10/1: Self-portrait, oil on canvas panel, approx. 8x6 in.
Spent three hours to get to this point - now less like a Sculpey face and more like me. It has been tricky work in the eye areas, trying to see past the glare on my glasses. I would take them off if I weren't practically blind. The biggest correction from the first stage I think has been the shape of my nose, which I never feel I can get just right. From the side it is an obnoxious piece of landscape - even my teacher Jeff Markowsky couldn't get the profile right when I sat for him years ago. I think about that and smile, as it reminds me that even the people I look up to who are exceptionally good can sometimes get thrown off.