What is meant by a personal painting? Unless the art connects with the viewer in an emotional sense it is just decoration at least for that person; others may connect of course. To make personal paintings the artist has to put themselves into the piece. That means the artist is painting something they feel personally - a passion - the stronger the passion the more emotive the painting. When abstract figures are used then the painting really can be powerful as we all relate to figures and if abstracted then we put our own interpretation into their form. That makes personal paintings very personal!