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When Art is Work and Work is Art, Krista Nicole on Inspirations and Aspirations

When Art is Work and Work is Art, Krista Nicole on Inspirations and Aspirations

An image that’s often painted about artists is that they’re all free spirits who wake up at noon and don’t worry too much about work or responsibilities, it all just comes naturally and without much effort. I think we even accept unreliability as an inevitable consequence of having a creative mind.  I haven’t met a single one of these artists. I’ve especially found women artists to be hardworking, dedicated and disciplined. There’s no better example than Krista Nicole, an Arizona-based illustrator and graphic designer who has run an art business online since high school, worked as a seamstress to get through...

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Denise Cortes on Frida Inspiration and Raising 6 Kids While Living a Creative Life

Denise Cortes on Frida Inspiration and Raising 6 Kids While Living a Creative Life

This is an ongoing series about the women behind the art on Frida Vibes. You can read them all here. Denise Cortes wearing her Frida Split in Two Shirt I remember when I first found Denise Cortes’ Frida portraits on Instagram, a whole series of colorful, soulful representations of Frida Kahlo. I spent time with each one of them looking at the layers, the colors, the patterns, the eyes. At the time I had just quit the second consecutive stressful, all-consuming job. I felt like during those years, everything about me and who I really was in the world had...

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Anna Mollekin on Making Time for Family and Art

Anna Mollekin on Making Time for Family and Art

This is the first piece in an ongoing series about the women behind the art on Frida Vibes. We are their biggest fans and are excited to share their stories with you! I first came across New Zealand artist Anna Mollekin’s digital Frida Kahlo portraits on Instagram 3 years ago. They were so vibrant, beautiful and unique. They had Frida’s familiar face and were based on photographs of her, but had their own modern point of view and style. I was impressed with how much emotion Anna was able to capture even with crisp, sharp digital lines.  Over the last...

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