This painting was created as an entry for the 'Kahlo Challenge' art contest, as sponsored by the Bohemia Beer company. The challenge of the contest was to take inspiration from the artwork by the great Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo (without violating copyright!), while incorporating positive reflections of the Bohemian Beer brand. For my piece, I found inspiration within Frida Kahlo's many iconic and enigmatic self-portraits. Painted on a salvaged vintage canvas panel I prepared and hand-embellished with layers of paper for maximum texture and effect, I created a tribute portrait of the Lady herself. One of Mexico's most esteemed daughters, she wears the colors of the Mexican flag. Her jewelery reflects the rich amber tones of the brewed beverage. The offering of fruit below the portrait is a nod to Frida's work in the still life genre -- I included watermelon, as well as a lemon, to reflect both the sweet and bitter nature of Frida's troubled yet full and passionate life. Included is an opulent rendering of a bottle of delectable Bohemia Beer, so appealing and refreshing in appearance it has caught even Frida's eye...!
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