Wednesday, May 14, 2008

If this doesn't give you nightmares (you are not asleep)


Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo portraits in watermelon.

See the related article on food carving in today's NYT. Or not.

3 comments:

Don Luis said...

I'm awake and it gives me nightmares.

I'm a big Kahlo fan; I have a print of "Self-portrait with Monkeys" not 6' from my chair, and this looks very much like an attempt to copy that, only in a mirror image. The unibrow is almost right. The lips are too big. The part in her hair is going the wrong way. She did not have Elvis sideburns. I've never seen a picture or a painting of her with her hair Cher style.

I once carved a bust of Frank Zappa out of a potato, but I had enough respect to keep it to myself.

tyronebcookin said...

I do this kind of work (good money on the side sometimes) most of mine were watermelons although I did several vegetables and even detailed garnishments...(although my own watermelons for my wedding were pretty straightforward and simple) I have been known to take 8 hours on a detailed watermelon complete with all the bride and groom, rings, doves, ribbons and all that such carved out...

the article was pretty true in the essence that anyone who seems to be good and serious does not buy the 40 piece carvings sets...I do most of mine with an etch-a-sketch knife , really thin grinded down paring knife, and skewer for working out the 'meat' and picking and poking things...

I soon got even smarter and now use a cordless rechargeable dremel (available at your local hardware store and/or walmart/target)to complete drawing and freehand details much quicker then finish the sharpness or fine-tuning with the knives...although you need a backup charge, they usually only seem good for a solid 2 hours of consistent carving.

Oh, but I usually don't do heads like the picture you have! LOL!

Fala said...

WOW