As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

A Tribute to the Women I Admire- (1) – Isabel Allende

March 8 is International Women’s Day. So this week March 5-10, I will present a tribute to some of the women-artists that I admire for their great passion, dedication and conviction.
I have made these tribute portraits in the form of artist trading cards – 2.5″ x 3.5″. I believe the word about the life and works of these women-artists have to be spread as shining examples.  

“Isabel & Her Proud Scars”
A Portrait of Isabel Allende
a literary artist 
who uses her life scars
as inspiration for her stories

a digital collage by Paulina Constancia

“Isabel Allende Llona (born in Lima, Peru, on 2 August 1942) is a Chilean writer with American citizenship. Allende, whose works sometimes contain aspects of the “magic realist” tradition, is famous for novels such as The House of the Spirits (La casa de los espíritus, 1982) and City of the Beasts (La ciudad de las bestias, 2002), which have been commercially successful. Allende has been called “the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author”. Allende’s novels are often based upon her personal experience and pay homage to the lives of women, while weaving together elements of myth and realism.” (Wikipedia)

There have been so many people in her real life, enough to draw characters and inspiration for her books. Isabel Allende says she has lived a long life, and a very eventful one. From her parents’ divorce, living with her grandparents, life as step-daughter of a  career diplomat in Bolivia and Lebanon, life as a journalist, first marriage, children, family life in exile in Venezuela, divorce, living in Europe, remarriage, immigration to the USA, coping with the untimely death of her daughter Paula…the list goes on. It is incredible how she has translated her life pains and challenges into bestselling works of fiction. 
Anyone who has read Isabel Allende’s literary masterpieces or heard her speak, cannot help but be moved and inspired to find their own true passion. There is so much sincerity and clarity in her sense of purpose. She knows what she’s about. She introduces herself as a storyteller. But there is also the other side of Isabel- the advocate for women. She established the Isabel Allende Foundation to pay homage to her late daughter Paula Frias, a graceful and spiritual woman who died at a young age of 28. Isabel Allende is a shining example of how one’s personal tragedy can be transformed into light and hope for humanity.
I thought I’ll let the great storyteller introduce herself. Here is how she starts her biography on her website:
“It is very strange to write one’s biography because it is just a list of dates, events, and achievements. In reality, the most important things about my life happened in the secret chambers of my heart and have no place in a biography. My most significant achievements are not my books, but the love I share with a few people—especially my family—and the ways in which I have tried to help others.
When I was young, I often felt desperate: so much pain in the world and so little I could do to alleviate it! But now I look back at my life and feel satisfied because few days went by without me at least trying to make a difference. In any case here is my biography.”
Images I used to make the photo collage of Isabel Allende:
(1) Isabel -signing autographs – photo credit  (2) Portrait in Sepia book cover,
(3) broken heart artwork by starry eyed kid, (4) Amazing Sunrise Wallpaper

Learn more about Isabel Allende, visit her website
Read more on Isabel’s Life & Works on Notable Biographies

Listen to Isabel’s “Tale of Passion” on TED

Here are some of my favourite Isabel Allende quotes: via Good Reads and Brainy Quote

“Each of us chooses the tone for telling his or her own story. I would like to choose the durable clarity of a platinum print, but nothing in my destiny possesses the luminosity. I live among diffused shadings, veiled mysteries, uncertainties; the tone of telling my life is closer to that of a portrait in sepia.” -Isabel Allende, A Portrait in Sepia“Perhaps we are in this world to search for love, find it and lose it, again and again. With each love, we are born anew, and with each love that ends we collect a new wound. I am covered with proud scars.”- Isabel Allende

“It is a wonderful truth that things we want most in life – a sense of purpose, happiness and hope- are most easily attained by giving them to others.” – Isabel Allende

“Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. That is what I need for my characters in my books: a passionate heart. I need mavericks, dissidents, adventurers, outsiders and rebels, who ask questions, bend the rules and take risks.”
- Isabel Allende

And here is a great quote from Isabel about women:
Happy Women’s Day!
“I can promise you that women working together – linked, informed and educated – can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet.” – Isabel Allende


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