An earlier drawn portrait of Frida I modified several times because I felt the likeness was not striking enough. For inspiration, I used the world-famous portrait of Frida's lover American lover "Nickolas Muray. But despite the fact that the man apparently adored Frida -he even wanted to marry her-, he portrayed her according to the American beauty ideal of the time.
And this is even though Frida's self-portraits show that she was proud of her mustache, eyebrows, and her Mexican and Native American "roots. Her mother was of Indian descent.
Hence, I sat and sketched those 'two faces' of Frida and elaborated on them in the drawing below. Notice also the difference in skin color.
This artworks is offered by Karen Nijst
Karen Nijst has lived in and near her beloved hometown of Maastricht for many years. She currently works as a web developer (Kahlo Websites in Hapert, Brabant) and is responsible for both programming and graphic design . The latter has undoubtedly influenced some of the drawings you can see here.
Karen likes to draw and write as often as possible and sees herself primarily as an illustrator. She can also become fascinated by a photograph. Like the drawing of the market in Maastricht. What are those people thinking? Where are they going? What would their lives be like? Something like that remains fascinating while drawing each little figure -no matter how small- .
Of course also the vastelaovend in Mestreech is subject of many a drawing. A grateful subject even, because only in Maastricht you can find the shoenste scenes. Beautifully dressed up people, wonderful colors ... imaginative and above all: 'chic'.
In recent years, Karen has enjoyed working on paper and, increasingly, on her IPAD Pro.
Karen: &amp;quot;I enjoy the challenge of looking for the best color palette, the right composition and cut-outs. I also often combine different scenes. In addition, it is not my primary goal to portray people in a recognizable manner, unless of course it is a portrait. I just want to capture a certain atmosphere as well as possible!&amp;quot;
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