portrait of the artist’s mother on the occasion of her 40th birthday, as drawn on a paper diner placemat



“Mommy,” as drawn by Theo, age 2 and 3/4, on June 9, 2011. Ink on paper placemat. Private collection.

19 thoughts on “portrait of the artist’s mother on the occasion of her 40th birthday, as drawn on a paper diner placemat

  1. Happy 40th birthday, Alejna. Hope you don’t find turning 40 traumatic — strange as it may seem, I didn’t. Rather, turning 21 and 30 upset me more!!

    Re Theo’s artwork: What is that protuberance coming out of the figure (of you)’s head? Did you have a hat or something on? :b

    1. Thanks, Y! I haven’t so much been traumatized by turning 40 as I have become increasingly aware that I am no longer in my 20s. (I’m sorry if that sentence doesn’t make sense. I should get to bed.)

      As for the picture, the protuberance is anyone’s guess.

  2. I.. actually like this a lot. Although I can’t quite figure out which way is up? Are you lying down? With a yam in your ear? (I mean, why *wouldn’t* you be?)

    1. I like it, too. Theo has really only just starting representational art that is in anyway identifiable, so I was actually quite impressed. I can’t quite make sense of which end is up (maybe there are mulitple possibilities), but I can see that it’s a person. As for my pose, in the diner I was neither lying down, nor had a yam in my ear. However, Theo may have decided to use his artistic license.

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