Despite living with my own face on a daily basis for the past 35 years, I must admit that I struggle with painting my own self portrait. I have been making it a point to put myself into paint twice now and was pleasantly surprised when I actually liked both pieces. However, this practice made me realize that since I haven’t continuously honed my drawing skills for the last 13 years (I took a hiatus due to work and not really making it a priority) my skills have stayed in the same place I left them. I’m a little rusty at proportion and will need to go back to basics to progress in my new work. Learning and growing is a process that I am now able to appreciate.