I've been to busy lately to take any portrait 'art' of self and or others...just way to busy.
And in different mindset.
Here's what I notice
1. When happy and content, portrait art comes easy, but when troubled and stressed, very hard to get into portrait art mood.
Taking pictures of self, in different modes, characters, is actually an exercise in happiness and joy, for you have to be happy, confident in self and joyful to 'let go', and wade into different fictional characters of self.
Like models who pose before a camera, one has to 'let go' in order to do that.
The model could have just left home with stressful situation going on, but once on set has to 'let go' and be that which is delightful.
Average day to day people aren't use to doing that.
To 'smile' on camera, when on the inside really crying, takes skill and practice, and some feel like you're lying when do that.
So others, instead of fake smiling, simply work the crying into portrait.
Underworld 'Art', abstract art, goes on all the time, but only .0001% of it, them, us, ever get noticed.
Most simply 'steal' our ideas, and turn it mainstream for a while.
But others of us, day to day types, out here in the back alley of real life, cope and deal with this dual life or expression daily.
We get zero credit, others barrow, but to insecure to 'thank'....
But we make it OK, for those in main stream of pop culture, to do what they do, never forget us back alley forgotten types, please never forget us...thanks..