As you make eye contact from afar, one wonders the gesture of face and hat, subtle tweak of body, and hands fastened near belt. It is these elements and more that invoke. Yet, why does his gaze keep? From left to right, centered, further back or close, the eyes are always on clock! To engage conversation, the subject and viewer cautiously approach a game of give and take. Who makes the first acknowledgement and hello? Afterwards, is there a handshake? Meeting someone new can feel like a game of chess. One may always be cautious, in the least, when approaching a new situation. Yet, at the end of the day, bread has broken, and a relationship born. This self-portrait is my first attempt at a life-size portrait. Technically, near life-size rendering. The large straw hat is for outdoor plein-air paintings in the hot and sunny, late Spring, Summer, and early Fall weather. The bowtie and blazer are adorned for on-stage dance performances. The slacks and Stacy Adam shoes are what once was, lol. Worn and danced in enough, to where all continued hope of repair was gone. Those items have since been discarded, as well as the shirt. The square panels of the flooring is the dance floor that I constructed to rehearse routines. It resembles the pattern of a chess board. The black fabric once used for backdrops for visual art and dance productions in NYC, still carry place in the studio. The item cropped in from the lower left are the legs of a tripod used to light this area of the studio.