Oil on canvas. Size 15"1/2 × 19″1/2
It’s a self-portrait, I painted in 1996. I tried to imagine how I look in 30 years.
Some friends say I painted my soul……………….

“Me and my Straw Hat” was featured in the group: 1 on 1: The Fine Art of Portraiture.

In the group “oil painting” this painting won 10th place in the challenge “portrait”.


blue, contemporary, face, figure, garden, green, grey, hut, leaf, leaves, plant, plants, portrait, self, straw, summer, yellow


  • Paul Thompson
    Paul Thompsonabout 6 years ago

    Very lovely image Kim. You have a lovely soul! ;-) Well done.

  • Kim Bender
    Kim Benderabout 6 years ago

    Hi Paul thanks a lot for your nice comments!

  • Arie
    Arieabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous portrait of a gorgeous lady, now or in 18 years.

  • George  Link
    George Linkabout 6 years ago

    Excellent portrait! Very powerful

  • Kim Bender
    Kim Benderabout 6 years ago

    Thank you for your nice comment Arie. ……………..18 years left that’s almost 1/2 time…………..I better have another look in the mirror and see where I am standing…………well, getting closer……………….HAHAHAHA!!!!

  • sabet
    sabetabout 6 years ago

    I really love this piece. You are amazing. would love to have you as a part of my illustration community on

  • Thanks Sabet, I will check your webside out.

    – Kim Bender

  • Mike Paget
    Mike Pagetabout 6 years ago

    Lovely shapes and muted tones

  • jaymichelsen
    jaymichelsenabout 6 years ago

    Well done, even here one can see your love for flowers. Congratulations on the feature.

  • Mundy Hackett
    Mundy Hackettabout 6 years ago


  • Shelleymay
    Shelleymayabout 6 years ago

    Wow! cant think of anything original to add, so I will add a heart felt here, here!

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