I have been busy the last couple of days & nights creating a special assemblage on behalf of a dear friend for her mum's 70th birthday. Silly me – I forgot to take a pic, but it's focal point is a dear little quilted shoe with a little satin rose on it. The birthday girl wore it as a baby, so we are hoping it will be special for her to recieve it back from her daughter! Re-invented so to speak! Everytime I saw the self portrait I did a few days ago – I couldn't stand it – I had to try to make it better. So you will see that I have had another go.(there is a photo of me in the sidebar a bit lower down if you want to compare) Have managed to 'capture' my wild & woolly hair – I think that the eyes are ok – there's something not quite right around the 'character lines' and their implications for my mouth & the lower part of my nose – so there will be 'Take 3' – interestingly the first person to see it was The Princess – who immediately said 'That's you Nonna' …… everyone else had to be told that it was a self portrait. what's that about 'from the mouths of babes?????? LOL!!! This attempt is an improvement & I am not sure how to change it further now – so I might leave it a week or so & see how I feel about having another go. The day before I drew my 'girl in red' – these kind of 'cute' but 'non descript' girls are getting a little boring so I thought I'd explore some other cultures. My first go was this Polynesian woman. I used Diox Purple & Raw Sienna for facial tones, which I know sounds a bit odd, but it worked ok.