Thursday, 6 January 2011

just when you thought you had escaped my...

self portraits....UP pops another one!!!
i did try '52 weeks of me' back in 2009 but i only got as far as 19 self portraits.
you can check them out here.
so i figure i'm going to try again and, hopefully, this time i will reach 52...after all, it will be my 52nd birthday this year so that might be a good sign I can do it. lol

i think the self portrait project fits in well with my 'SELF' word for the year.  i've never been a photogenic person plus i'm the one who usually blinks JUST as someone snaps a least, with self-portraits, i have a little more control.  viewing myself from different perspectives may also help with my low self-esteem.  i'm not going to choose a specific day so, be warned, i may pop up on your screen any time of the week.

i have been playing in my art journal daily so here's a peek

and i'm back to doing portrait sketches for the 'julia kay portrait party' flickr group.
Freehand graphite sketch in Moleskine sketchbook - © Serena Lewis
Reference photo here.
Mariah's Flickr Photostream here.

so far, i've been quite pleased with my SELF in getting some daily art done, riding the exercise bike and doing my daily meditations.  stay tuned...

~ love, light and peace ~


  1. This looks like FUN! And I think you've got your age wrong....dear!!
    You look GREAT!! I'll have to check out the portrait project, I so enjoy drawing people....must practice more though!! Happy New Year Serena :D

  2. Love your self photos Serena, especially this one. Great job. Your moleskine journal is already looking good. I'm on page 3 of mine. Maybe next week I'll post some. I'm not very good at journaling but I am starting to enjoy a little. Have a great rest of the week. Look forward to your self photos. Take care.

  3. I soooo disagree with your comment that you're not very photogenic! What a lovely shot.

    You're so pumped and full of enthusiasm...lets hope it's contagious and I catch some of it! I just need to stay home long enough to get somthing done...I'm away again for my dad's 95th birthday.

  4. Wow Serena you have thrown yourself right into your work of Self..great..looking fab..go grannie go lol

  5. Hooray for self portraits!
    You can do it!!

  6. I am 2 years older than you and you look like a darn beauty queen! Low self esteem??? I can't even envision are so talanted, smart, pretty and an awesome Mom and now Grandma too! No are self confidant, and in charge!!!

  7. good luck with the self portraits :) i would never in a million years think you were that old!

  8. I think everybody thinks they are not photogenic and we all take bad photos but there are always plenty of good ones. The good photos come about when we are not "trying" and we just relax and say 'hey, this is me today'.
    I loved doing 52 weeks mostly because I loth having my photo taken. When the control is in your hands it make quite the difference. I think it is a wonderful way to usher in your 52nd year of life.
    You sound like you are prepared to enjoy this year!!! yay!

  9. Beautiful self portrait! I don't know why you think you're not're gorgeous!

    I always love seeing the portraits you draw from flick photos. You really capture the people so perfectly.

  10. Serena sweetie you look Fabulous! Wow you are really Out There! LOL
    Shame on Jennifer for saying "She never thought YOU were that OLD! Being in your Fifties is NOT OLD! Now they say it is the New Forty! So keep on doing what you are doing it is working my friend. Love the photos and the way the journal is coming along.
    Hugs from another Fifty something year old! :)

  11. hi beautiful Serena. happy new year!

    Self Portrait

    this face, yours
    the eyes alight
    the sweet mouth
    expresses a lovely

  12. Hi Serena,
    Gosh honey, you need to take a good look around. You look fabulous for nearly 52 yr old Grandma!
    Oh why the low self esteem?
    I hope you cheer up and look up soon.

    Wow, your portrait of Mariah is fantastic.
    I checked out the other portraits at the flicker thingy and you WIN!
    Take it easy my friend,
    Big hugs,

  13. I love all the projects you have going on! Your self portrait is lovely as are the others in your previous series. Keep up all the wonderful creative work!

  14. YOU? Unphotogenic!! No way, Lady! :):) I enjoyed all your self-portraits last year. Looking forward to these, too. Perfect companion to "self". And you sure don't look like a grandma--ROFL!! ;)

    Sounds like you've had a great start to this new year. Love the colorful sketch journal! And glad to see you have been having more time to post again. Maybe life will be calmer this year? hehe! :)

  15. You don't look old enough to be a Grandma!

  16. You are stunning!

    Do you still have those headaches?

    And were you affected at all by the flood?

  17. I am the same way thinking I don't make good pictures of myself when someone takes a picture of me that is By the way your self portraits are Great as well as that drawing of the lady portrait you did so very wonderfully well too.

  18. You look great! I love doing self portraits. Gorgeous. Can't wait to see more!

  19. You must be looking at a different person than the one I am looking at right now because you certainly do not look 52 and that is a lovely photo of you!
    Love what you have done so far in your art journal. I need to get back into daily meditating..
    I love your portrait too.

  20. Happy New Year Serena! Great blog. Love your art journal and your “self”.

  21. I heard floods were threatening Brisbaine..How are you all doing.

  22. Just a quick note Serena to ask how you are doing with all the flooding? I am hoping you are not in any of the affected areas and you and your family are safe! My prayers are with the people of Australia right now that this will be over soon and recovery can begin. Stay safe and take care Serena and let us know how you are doing when you have the chance.
    Tina xo

  23. sounds like you're right on track! and I love seeing you POP out on the screen like that!

    self portraits really is a pick-me-up thing to creates more self awareness...and gives us a chance to focus on the positive! because yes, there certainly is positive to be seen! right!

    have a great day!

    ciao bella

    Creative Carmelina

  24. you Dont look an day over 30!
    We can print your artworks as Giclee prints or designer deckchair artworks.