The worst thing any artist can do is to stay away from the paint and brushes. The communication flow between brain and canvas becomes broken and it takes a while to get that flow going again.
Recently I saw a photograph of an old Damara man from Damaraland, Namibia, in a photography group on facebook, taken by photographer, Jessie Vermeulen. I took one look at the photo and knew I had to paint it. So I messaged her and got her permission to use the photo.
This was just what I needed to get started again.
Because of this break in communication, it is taking me longer than it should to finish this painting, but slow work is better than no work at all.
Almost there! I just need to finish the mouth and add the finer highlights.