Last year, I took a painting class at Cosumnes River College. For my class, I had to create a self portrait. On my self portrait, I painted an Italian flag because my family is from Italy. I also painted the American flag on the left because I am American. I love to draw, and I like to be creative, so I painted a book ("How to Draw") and placed it on the table in my painting. I painted a laptop computer on the canvas because I do a lot of work on my computer. I painted a picture of myself on the laptop screen. I included the computer in my painting because I have a Web Design Certificate, and I have developed and maintained a few websites for different companies. The Mickey Mouse symbol on my shirt is because I like to go to Disneyland. My dream job is to do animations for Disney. The purple cross with the I-LOVE-YOU hand sign is important to me because I'm Christian, and I use sign language to communicate. There's wine bottle on the table on the left with purple grapes because I enjoy having a glass of wine, and it is a part of my Italian culture.
I learned some cool things when I was painting this self portrait. I looked on the internet to find out how to paint my table to make it look like wood. I used a light tan color first, and then I used dark brown and painted over the light tan color. While the dark brown was wet, I scraped it with a dry sponge to make the wood grain lines. I think it came out looking close to real wood grain. Also, to help me paint straight lines with my shaky hands, I used tape to cover areas on my canvas. It took a lot of time, but it helped make my painting look better. I always look for ways to do things even with my disabilities. I try to never give up. I pray, and I persevere, and I always try my best!