One of the problems with face painting is that it is very difficult. Another is that it is extremely time consuming. A third is that it requires accuracy to be credible. None of these are naturally suited to my rather slapdash temperament, but the last image was so awful something had to be done.
Having messed it up completely first time and largely the next I decided I would have to take it slowly and carefully. The first stage was a soft pencil drawing, which you can see below, not great and downright poor around the eyes but with things roughly in the right place. From there I’m going, starting tomorrow, to correct the basic dimensions and planes of the painting using white chalk, which leaves no trace when blown off as the paint goes on.
We shall see what improvement, if indeed any, occurs.