Staying on topic there are a several of my early nudes and four self portraits reflected in the still life below.
|Still Life, oil on linen, 19" X 23", 2006|
I am not capable of endlessly repeating paintings I find "successful". I get bored when not experimenting. I have a loose "rule of three". If I hit on a subject that I enjoy exploring and produce an image that "works" I'll try a couple more. One to see if the first was merely an accident and another to confirm my conclusion. The still life above was the third, and my favorite, of four paintings that prominently featured reflective surfaces.
Over the years I have broken this rule many times notably with peaches and magnolia blossoms. Due to a high level of difficulty and complexity I think the figure demands a new rule. Perhaps a rule of 300.