I needed a newer self portrait so I did myself like Vang Gogh's Patience Escalier.
I was painting a large tree for my daughter to hang and painted in blue work shirt with red bandanna. I realized I looked like someone Van Gog painted so I took my book out and here it was. I added on the hat, took a quick picture with me holding some bamboo and this is the result. Someone said it looks like Marshall Dillion? But I do not limp.
Often I use older paintings to develop compositions. Or I am painting then realize I saw the composition somewhere else before. Study the old masters was a way to go. And I do it all the time, museums a favorite place to visit.
I recently began using this in a small version as an avatar on social media.
Sun Flowers Poster
Magnolia Tree At City Park Poster