I finished another piece this week: "Self Portrait with a Magpie II (The Visible and the Invisible)".
I will say that it is not my favorite piece I've made recently. I'm not entirely happy with the portrait, specifically the nose, and I don't feel like it really looks like me. But, I let the materials create what they will and it would take longer than I would like to re-paint it, so this is how it will stay. I think part of my problem with this one was that I was working from my computer, which I never do, instead of a print out because my printer is out of ink and I just didn't feel like going to buy any. It's definitely a different experience working from a screen instead of a hard copy and I don't think I will be doing it again.
This piece is a second iteration of this one, and holds pretty much the same meaning. You can read about it at the link provided. The only real difference is the text in the background. Instead of saying "things aren't always what they appear", it reads "the visible and the invisible", which I think better conveys the sense of duality I was trying to achieve. There is the visible me (what everyone sees) and the invisible me (what no one sees; the "emotional" me).
I'm starting another piece today, which will involve making flowers as in my last piece, so I am anticipating that it will take longer to make. I have high hopes for it because I am trying something different. Instead of a very obvious self portrait, the subject of the painting will be a magpie painted on silk laminated paper with a pattern of my face on it.