Kid Draws Self-Portrait
Young artist enters figurative period
The self-portrait that I have reproduced here in extremely high fidelity was one of Kina’s assignments for her second week of school, and I think it’s fair to say that the result is pret-ty stunning for this devoted abstractionist. At this time last year, our little Picasso was giving us rough lines, solid fields of primary colors, and paper-ripping ballpoint squiggles. Her recent foray into faces (as noted in the commentary on a recent Parade) has been fascinating, but limited—coyly primitive, even. And yet, today’s portrait, which demonstrates the artist’s new and rudimentary command of hair, also features two of her signature purple “buns” and what appears to be a blue face snake. The original, a masterpiece in pastels, can be seen by appointment on our fridge.