"Sometimes I go months without looking"
- Phil Connors, Groundhog Day
Introspection takes courage
I'm not brave or detached.
But kids are.
Their take on flaws is joyful.
They delight in uniqueness.
Pip, Winnie and Sugar Snack entered their first art exhibition last week.
They were thrilled to see their self-portraits
along with other darlings in the
The exhibition sparked a theme with us.
We've been doing self-portraits in art and word.
How do you see yourself?
If you draw, try thirty second sketches.
my thirty second effort:
Try it with your eyes closed.
my closed eyes effort:
Oops. Not nice. Ouch.
It's good to look.
I don't examine my flaws with a microscope, but it's definitely good to look.
At least at the paper.
Whatever I look like, it's an improvement on the
I'm a pen and ink girl at heart.
If you write, try quick self-portrait studies.
I tried a word self-portrait as haiku:
My Other Self, Not Called "Mama"
Eyebrows outline me
Club nose, smudge eyes, curvy lips
soft hair, song voice, hips
I hunger, I crave
warm sunlight, cool rain, word, breath
music, paint and bread
Pain teaches, sands down
crisp edges, all my best is
peace, salt, light, love, rest
I have brann hair
I have a noze
I have a maos
Try to think like a kid, a traveler, or an artist.
Enjoy your knobby knees, your fleshy bits, the wiggly part at the back of your arms, the smooth nubbiness of a mole, eyelashes that go on forever, spriggy white hairs.
I have curly hayr
one and a haf teeth
What do you see when you look?
More good dirt:
This week Molly Blaisell reflects on self-portraits.
A great children's book about discovering the inner artist:
The Dot by Peter Reynolds.