20 x 20
So I debated about whether or not to post this one or not. I’m not one for taking pictures of myself much less a painting of myself, but I decided, what-the-heck, post it. First I’ll say, I like the painting. It turned out exactly the way I planned it. It’s colorful and fun and I captured the things about myself that I wanted to. But, painting myself meant that I would have to take a good look at myself. It’s not that I’m not familiar with the photo that I used to paint from, it’s my profile pic. It’s that fact that I don’t like to look too hard at myself because that’s when the critical stuff starts happening. I become self conscience of my square face, my squinty eyes and half a dozen other flaws. I start picking myself apart and…well…that’s not healthy.
I made a decision when I started this painting that I wouldn’t judge the girl too harshly. If you focus on the fact that you have a big nose, you’ll end up exaggerating that feature and making it even bigger than it actually is. I tried to focus on the positive, like my eyes may be small, but in this photo, they look happy. I wanted it to be supper colorful and energetic.
So, this is the result. My lesson: Stop being so hard on yourself! Not just about your physical appearance, but your painting skill and everything else about yourself. Take a deep breath. just relax and accept yourself exactly the way you are!