Jim and I have a photograph we'd purchased last year on vacation, as we were both taken with it when we saw it. Unfortunately, in the passion of the moment, neither of us examined it too closely. After hanging it on the wall in our dining room, we noticed the photo had "sweated" and was damaged. The frame had also been damaged, and was unprofessionally repaired with a permanent black marker to hide the wood's rough areas. As the profits from the sale had been donated to charity, we didn't really feel we should demand our money back, but were disappointed. The subject was a couple in a Paris cafe that were caught by the photographer sharing a bottle of wine over a leisurely meal... it could be us in ten or fifteen years! Well, except Jim has curly hair. And I'm not... well... quite so pretty.
As the photo would no doubt degrade in the condition it's in, I decided to immortalize it on watercolor paper with paints and acrylic inks. This is the scan of the initial graphite sketch. On my next post, I'll publish the next stage of it's completion, and so on until it's finished.