I saw that the DPW challenge this week is to paint a younger version of oneself…and I was intrigued by the possibilities…I think now, and did NOT then, that I had a Boticelli-ish quality, at least in this image taken from a slide that I had digitized this year…the slide is grainy…but I’m looking down and there are interesting curves on my face and in my hair. My hair has always been very challenging to paint…so much going on both in shape and color. I’m really good at capturing likeness–except with myself…but this was easier than looking in a mirror. I really have not attempted a self portrait in a long time, a few years…maybe I’ll try one from life before this challenge is over…I’m trying to “challenge” myself in many ways. I was such a melancholy child…sigh.