This is an old self portrait, I had completely forgotten about it. I just happened to come across it while I was cleaning out some boxes in the basement. I painted it about eight years ago.
I was trying to copy a photo, taken of me in a hotel room. In the photo, my mouth is still swollen from having four wisdom teeth pulled the week before. I can't remember what town we were in, but it was about ten hours NW of Flagstaff.
We checked into the hotel and I went for a walk while she took a bath. On the walk I dropped five dollars into a slot machine and won fifty. She snapped this picture of me right after my walk, just before I took a bath.
Here's the original photo.
Do you still have your wisdom teeth? Do you want to leave me some love?