Master Study - "Viva la Vida Watermelons" after Frida Kahlo - 12"x16" - Acrylic on Canvas


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Original Acrylic Master Study Painting on 1 1/2" Gallery Wrapped Canvas by Jacob Secrest

Backstory: For a few days each week for a couple of months from October-December 2023, I covered maternity leave for Emi’s art teacher at Linden Park Elementary here in Idaho Falls.

For one of the projects I did with the kids, which is what I'd done with the kids when I covered for a few months in 2022, I ordered a 30”x40” large canvas for each grade to paint til the end of the year. In each class, I’d have a group of 4-5 work on the large painting while the rest works on something else. I went over some of the famous artists, and I chose a painting from various artists for each grade to paint. The artists I picked for each grade were K-Piet Mondrian, 1st-Edvard Munch, 2nd-Frida Kahlo, 3rd-Mary Cassatt, 4th-Paul Gauguin, 5th-Andy Warhol, and 6th-James McNeill Whistler.

Within the first week of starting these the first time in 2022, I realized it’s pretty hard for the students to paint from just a photo. So I decided I’d do a 12”x16” painting of each grades’ painting for them to reference. With mine, they could more easily see brushstrokes and paint thickness. It’s also always a very good education for me when I do a master’s study. Each time I’ve painted one, I learn so many new things about colors, design, and techniques. Now that school’s ended and they’re no longer needed as a reference for the students, each of my 7 pieces will be available.

Note: This piece is priced unframed. I do have various framing options. Message me before purchasing if you want it framed!

Title: "'Viva la Vida Watermelons' (1954) after Frida Kahlo"
Year: 2024
Size: 12"x16"
Materials: Acrylic Paint, Canvas
Condition: Excellent

Having suppressed painting for many years in pursuit of my education and supporting a young family, I have rekindled my love for art when I painted an “Umbrella Girl” painting for my daughter and saw the joy and excitement in her eyes.

This is a 100% original painting, hand-painted and signed by me – Jacob Secrest. The colors in the image may be slightly different due to lighting. You are buying directly from the artist, and it ships from Idaho.

Do not hesitate to contact me with questions! I speak English and Spanish.

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