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Self-Portrait Collage©

Most artists attempt to portray themselves in one or more self- portraits during their careers. These portraitures do more than simply show us what the artists look like.
They often reveal the artists' personalities, interests and life styles.

In my fifth lesson at the Academy my students had to paint an abstract picture of themselves on a 16x20 canvas in which they had to exaggerate their features.
I wanted them to use line and/or color to express something about their personality.

I painted with oil paint. Then I glued the canvas board on a canvas to add some depth.
I used a new technique to incorporate the angel sculpture, the head and music.

I used the picture from my web site for this self-portraiture.

The second picture shows my dedicated students of the art class I teach, working on their own abstract self-portrait.
I am so proud of them!


Mixed media on a canvas panel glued on a canvas 18'x24' (45.7x61.0 cm)
Walnut/Gold Frame


Copyright Olga van Dijk 2007©
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Caballero Salguero 07 May 2010

Magnifiques Photographs Olga, many artists, great work, is impressive, beautiful details, terrific, hugs, Pepe

Fiona Robinson 11 Jul 2008

what an inspirational piece of art

josef balek 04 Jun 2008

Hallo Olga! Wunderbare bilder hast du hier! Ich kann nur gratulieren! Deine bilder sind mit exzellenz atmosphäre, . Was sagst du für ausstellung bei uns in Südböhmen mit meine künstlerische gruppe?!? Nechstes jahr ?!? Ich kann alles organisieren...! Pepíno

Artist Reply: Would love to Pepino, but I live in the United States!!

Loren Carson 16 Mar 2008

You are such a delight. Kit

David Holcombe 15 Feb 2008

Great looking group of artists. It's always heartening to see the interest people have in art. There is something eternal about the human desire to create. The trick is to have that magical combination of passion and technique.