That's a bit of a purposely sef-deprecatory sounding title. I too like the picture. But it is true that of all my paintings this was my mother's favorite. When I posted an Obamaicon of myself here, I had thought that was as close as I was likely to come to publishing a true likeness on the blog. I still do not plan to post a "real" photo here any time soon. But I guess my inhibition in www realm is diminishing with time. Recently, I used this painting, a self-portrait, on my Facebook profile page. There too I have not until now used a true-life photograph, new or or old.
I painted the self-portrait in 1996, a composite of two photographs that my husband took in a hillside restaurant in the Black Sea town of Varna, Bulgaria. One was a close up of me sitting at a table and the other a wide angle shot of the outdoor terrace of the restaurant. It was the summer of 1982 and this is a pretty good likeness of me from those days. Old friends and family recognize the subject readily. The youthful incarnation bears little resemblance to my older current self and I feel comfortable enough to post it here, still artfully managing to hide behind a cyber-burqa!