OK. Here's the original. Compare away.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
One of my favorite photos of Marcia comes from a long time ago. It's only a two-inch square photo taken in 1971 or 1972 in Columbia where we were picnicking with her parents.
I was still in college and been hired to play the second tuba part to Symphonie Fantastique with the National Symphony for a concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion that night. I got free tickets so Marcia and her parents came up for a picnic between the rehearsal and the concert.
Anyway, back to the photo. I decided that I needed to keep my drawing skills progressing so I decided to use the small, blurry, two-inch square object as a subject for an 18 x 24 inch drawing.
It's amazing how hard it is to get a face right. I think I must have spent two or three hours just drawing and re-drawing the mouth. I don't think I ever got it right. I was going to post the photo that I was working from, but I can't get it in a format that works with this blog. Maybe it's better that way so you can't judge how well I did.
The photo is prescient. Little did I know at the time that we'd end up living in Columbia for more than thirty years. Little did I know or anticipate about the life ahead. I don't think I captured the image, but I hope I captured the spirit of the image -- a spirit of youth, vitality, and energy poised for the future. That's why this is one of my favorite photos. I hope it did it justice.