Personally, and self portraits are nothing if not personal, I prefer the upper version.
Things here are very unsettled (more on that later) and I find doing little color splotches very relaxing. I enjoyed seeing Mary Ann Moss playing with color combinations in splotches, and recently I found Jane Blundell's blog where she is playing with limited palettes. I like seeing the results of someone being very systematic, but I don't have those action impulses. My brain is not actively connected to my hand at the moment.