Finding the inner child.
After completing this Oil painting on Canvas, 46 cm x 61 cm, I was in doubt if I should include a background. My mentor said “leave this painting alone!” not to touch it, it is finished, but she found that it was not me...
...The likeness is there, but the true inner me is lacking. My mentor said, "Paint another one, gazing into your own eyes in a mirror (not from a photo). Can you see the little boy inside, around five or six or ten? Show me what is in your heart.” "You already have a good portrait. You might end up with another one."
Progress of Self-Portrait from start to finish