Metaphor – the use to describe somebody or something of a word or phrase that is not meant literally but by means of a vivid comparison expresses something about him, her, or itSymbol – something representing something else by association; objects, characters, or another concrete representation of an abstract idea, concept or event.
In this painting, Frida paints herself in a frontal pose to enhance the immediacy of her presence. She has unraveled Christ's crown of thorns and wears it as a necklace, presenting herself as a Christian martyr. The thorns digging into her neck are symbolic of the pain she still feels over her divorce from Diego. Hanging from the thorny necklace is a dead hummingbird whose outstretched wings echo Frida's joined eyebrows. In Mexican folk tradition, dead hummingbirds were used as charms to bring luck in love. Over her left shoulder the black cat, a symbol of bad luck and death, waits to pounce on the hummingbird. Over her right shoulder the symbol of the devil, her pet monkey…a gift from Diego. Around her hair, butterflies represent the Resurrection. Once again, Frida uses a wall of large tropical plant leaves as the background.
Dalí defines his Soft Self-Portrait as an antipsychological self-portrait, for instead of painting the soul or interior he painted only the exterior, the wrapping, “the glove of myself”. But that glove is edible and even beginning to decay, which is why the ants are shown beside the bacon. With this painting he considers himself the most generous of painters, since he offers himself up to be eaten, “thus providing our epoch with succulent nourishment”.
Introduction to Facial Proportion
Portrait Portfolio Assignment #1
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I
couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.
- Georgia O'Keeffe
The elements and principles of art are the language
of art! They replicate the visual world in which we
live. The way we see a room, table, or sunset, involves
these components of art. This is why they are
Activity 1 - Worksheets
Partner up with one of your peers.
Pink Handout – Follow the directions at the bottomr
of the worksheet - use a ruler to measure your
partners face following Lines A, B, C, and D
Worksheet 2 – Following the guidelines on the pink
worksheet, complete the face by adding it’s features
in the correct, proportionate location.
Activity 2 – Observational Portraits
With your partner, complete 2 portrait sketches – 1
frontal view, 1 side view.
Take turns being the sitter and the recorder
(10 minute intervals)
Remember – Focus on getting accurate proportions ..
Don’t get hung up on details!