Anyway I painted it on top of an old abstract I did in college that I thought was breathtaking then and now I realize was wildly mediocre. I thought drawing an image out of myself to reflect how I've progressed as an artist (in reference to my above thoughts on how I've improved) would be interesting. In the end I find the painting actually reflects on a different aspect of my personality/life, but I won't say much more on that subject but instead leave any interpretation about it up to you. I think learning what you're trying to tell yourself through painting is important, and the things you learn should be kept to yourself because as soon as you verbalize it, then it becomes your intent rather than what you've achieved. Good art comes when the creator can make themselves the viewer as well... and I've just decided that this is "good art." What a horrible label... "good art."
Whatever, here's the progression of the painting:
You can kind of see the original work underneath... and yes that's a Santa hat on my easel.
I just decided to paint with white over everything that I didn't think was working... which was a lot of it.
Added a ton more white over the sections I hated, and kept on trucking.