sometimes, listening to what others see in us, that we may not see, can make all the difference.

    Admittedly, I am much better at giving this advice than taking it, but I do hope you feel better and continue to be inspired. Hugs and lots of love and luck to you.

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    1. craftydvl - thank you so much for writing this thoughtful, helpful, kind & supportive comment. It really does mean a lot that you took the time to share your own story and engage with mine. Thank you! Hugs, Kat Xx

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  15. Exciting stuff. God bless as you.
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