A self portrait, to me, is a reaction to something happening in the artist's life at the time.
It's a reaction to something that needs to be expressed, brought out into the open; leaving things to fester is a bad idea.
I'm no different. I can talk, I can write, I can post, I can blog, and these are all valid ways to express myself.
I can also paint, and sometimes an image is the best way to express the emotion or display the reaction to whatever it is that has created the need for expression in the first place. (hmm, reading that back it sounds a bit confusing - at least I know what I mean, I suppose.)
This is me, fitting into the squares that others have imagined for me. Is it my fault that they are disappointed when a fully fledged and functioning grown woman doesn't fit neatly into all those little boxes?
Because I don't fit. And I'm not sorry.
So there. Hmpf.
. . . lol :)