One of the hardest and strangest things to do is a self portrait. You learn a lot about yourself as an artist, but also as a person. When you stare at yourself for a few hours you ask yourself why am I doing this? But you can't really stop until it's figured out.
self portrait (work in progress), 2010, 20x16, oil on canvas
Self Portrait (listening to Mahler), 2009, 24x18, oil on canvas