About twenty years ago, I tried to paint a self-portrait. I can't quite get the face right, especially the mouth; I was frustrated ... disappointed, blah, blah, blah, so I stopped. Recently, I found my painting, still intact, believe it or not, even the mice stayed away from it. Hah! With a new look and a little more seasoned set of eyes, I can tell that it needs a lot of shading, big time! The mouth is all wrong also. Now, I am debating if it is better to start all over again or try to correct this one.
Below is the photo that I copied from... psssssttt, I wish I'm still this .... "petite" lol
... and this is the UNFINISHED self-portrait; argh, and more argh! the likeness is so far from the photo, don't you think? It's almost embarrassing to show you! lol But I think with more shading and re-shaping of the mouth, it should be a "ok" ;) This was only my second attempt to paint a portrait, so be nice, I cry easy. ha ha
Oil on canvas board, 12" x 16"