The faces and colors in the Smile and Don't Expect Much series have gotten wilder over the years. In a way, they are all self portraits, portraits of me trying to contain my expectations, and having to expend energy (represented by ever more wild colors) in order to do so. I arranged the pictures in order of when they were done, going from older to the most recent smile piece. Over the years I've titled them interchangeably, sometimes using " Too Much" and at others "So Much".
Smile and Don't Expect Too Much, #2
Smile and Don't Expect So Much 4
Smile and Don't Expect So Much 5
Smile and Don't Expect So Much 6
Finally, the most recent Smile and Don't Expect So Much 7. Perhaps I'm getting good at this, the toning down of my expectations. This one looks more accepting and sedate compared to earlier versions. I'd be curious to hear form my readers, which one of these "smile" pictures is their favorite.