13 August 2013
Portrait of the blogger as a young man
This weekend I attended a family get-together in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where a variety of family members had gathered to greet seldom-seen relatives from as far away as Barcelona.
One of those in attendance was a bright and charming young lady from Montana who loves to draw. In exchange for my showing her how to perform a spectacular magic trick ("I'll pull your two cards out of this deck in one second"), she agreed to create a portrait of me. I've cropped her signature from the bottom in order to let her preserve her internet anonymity for a few more years.
The resolution of the scan fails to capture the subtle shadings on the cheeks where she carefully smeared the carbon to show contour, but I love the way her artist's eye looked beyond the solar skin changes and the wrinkles from the cares of the world, and instead extracted the collegiate persona that still lives inside me.