First of all, I thought about apologizing for neglecting this blog for so very long, but whatever. I think we can all accept the fact that I'm a lazy slacking procrastinator so let's move on and get to this latest installment of the psycho.
My baby, my Terzo, my adorable little boy with the long, curly, surfer dude hair and drama queen tendencies has turned out to be an art prodigy. Given his father's artistic talents, this is hardly surprising. And like all true artists, Terzo pushes boundaries with his work, defying conventions and shattering all preconceived notions about the subject matter of childhood art. Terzo's astounding gift first appeared when, at the tender age of four, he proudly handed me this drawing:
A year or so later, Terzo produced another work in honor of Mother's Day. Traditionally, children choose subjects such as hearts, smiley faces, or flowers for Mother's Day art. Not content to confine himself to such stereotypes, Terzo instead chose to take his love for me in another direction entirely.
Frida Kahlo. Being five years old is difficult. Making the transition to kindergarten where the crowds of adoring little girls only got bigger (not to mention the pressure of having the teacher wrapped firmly around his little finger) caused a level of stress that Terzo could only express through his art. Mother's Day Vampire with Unibrow, like the earlier dragon work, speaks to us about the draining drudgery of day to day life. Or maybe it means, "Mom, when you forget to buy chocolate chip waffles you are draining me of the will to live."
Terzo turned six this past year and, as his recent art demonstrates, has clearly matured. His work explores new themes and invokes visceral reactions from his audience (i.e. his siblings and parents). The sensitive nature of his latest pieces turned him inward with reflection. His new-found maturity is shy, causing him to hide his work until he feels his audience is emotionally ready to absorb his latest message. In other words, he folds his drawings up really, really small and tapes them into little envelopes and hides them from his mother. Because true art must be revealed to the world, it is my sacred duty to wait until he's asleep, sneak into his room, scan his drawings into the computer, and share them with all of you. Be warned, this type of high art is only for the truly cultured to appreciate.
Finally, I submit this last work for your artistic consideration, simply titled Nude Kid. Although Terzo also hid this work in a tiny, homemade envelope, I feel it is important for the world to be exposed to this kind of raw genius.
I am taking offers from serious collectors wanting to purchase an original Terzo. His best work must remain with us as part of his portfolio for applying to art school, but because it's only a matter of time before the school psychologist misunderstands my precious prodigy, any future sales of his artwork will be placed into a therapy fund.