Saturday, June 20, 2015

Frida's Magnolias Oil Painting on Canvas by k Madison Moore

Frida’s Magnolias

Forever Frida Series

14 x 18 Frida Kahlo Oil Painting on Canvas


Frida's Magnolia / Floral Painting

This is another dream. I was researching Frida and found this lovely 
painting she created of Magnolias and other flowers. That night I had a
dream of Frida surrounded by Magnolias and wearing her arrangement
in her painting as a headpiece.  Went to my studio early am and started 
right in and this is what evolved. Love it when things like this happen.

There are so many meanings for the representation of the Magnolia that can refer to Frida. Maybe that is why she favored them. Here are a few.

The Pear Cactus Flower is a representation of life and death existing in many of Frida Kahlo's paintings. Also in the right of the flower arrangement there is a open calla lily which is not very obvious at all. The artist put it there most likely because calla lily is the favorite color of her husband Diego Rivera and it showed up in lots of Diego's paintings.

The Magnolia Tree was named after a French Botanist Pierre Magnolia in the 1600’s. The scent of the flower depend on which variety of Magnolia is used. Each color leads to a different meaning.  The White Magnolia Flowers stand for purity and perfection.

During the Victorian times, the magnolia flowers symbolized dignity, nobility, poise, and pride. 

The strength of its bloom is also symbolic of self-respect and self-esteem.

 Since these flowers represent durability, strength of character, and bearing, they are widely used in weddings.

 Magnolias are also associated with the life force and therefore can be sent over on the occasion of birth.

 These flowers also represent a love of nature.

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