Self Portrait

Girl with Arms Crossed

Girl Looking Straight Out
These gorgeous paintings are by British Painter Claerwen James.  James specializes in portraiture based on photographs.  Most of her work is of young people.  I have to say I was awed by these paintings.  They are so striking and mesmerizing.  What I wouldn’t do to have one made of my two children.   Claerwen James also has a book of her images that can be purchased on amazon (UK site).  You can also view more of her work at and  I hope you enjoy these beautiful portraits as much as I did.
On Friday’s I like to post something to think on….Here is something I read this morning that led me to these lovely portraits:
“Your self-image is much like a self-portrait; it is who and what you picture yourself to be, which may or may not be an accurate reflection of who you really are.  How you feel about yourself will have a tremendous impact on the mother (person) you become, because you will probably speak, act, and react as the person you think you are.  The truth is, you will never rise above the image you have of your self in your mind.”
-Joel Osteen from Your Best Life Now for Mom’s
What is the portrait or image you have of yourself in your own mind?  This is something that I am definitely thinking on…..
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  • Anna Spiro
    Commented on May 2nd, 2008 at 10:26pm

    OMG Trina – you are right I love these paintings. They are gorgeous! I particularly love the girl in the yellow dress! Thanks for letting me know about them!

  • Cote de Texas
    Commented on May 3rd, 2008 at 6:02pm

    These are so gorgeous! Did you know that Joel Osteen is from Houston – his church is about 1/2 mile from my house.

    thanks so much for the comment.

  • A-M
    Commented on May 4th, 2008 at 4:37pm

    A woman after my own heart! Everything I see on your site is LOVELY! I will link to you and check in often. Thanks for coming by my new blog. Best Wishes, A-M

  • Melissa Lewis
    Commented on May 4th, 2008 at 10:49pm

    Love those paintings. The girl looks so innocent:)

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on May 5th, 2008 at 12:23pm

    Thank you for the comments girls! I’m glad you all found these paintings as pretty as I did.

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