The Challenge: Discover something new about yourself as you create a self-portrait based on a photograph of yourself that you don't particularly like (as I said already, I used an image that i liked. no rules for art, remember?)
The idea was to pause every 15 minutes and reflect upon what I might be discovering about myself as I worked. The prompt came with the following fill-in-the-blank statements:
"I'm discovering this about myself: I seem to favor bright colors, an eccentric sense of fashion."
"Maybe I'm discovering that I'm a unique person. I have an eccentric sense of fashion. I used to hate my glasses, I would take them off for photos. Today, I feel at home in them...I'm grateful I have means of seeing clearly."
"I could be discovering I love literature. Words mean a lot to me. I'm perfectly happy inside my own little world with good literature, my imagination."
"If I were not afraid, I might discover that maybe I enjoy being alone. I'm not as sociable as I used to be, nor as impressionable. I'm happy inside my own skin...weird sense of fashion, dark framed glasses, books and all"
"I discovered this about myself: I'm different and I embrace it. I no longer view myself as an outsider, I'm merely unique. What's even more important to me is I have reach an age of maturity where I don't care if I'm an outsider or not. I don't long to fit in. I don't seek validation from anyone anymore. I feel a sense of self-liberation to be free of the expectations or the silly rules of anyone else. There's a lot of things I'll never be, and most of those things come with boxes I don't fit inside. Boxes and lifestyles I don't want to fit inside. I'm happy and content with who I am, and I feel I'm steadily gravitating toward who I'm meant to be.."