I don't know why, but I have always been shy about painting myself. But as a practice, because only practice makes perfect and I need models, I decided to paint a self-portrait, using a photo my daughter took on my last birthday. I am looking at a candle-lit chocolate cake. Don't I look happy?
The hardest part was naturally the mouth, as the famous John Singer Sargent said, a portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth! I am not sure whether it is exactly me, but it must be close enough. All the people who saw it knew immediately that it was a self-portrait. Below are some of the step-by-step pictures.