The week 4 challenge for Colour Me Positive was all about self-belief. The quotation prompt was “Believe in yourself and magic will happen”. The other suggested prompt was to incorporate a self-portrait. I find it useful to create self-portraits ever so often. The subject is readily available and familiar and drawing the same thing repeatedly over time is a good way of charting progress. I again gave myself just 15 minutes to complete the art journal page – my morning mug of tea time – so I worked in ink, my “go to” medium.
My husband thinks this is one of the strongest self-portraits I have ever drawn. It does, I agree, capture the essence of me as well as a likeness.
I was tempted to leave it just as was, just the drawing and no more, but the self-belief prompt was nagging at me. My cupboards are rather bare of self-belief at present for one reason or another. I was put in mind of the Dr Seuss quotation, ” I said, and said, and said those words. I said them but I lied them”. I wrote the words on the page knowing I did not believe them at that juncture. However, maybe writing them will be the kick start to adopting them.