Exploring Self Portrait Art
Creating a self portrait can be a cumbersome project if you let it. Initially I was taught a self portrait was a drawing or painting of your face or entire body.
Thankfully other teachers presented new ways of seeing self and expressing ideas of self in artwork. They talked about incorporating things I was interested in doing, seeing, and even eating. All these things were part of me and could be brought into a self portrait. The two pencil drawings shown in this hub give a peek into what I was interested in at that time.
This self portrait was taken in a local park for a photography class assignment. I used an Olympus OM1 camera and black and white 400 ASA film. Digital photography was not around so it was dark rooms that smelled of developer and fixer chemicals and I loved every minute of it!
Self Portraits in Other Mediums
The oil painting and water color self portraits were done from a photograph I had taken back in the late 1970's in Boston. I liked the emotion in the photograph and wanted to see if I could capture it in a painting as well.
- Vincent Van Gogh Self Portraits
Vincent Van Gogh painted over 30 self-portraits.
Thoughts about Art as a Teenager
Strokes, lines and curves are the only escapes I know.
A place, time, a sense of being.
Someone who has importance no matter the circumstances.
The amount of talent you have can only be measured by the creator, you.
What you express are your moods and deep feelings about life and how you fit in as a person.