A friend of mine, Leslie, once suggested that I do an abstract self-portrait that reflected the true me through color and shape. That is what I have done with this piece. It is done on a watercolor postcard in cray-pas. I started with the color blue as I love that color and started to draw curvy lines because I love shapes that move and swirl. I added green as that is also a favorite color. The those colors and the swirls made me think of the ocean. I grew up very close to the ocean and hate to be far from it. I don’t think I could live happily in a state that didn’t have a coast. I added a yellow center, sort of the sun and brightness and then added bits of red. I like the color red but it also represents the fiery Irish in me that sometimes surfaces! Then I started thinking about Autumn. I love Autumn and so I drew in a bare tree on the right side and began adding fall colors to the bottom to represent leaves that had fallen. I was swirling the orange and a pumpkin-like shape appeared. The center looked almost like a rainbow so I added purple. Who doesn’t like rainbows? I smoothed the entire piece with a white cray-pas to soften and blend the colors together. The “sky” portion looked a bit lonely so I added a bit of color. I thought of all the sunsets I’ve enjoyed over the years. And there you have it. A piece of me – not recognizable – but “me” just the same!