Thought I would share this before I continue my story. Also I plan on interviewing my wife this weekend with recorder in hand. I know it is going to be tough to here some answers but I want her voice to be heard as well.
Last day of school for my kiddos. My oldest (autistic) son apparently painted a self portrait of himself as a requirement for a grade. He did not want to bring it home. And, when I put it in the car, he wanted to destroy it. I have to hide it from him:
First of all, please forgive my ignorance,I wasn't quite aware that you had a son who was Autistic. Maybe I don't spend much time on TAM,or I tend to focus on just the threads I am actively participating in. This is the first time I'm reading / participitating in a thread started by you.
That is a very interesting self portrait done by your son.
I am an amateur artist, I used to sketch and paint as a hobby.
[ lol, haven't done so in quite a while.]
Most artists work are a form of self expression.
whenever I look at art, I try to see it from the angle of the painter / artist.Maybe its just that old part of me.
I look at this portrait, some things are jumping out at me.
1] The background used. What he used was a background of abstract, continuous , asymmetrical lines , shapes and forms.The background commands my attention first.
2]The style / medium. The style he used is normally used by graphic artist in black & white format,which I think its called
Interestingly he contrasts the portrait against an abstract background .
3] In the portrait ,the majority of it is black without much detail.
In the part of the portrait that is supposed to be white, there is a " collage
" along a monochrome colour scheme ,with asymmetrical shapes and lines. Interestingly enough, that part of the portrait is rich with details , including facial expression and the background.
In essence, it is a beautiful piece, even though it's supposed to be a black & white contrast, there is nothing simple about it.
My advice is to preserve it and save it.