Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Halloween

This year, the entire family got into the Halloween spirit and we celebrated together with a costume party. My husband and I dressed up as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, two very famous Mexican artists from the early 1900's.

Frida's artwork is a little too dark for my taste. It expresses a lot of tragedy, as well as emotional and physical pain that she endured throughout her lifetime. But after watching "Frida," a 2002 film starring Salma Hayek (as Frida) and Alfred Molina (as her husband, Diego Rivera), I learned to appreciate her work and talent.

Below is the image of Frida and Diego we tried to recreate:
From left to right, you'll see Alfred Molina and Salma Hayek, a painting of Diego and Frida in the center, and then my husband and I to the far right.

Being the crafty person that I am, instead of buying a painter's palette that I'd probably never use again, I created the one below out of chipboard.

I cut out pictures of Frida and Diego to represent the paint on the palette, which also served as a tool to explain to people who we were dressed as, in case they were not familiar with our characters. As an added touch, I taped two used brushes on the back for easy handling, so we weren't dropping our photo props all over the place.

The party was lots of fun, and hubby and I were very proud of our homemade costumes. We only spent $9 total, which went towards his clothes that we purchased at Goodwill.

1 comment:

Mr Perez said...

I like this Dio !
You guys are very very creative !!!