Self Portrait Ideas for Painting

Painting a self-portrait should provide you with an outlet for expressing your personality and feelings about yourself. Whether you enjoy the outdoors or prefer to brood at home, art can help you to express yourself when words fail. Choosing a background or theme for your portrait shouldn't be arbitrary and should reflect your emotions and perspective at the time of painting.


If you feel that you are not completely honest, or hiding a portion of your personality, you can create a portrait in which your face blends into various colors of the background. Create the general shape of your face and then distort it so that it becomes part of the entire picture. Use colors that reflect how you feel at the moment, such as reds for anger and blues for relaxation and healing. Think carefully about the colors and how you will use them to express a deeper meaning in your painting.


Paint your portrait against a natural scene. If you like the forest, you can paint a portrait of yourself among the trees. Place a mountain in the background to reflect an expansive viewpoint or use a running stream to reflect movement and progress. Think about what the nature scene represents and decide is it adds to the ability of the portrait to express an emotion, mood or feeling. The possibilities are as limitless as nature, think carefully about what scene will work best for your personality.


Portraits are often done of people sitting at a table, drinking coffee or sitting at home. Use light colors such as yellow and pastel colors to reflect a tranquil relaxed feeling. Darker colors will help to create a feeling of isolation and restriction. Pay careful attention to the mood that the color can create in a painting. You can choose to make yourself the most prominent part of the painting and show that the home is secondary, or make the home the most prominent part, showing your dependence on home life.


If you ever feel like you are a mixture of two completely different people then you can indicate that in your painting with a little planning. Split the face in half. One side can be accepting and happy, while the other side can be distrusting and sad. The dichotomy you present is up to you and there are many possibilities to choose from. Consider having one side indicate the face you show the public, while the other side is a reflection of how you feel internally.


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