The purpose of painting these self-portraits has been to illustrate my experience of the creative process. Also, I wanted to be vulnerable both in my writing and in my illustration, and a self-portrait is usually pretty revealing for an artist.
But, I had no clue that there would be another outcome from this process of painting of self-portraits. As a result of putting the image of myself into my art (the thing that I cherish doing the most - the thing that feeds my soul ), I began to transfer my love for my art onto myself, which has led to self acceptance and joy.
I am 39 years old, and it has taken me that many years to feel this way - this loving of myself. So wild!
That isn’t to say that I don’t fall back into old patterns of looking for love in all the wrong places - like food , social media likes, etc.
I am still struggling with those false external validations.
But overall, I am delighted by this unexpected outcome of trying to paint myself.
I recommend looking at yourself in the mirror and talking to yourself like you would your baby self, because you are as wonderful, sweet, beautiful, and cute now as you were then. Plus, it’s a really funny thing to do.
Always be kind and loving to yourself as you would to your loved ones and to your other passions. It’s amazing the effect it will have!
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.