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