This is the very first time that Simon has made a piece of art that is discernible to the eye of an adult. This is his self-portrait, and I sat by him as he painted it, explaining to me that he was giving himself “yellow hair” and many-colored “lips”. He took great care to include eyes, nose, mouth, hair, legs and even hands (which are the two little fingerprint smudges on the left). This is how my child sees himself right now.
As an artist Mom, I get a thrill out of this. Self-portraits are a terrific opportunity for self-expression, and it makes me proud to see all of the colors that my child uses, boldly, to represent himself.
I have loved all of his previous baby scribbles, and all of the things he would tell me about them– “Mumma, this is an airplane and it is coming down from the sky and the people run away cuz they are scared but the airplane it just tickles them.”–in his toddler run-on sentences. Now he is using his knowledge of shape, line, and color to convey a visual message that can be interpreted. Not that I ever want him to think there is no value in the abstract, but actually being able to see what he is seeing (to some extent) is exciting.
I love this self-portrait that my little guy made, and I am planning to frame it and hang it on the wall.