Thursday, December 17, 2009

Paula Cravens

Solstice Headdress

12x12 acrylic

This is painting of myself wearing my solstice headdress. Occasionally, I wear it about town, much to the awe of my neighbors. I haven’t attempted many self-portraits but here I am wattles and all. I started painting full-time the last five years. I have waited my whole life to be able to do this and I am so happy.

Paula Cravens

Crazy Ravens Studio

Monday, November 23, 2009

Kathleen McHugh

"On The Amgen Bridge"
oil on canvas

The thought of a self-portrait never occurred to me until I saw a
photo someone took of me while I was so
engrossed in what I was doing that I became completely oblivious to my
surroundings. It seemed to be material
for exploring what a moment of the creative process would look like
frozen in time by oil paint.

Jennifer Zoellner

I am a mail artist. Sometimes I send self portraits in the mail. This is my latest piece that was sent to Mark Bloch. This piece is acrylics on a vintage record. I also do oil paintings, make rag dolls, jewelry, and artist books. My one true love is mail art. I have a current mail art call that anyone can enter. All work is shown on the website and at a future show. I have two blogs www.jenniferzoe.blogspot and

Pattie Wall

This self-portrait is painted in pastel on velour paper. As an artist, I have tried many, many self portraits. I feel good about this latest one. It is the best likeness I have achieved over time and that was my goal when I set out to paint it. I can even see the "Kem" family resemblance - my ancestors who have gone before me. It measures about 9" x 12". Keeping the pastel strokes loose and pushing myself on the skintones was another goal. It's worked from my own photo of which I took several - one day in a lull moment. Painting other people is an easier task than painting yourself, I feel.

My blog address is

Monday, October 19, 2009

Edward Burton

Title: Edward Burton, 8"x10", oil on canvas

It's been MANY years since I've done a self portrait - this was well overdue.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Louise B. Hafesh

Oil on Linen 11 x 14.

Even though I look like the prison matron at a correctional center, I learned a great deal from this self portrait, including that I should crack a slight smile on the next one.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Dorothy Siclare

oil on canvas

I did this a few years ago and now seeing the portraits on this blog makes me want to do it again and see how (or if) I have progressed.

Sharon Wright

Me Again
Me Three

This was one of five prizewinners on BBC The One Show Summer Exhibition.
My overwhelming passion is painting portraits and people because they are so diverse and endlessly fascinating. This self portrait was inspired by numerous double and triple aspect portraits through the ages, all of which I love. The composition came straight from 'The Three Graces' sculpture by Antonio Canova.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Lucie Geffre

130x97 cm
Acrylics and Oil on Canvas

I'm sending you a self-portrait that has just been selected in a painting competition in Spain. It's 130x97 cm, acrilics and oil on canvas.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ria Vanden Eynde

Acrylic on Canvas

I'm blogging on posting pieces that are about my surviving 2 cancers. While being treated paintings by Frida Kahlo often came to my mind. Whenever I look at 'The Broken Column,' for instance, I experience compassion. Now, I've started to paint myself, inspired by her and other artists. To me, painting works as a language in the cancer-context, as a journal medium and this blog as an illustrated journal of sorts.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Dana Cooper

Having some time this afternoon, I decided to paint a self portrait. I've been wanting to do one just to see my progress from the last one I did over six months ago. I would rather paint almost anything other than me, but the time had come to chart my progress. This was done from a photo rather than life, I can stay very still that way!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Katharine Cartwright

The title is "My Vanity" representing both my personality flaw and the physical surface where I apply make-up. The viewer may see only my reflection in the mirror, which represents how I choose to view myself and not my real face. My reflection doesn't show the wrinkles, sags, and spots that have developed with time and advanced age. If you look closely, you'll see a fly on the mirror base. 18th Century paintings used the fly
as a symbol for death, which is my future.  Oil on panel.

Dean Grey

Mixed media on watercolor paper - 8" x 10"

This "ugly" self-portrait represents the warped, negative way I view myself. The loathing, the shame, the hurt.

It's the "ugliness" deep inside manifested into a physical form. All the "issues" with
the way I look laid bare for the world to see.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Barbara Sailor

This is one of my self-portraits which I  painted on ¼ sheet 140 lb. Arches hot-pressed w/c paper.  I did this concentrating on a strong light source and shadows with a minimum of strokes.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Myrna Wacknov

Here is a self portrait on gessoed watercolor paper full sheet 22 x 30.  I teach watercolor portraiture.  In the advanced class, I assign a self portrait.  I really had fun with the assignment, myself.  It is a wonderful way to learn to accept oneself.  I was 64 when I started the self portrait process.  Definitely a time for reflection.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Peter Yesis

Hear NO Evil
oil on masonite

Midnight Raider 8"x10" oil on canvas board

These are all part of the series of 30  Self Portraits in approximately 30 Days. All part of the exercise of daily painting practice. I hope you enjoy them.


My story as an artist is as many others, I think. I was drawing from the day I can remember. Hoping one day I could become an artist. I was born and raised in Leeuwarden (Holland) in 1962 but started my career as a graphic art designer. I always knew and felt that drawing and painting was the job to be. Inspired by Rembrandt, I read books about Rembrandt when I was a kid, and later influenced by Maris, Israels and Breitner I really started painting in 2006. I started to experiment with all kinds of mediums and felt that oil was the best medium to express myself. What I like in a painting is the game between light and shadows. That is an important aspect in my work. To create a balance between light and dark in order to get a certain atmosphere. This sometimes leads to commissions. At the moment I find myself painting more with soft edges. I discovered that soft edges emphasizes the mood I am looking for in a painting. 

Self portrait - oil on canvas - 23 x 31 inches - 2008

Joy Logan

I took a photo of me, then did a dark painted background on canvas board. Then I drew small lined squares onto the canvas board and the enlarged photo. With bunches of catalogs and magazines I cut out coordinating patterns and colored squares til I was happy with the colors and placement for my self portrait. Then I glued them into place and coated the whole 20X16 canvas board collage with acrylic matte gel. I didn't work on this piece straight thru,it was over a few months. I love doing collage. Joy Logan 

Friday, May 15, 2009

Dana Patterson

Not Quite All There
  Self-portrait, graphite on Bristol
Returning to serious art study after, oh, 32 years of life getting in the way. 
Dana Patterson

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

David Lobenberg

This SP is a 15"X20" watercolor on 140LB cold press watercolor paper.


Daniel Kent

11x13-1/4 on 140 lb. coldpress paper
Holed up in a Virginia hotel for three-plus hours. Watercolors in hand. I look around. Nothing interesting to paint. But, wait - there's a table in front of a mirror, there's a lamp to one side, and when I look straight ahead .. 

Three-plus hours later, and I have completed my first self-portrait in watercolors. Life is good. 
My blog is Dan's Canvas, and it is at

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Marilyn King

Oil on Ampersand Gesso Board

Although I've been drawing and painting for over 30 years, I'd never taken the time to paint myself.  After participating in a portrait swap at the end of last year through Karin Jurick's blog "Different Strokes from Different Folks", I was inspired to give myself the gift of a self-portrait.  I wanted to go for that serious, sensitive, "see through your soul look", but I think I just look like I'm going to cry. I think I should have left my glasses on. hehe ----- email ------ my painting journey blog ------ poor man's website

Monday, April 27, 2009

Ujwala Prabhu


Pen and Ink

 I find that I have complete freedom when I attempt to draw myself with no worries about the sitter or their expectations - imagined or otherwise.

Maya - - art portfolio blog
draw the line- - experiment, experience, learn and grow
Blog Schmlog - - links to online art resources

Dominique Eichi

The Highlight of My Day

Here is my self portrait of waiting to get my hair done desperately looking for something to draw until I really looked at myself and saw that was the funniest drawing I could do at that moment.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Felicity Grace

"The self portrait was the result of one of those occasions when you see a face in the mirror and suddenly realise it's your own! I felt very unwell with an approaching migraine and I thought the pain showed in my expression. With this portrait I think I finally accepted that migraines have and will probably always be a part of my life. As the pain subsides and I can get up and get on with my life, I try to embrace the fact that they force me to stop and appreciate the most important things in life - namely health and family."

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Belinda Del Pesco

studio: 818-640-3475

Carol Nelson

Mixed Up Carol Nelson Self Portrait
Nine Mini Canvases

This is a self portrait I did on nine mini canvases, each 4x4. Each canvas can be moved around. I thought this mixed up version was far more interesting than when they were assembled correctly. I did the portrait for a portrait show where they were going to pick the best ones to be on a calendar. My portrait made the cover! Never thought of myself as a cover girl, but I guess I can say that now.


Laura Lein-Svencer

Self Portrait
Matted Collage

Here is my self portrait I just finished and actually I'm having my collage class do one like it, too. I found that a self portrait can be many things.
Collage Artist
Teacher, Workshop Facilitator
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Website> www.lauralein-svencner

Sophie Ploeg

30x25 cm

Self Portrait

This portrait was a finalist in the Artists and Illustrators Magazine Self Portrait Competition in 2007, and it was published in the UK magazine.

See what is just off the easel on my Blog


Johanna Spinks

This was painted from life using a mirror in one sitting of about four hours.

Monday, April 20, 2009

David Larson Evans

Manon Doyle

Just Me
Journal Page 
Mixed Media

It's funny..... I just blogged my self portrait las week. The name of this journal page is Just Me. It is an 8" x10" mixed media journal page. I spoke about how turning forty was a bummer to me but that something unexpected happened....... I found myself. Through the realization of no longer being " young" I discovered who I really was.

The Devine Miss M

Ok- just to show that I can play in more than one sandbox....this is the first actual physical drawing I've done in a couple of years! It's pencil on gray pastel paper. I suppose it's really just a start, but I wanted to play, too!

Holly Bedrosian

Self Portrait with Tea
Colored Pencil on Sanded Paper

I set up a photograph to work from for this piece. More recently I began experimenting with creating a self portrait working from a  mirror, a task that has proven very challenging. I am now working in oil, pastel, and colored pencil, and I focus on portraits and figurative fine art.

Nicole Caulfield

Self Portrait with Still Life
Colored Pencils

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Peggi Habets

The Conflict

 Peggi is a portrait artist specializing in contemporary, expressive portraits of people and pets.





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Paula Villanova

This is an unusual self portrait, isn't it? Paula Villanova, one of my blogging buddies, said she is working on another one, but part of this is used as her avatar.

54 Squared
Paula Villanova

Self Portraits in Colored Pencil

Ann Kullberg ( I think of her as the Mother of Colored Pencil Portraits) sent me a link to her Members' Show 2006, because the theme was self portraits. 
Go to to see these fine paintings.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Deborah Ross

Welcome. I hope you feel comfortable here and will share your self portraits with the rest of us..... Even the ones you have thrown in the back of your closet or in your basement. I hope to see many submissions to this blog. Seeing each others' self portraits will be not only entertaining, but hopefully we can learn something from each other. All you have to do is email a sharp jpg with a title, size, medium and your name and blog or website address. If you'd like to give some background on the piece, that would be cool. Sorry, no photographs, no digital artwork. Only drawings and paintings.

If you recognize the painting below, you have seen it used as my avatar when I post comments on other artists' blogs. It's just part of the first self portrait I ever did, which was about two years ago. Well, that was the first painted sp. Really the first was a pencil drawing done in about 1972. I'll try to dig that up.

acrylics, collage
(just a detail)

Colored Pencils

I just finished this self portrait a few weeks ago. Now I've started another which will be a partner to this.