Quote Originally Posted by Rafal Lukawiecki View Post
Thanks for sharing your thinking and your process, it is wonderful to see how you are adding drama and an expression, layer by layer. I hope you don't take my suggestion too readily and so upset your own feeling of balance and your instinct, as I'd hate to spoil your creation, but since you asked for suggestions, I'd say I'd like something in-between the white and the newer blacker one, as I find the black maybe a touch heavier, and therefore sadder. Perhaps a slightly less symmetrical crop, too? I cannot wait to see the next versions.
First: Thanks all - it is nice to get feedback!!

Rafal I understand your suggestion, but I am afraid it is too late..

I have just made this even darker!... (will post an image tomorrow).
I thought here she started to look like an old witch from a Harry Potter story... (I think the bottom half of the image had this effect..) - I am thinking about adding at least some warmth to the background as well...

I have also thought about cropping.. and I might do that...

To top it all, I have now begun my third version...

stay tuned..