So. National Portfolio Day, for anyone who does not have artistic offspring, is a day when representatives from 40 or 50 art schools show up at a mammoth convention center to review the portfolios of the senior-level prospective art students who bring them to be critiqued. There must have been a thousand kids at the Javits Center today, maybe more, and an equal number of accompanying parents, most of them standing in line at one school's booth, holding a place for their kids, while the kids stood on line for another school. This is how I learned that behind every accomplished young artist stands at least one awesomely supportive parent, swallowing his fears about how the hell his kid is going to support herself, and doing everything possible to just help her achieve her dreams. Here is my lovely daughter, turning her back on me when she saw me trying to take a picture of her:
Okay, now here comes the really Top Secret part. You remember that you're sworn to secrecy, right? Well then, here are a few of my favorite items from her portfolio. A still life:
A sketch entitled "Scream:"
And the aptly titled "Me Picking My Nose:"