Artists have been painting self-portraits for eons. Early painters like Rembrandt painted self portraits as a narrative of their lives. Picasso's self portraits showcased his evolving painting style, whilst painters like Frida Kahlo and Van Gogh, made their lives and emotions the focus of theirs. Self portraits can reveal everything, or absolutely nothing. The latter seems to be the case with Andy Warhol's. Taken over several decades, his expression remained unchanged; bored. Yet the colours, hair and props popped off the canvas.
Running self portrait based art classes is always an enjoyable craft activity to do with aged care residents. Using a photocopy of each person as the canvas, we paint and add to it, remembering accessories, hairstyles and prints from the past to embellish for fun.