I should have mentioned in yesterday's post that I considered this portrait a work in progress. At the risk of scaring you off with day two of my ugly mug, I've done some more work on the painting and wanted to post the revised and (maybe) completed version.
Most of the reworking occurred in the background/ceiling area. I cooled and slightly lightened the color balance (it's hard to show the exact tonality in the photo) in an effort to create more "air" around the face and make it a more neutral foil. Some of the "brushy" strokes in the background seemed distracting and were toned down. While I love bravura brushwork as much as the next person, it seems whenever I try self-consciously to make "interesting" brushstrokes they end looking mannered and irrelevant. I did some refining with a bit more careful observation of the light fixture, as well as some very slight reworkings in parts of the face. Now I'm going to try to just leave it well enough alone!