Portraying the Mind.

Doug Weaver Art


I’m going to start this blogging project with an old painting. This self-portrait is about 4 years old.

Artists get a lot of criticism from non-artists for painting an abundance of self-portraits. It seems very conceited to always draw your own face. However, there are a lot of reasons for them:

1. Models are expensive. Most artists can’t afford to drop the hundreds of dollars it can cost to get a model to sit for a few hours. When we are looking for a figure to practice or experiment with it makes sense to use our own faces. There is no reason to spend time and money finding a subject for something you aren’t sure about, and if you destroy your own image there is no one to be upset about it.

2. To identify oneself. When an artist is processing information, they do it through their work. Everyone is…

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