This is how to think about the face when you're painting it. Frederic Fiebig - Facial planes example I am interested by the geometric shapes and brushstrokes that are simple and abstract by themselves but when together create a recognizable portrait.
The ray of light peeking through the crack creates a blinding effect on the subject. The light is so bright that it blinds her vision, covering her eyes in the photo. The black and white filter makes the ray of light even more bright.