I wasn't very satisfied with the last self portrait. I didn't like the colors and the pose was pretty boring so I thought I'd give it another shot. This time I put down four or five layers of gesso and sanded them pretty well and used raw umber to tone the ground. I kept my palette a little more limited than I usually do. (usually=every five months or so that I can get a chance to to oil paint) Raw Umber, burnt sienna, alizarin crimson, cadmium red, yellow ochre, titanium white, and ivory black. I also tried out a new color that I have never used before: prussian blue. I am really liking it and I think I will keep it a regular. Notable colors missing from my usual palette are cadmium yellow, viridian, ultramarine, and cobalt blue. the prussian blue seems to be a pretty flexible color, I was able to get several really nice greens when I mixed it with the ochre, umber and black and white. Excuse my blurry work in progress shots.