After about an hour and half of looking at the previous days' work and still seeing nothing but a background, I decided to just use it as such. So this is what I decided to do on top of the last few days. I'd been thinking of this image, and then I placed it and jumped in.
This is one case where the photo looks better than the original. I can't relax doing figures yet - so I will be painting over this with acrylics, treating this as under painting, so I can try to get the more relaxed painterly look I want. This was a lot of moving the shapes around until I had the feeling I wanted. Now that I know what I want where, hopefully I can relax and paint the acrylics without fuss.
I notice I exaggerated the length of my face, and the length and asymmetry of my nose - both things I notice more than other people, I suspect. That's how art is more "truthful" than photography. This is how I see me - something no one else normally can see.
It's late and I'm not sure I'm making sense... This is my contribution for AEDM 21.