Do you remember the song ‘If’ written by American singer-songwriter David Gates in 1971 that goes, “If a picture paints a thousand words, Then why can’t I paint you? The words will never show the you I’ve come to know.” This version of If, performed by Bread is definitely one of my favorite love songs.

The following is a portrait that I sketched of a girl I admired in the past.

Pardon me that my sketching is not even near good. When I show her the sketch, she had only one thing to say, “you made my nose looks flat.” She is so much beautiful in person.

Can you hear the ‘thousand words’ which I wanted to say in this picture when I sketched this portrait of her?

If you have not heard this song before, you can listen to it below. I am sure it will bring back a lot of memories for a lot of people.

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  1. by Bradley, on July 22 2008 @ 9:32 pm


    First, I find the portrait very well done because you can see the emotion you felt in it. There’s a passion in the lines.

    I had to laugh at her nose comment. Isn’t that so typical of most of us?

    Bradleys last blog post..Sleep

  2. by CK Go Places, on July 22 2008 @ 10:00 pm


    I love this song very much too. Happy WW! Mine on Japanese Wedding Portraits is also up.

    CK Go Placess last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – Japanese Wedding Portraits

  3. by Randall, on July 22 2008 @ 10:02 pm


    Yes, I remember the song. I’ve been around that long. Your sketching is actually quite good. I couldn’t do anything near that nice. I tried when I was in high school but everything I did made people laugh.

    Randalls last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  4. by Mojo, on July 23 2008 @ 2:47 am


    I have not-so-fond memories of that song, but your portrait is wonderful. Makes me ask what ever happened to the girl?

    Mojos last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: Acid Rain

  5. by Symphony of Love, on July 23 2008 @ 4:29 am


    @ Bradley, there certainly was passion when I was sketching her portrait. However, I guess the passion was not enough, she was ‘angry’ with the flat nose. She has beautiful pointed nose :D

    @ CK, I love that song too.

    @ Randall, thank you for the kind words. You are very good in your photography and your train model, which I couldn’t do anything near to what you are able to do too. Everyone of us is unique and special in our own ways :)

    @ Mojo, thank you for your kind words too. She is alright and happily attached now; just not attached with me. LOL! We are friends now

  6. by Dianne, on July 23 2008 @ 6:46 am


    What a lovely sketch. You did a very nice job. I do remember the song. Although it doesn’t connect to any particular memories for me at this point, which is rather unusual.

  7. by ellen b, on July 23 2008 @ 6:58 am


    That sketch is fabulous! Well done…

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  8. by Jim, on July 23 2008 @ 7:30 am


    Hey SOL, her nose looks beautiful to me. Perhaps you ‘enhanced’ it a little too much for her. This is how you remember her. For sure you would have remembered my nose–so long I can touch my tongue to it!

    Happy WW, thanks for peeking in on my post. I take it you watched your step while there! And yes, “pie” is a nice word for an uncouth four-letter word when cows are concerned. ;-)

    Jims last blog post..One pie, one small step for … (cow pie extraordinary!) — Wordless Wednesday #064

  9. by Urban Thought, on July 23 2008 @ 7:35 am


    Interesting… You have talent and that is beautiful. I hope she was flattered.

    Happy WW!!!

  10. by Raven, on July 23 2008 @ 7:58 am


    What a beautiful sketch! Foolish girl if she didn’t appreciate this beautiful portrait. You are very talented. I enjoyed revisiting the song. I always liked it.

    Ravens last blog post..Creative Photography: Early Spring Branches

  11. by Symphony of Love, on July 23 2008 @ 8:28 am


    @ Dianne and Ellen, thank you for the kind words. :)

  12. by Symphony of Love, on July 23 2008 @ 8:34 am


    @ Jim, I had done my best for the sketch :)
    I do agree with you that pie is a much better word to use than the four letters one ;)

    @ Urban, she was flattered in a way except the part about her nose :D

    @ Raven, thank you. Indeed, it is one of the songs I have always liked too. :)

  13. by Vered, on July 23 2008 @ 8:46 am


    This is absolutely beautiful. Love her eyes.

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  14. by Sojourner's Place, on July 23 2008 @ 10:11 am


    WOW! Happy WW!

    This week’s WW at SjP’s is dedicated to finding Namia Vaught. I hope you and your readers will have the opportunity to stop by to see if you recognize her.

    Much obliged, SjP

  15. by carrie-the gremlin wrangler, on July 23 2008 @ 11:40 am


    great job!

    happy ww

  16. by Gabriel, on July 23 2008 @ 11:53 am


    It’s a beautiful sketch. I wish I could draw like that! :-)

    Have a great day!

    Gabriels last blog post..WW#36 – Water

  17. by Symphony of Love, on July 23 2008 @ 6:19 pm


    @ Vered, thank you. Yes, she does has beautiful eyes :)

    @ SjP, Carrie and Gabriel, thank you. :)

  18. by dcr, on July 23 2008 @ 7:36 pm


    Good job on the drawing. I remember the song too.

    When I was in high school, a friend of mine (who went to a different high school) did a drawing in art class of a girl. He ended up giving it to a future girlfriend who, coincidentally, looked a lot like the girl he had drawn!

    dcrs last blog post..Assassin Bug


    @ Dcr, LOL! That was neat! I hope his future girlfriend don’t read about it here :D

  19. by shireen, on July 23 2008 @ 8:14 pm


    Silly girl she was! It is a very nice sketch you did. You have great talent. Thanks for your visit. I will be coming over again for more *smile*

    shireens last blog post..After the rain


    @ Shireen, thank you for your compliment. It is nice to see you here and welcome back anytime. :)

  20. by Erica at Mom's Journal, on July 23 2008 @ 8:25 pm


    She’s gorgeous. Great drawing. :)

    Erica at Mom’s Journals last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: Ready for Spring


    @ Erica, thank you! :)

  21. by Gallicissa, on July 23 2008 @ 8:32 pm


    That looks a fantastic sketh. Those eyes look real.
    Great WW entry! Thanks for dropping by my blog.

    Gallicissas last blog post..making emma happy – part 2


    @ Gallicissa, thank you for the compliment. :)

  22. by Maisie, on July 23 2008 @ 11:09 pm


    I think that the sketch is wonderful. Yes. I remember that song by Bread. I was only 1 when it was recorded. But it’s been played a lot in the last 37 years. Thanks for visiting mine.

    Maisies last blog post..13 Facts About Lobsters


    @ Maisie, I was not bornt yet when they recorded the song. I remember the first time I heard it was when I was 16 or 17 and I love this song ever since. :)

  23. by The Urban Buddha, on July 24 2008 @ 12:19 am


    I think you did well on the sketch. Eyes and hair specially.
    Yup, the air in Shanghai was really bad indeed. But it’s still an amazing city. :o) Happy WW!

    The Urban Buddhas last blog post..The Spicy Dumpling (Wordless – halfway to 100)

  24. by The Urban Buddha, on July 24 2008 @ 12:20 am


    Ps.. that was supposed to be a smiling man – not some strange yell.. ;)


    @ The Urban Buddha, thank you for the compliment. Yes, i definitely agree that Shanghai is an amazing city and yes I know it was supposed to be a smiling man. ;)

  25. by Shannon, on July 24 2008 @ 5:19 am


    Awesome sketch and great post.


    @ Shannon, thank you. :)

  26. by milet, on July 24 2008 @ 6:10 am


    i know that song and i love it. nice sketch.

    thanks for dropping by my ww. and yes its a real cake.


    @ Milet, thank you. :)

  27. by Allison, on July 24 2008 @ 6:23 am


    I think the sketch is beautiful. That’s funny that she said that about her nose!

    I do love that song. And it’s so true!


    @ Allison, Thank you for the compliment. I think she said that because I did not do a good job in drawing the nose. ;)

  28. by Sue, on July 24 2008 @ 6:32 am


    Too bad she couldn’t have appreciated the sketch. It came out great. If someone had done that for me I would have liked it! Thanks for the song. I’m listening as I write this. Also thanks for stopping by mine :)

    Sues last blog post..Thursday Thirteen #1 – Camping Equipment


    @ Sue, thank you for your compliment. Who may be the one who may do a sketch of you? Let him or her read this comment and they can do a sketch for you. ;)

  29. by Babies Etc., on July 24 2008 @ 7:00 am


    Nice drawing and one of my all-time favorite songs! A wonderful combination.


    @ Babies Etc, thank you. :)

  30. by kml, on July 24 2008 @ 4:34 pm


    You captured the softness in her face and eyes so beautifully. Sometimes people can’t see the beauty in themselves. I remember the song well!

    kmls last blog post..ABC Wednesday – A is for Amethyst


    @ kml, thank you for the compliment. You are right, some people could not see the beauty in themselves. I always share, “if there is one gift I can give to people, then it would be the gift to let them see how others see them and they will know how special they are to people around them.:)

  31. by Colleen - Mommy Always Wins, on July 26 2008 @ 9:58 am


    Well, as someone who took 2 yrs of art classes in college, I say it looks pretty good!

    Colleen – Mommy Always Winss last blog post..Photo Hunt – Hanging


    @ Colleen, thank you. :)

  32. by vhiel, on July 26 2008 @ 11:51 am


    it’s actually pretty good.. plus that’s why it is called a sketch.

    love it though.. if somebody will sketch a photo of me.. that would be wonderful… but its the other way around.. i do the sketch for somebody..

    and I love that song…

    vhiels last blog post..Pure Laughter – Scrapbook Saturday


    @ Vhiel, it is a great song! :)

  33. by MommyWizdom, on July 27 2008 @ 6:53 pm


    She inspired you so deeply – what happened to her I wonder?

    Thanks for visiting – come check out Fun Monday!

  34. by Atniz, on July 27 2008 @ 8:52 pm


    You have the skills. Don’t take it serious on her comments and this is a great song!

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  35. by Lyn2x, on July 27 2008 @ 9:44 pm


    If a picture paints a thousand words then why can’t I paint you..I love the song hahaha. Thanks for accepting my EC ad. Nice sketch indeed.

    Lyn2xs last blog post..SISTERS ARE FOREVER

  36. by Symphony of Love, on July 27 2008 @ 11:54 pm


    @ MommyWizdom, thank you for asking, she is fine :)

    @ Atniz, thank you. Instead of taking her comment seriously, I found it funny. ;)
    Feedback is good if I want to be better :)

    @ Lyn, thank you and you are most welcome. It is always a pleasure to have your EC ad in my site. :)

  37. by shiera, on July 28 2008 @ 12:44 am


    I think she’s still lovely, despite making her nose look flat… it’s a lovely portrait, I might say. :)

    shieras last blog post..Train Station Encounters

  38. by Cindy Swanson, on July 28 2008 @ 4:55 am


    I loved the sketch…how talented you are. And I always loved that song by “Bread.” They were one of my favorites in the early 70′s; had some beautiful hits.

  39. by Sherxr, on July 28 2008 @ 7:14 am


    I was there!!1 I remembered how you adore her.. sketching her on paper.. making stuff for her. Sighs.. So long time ago. Like puppy love hur?

    Sherxrs last blog post..How do you handle the heat?

  40. by berryblitz, on July 28 2008 @ 4:41 pm


    she is beautiful in the sketch. Nice sketch too. I guess she would be very much beautiful in person :)

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  41. by Brandie, on July 29 2008 @ 9:20 am


    Wow, I didn’t know you were such an artist! The picture is truly gorgeous! Someone mentioned puppy love, and that’s exactly what I think about when I look at this picture. You really adored her, didn’t you?

    Brandies last blog post..Trim Up Tuesday (Week 3)

  42. by Symphony of Love, on July 29 2008 @ 5:44 pm


    @ Shiera, thank you.

    @ Cindy Swanson, thank you. Indeed, there are so many good hits in the 70s.

    @ Sher, you have mistaken. It is not the one back in 1993. However, that was the first sketch I did. This was my third one; talk about slow production. ;)

    @ berryblitz, thank you. Yes, she is very much beautiful in person.

    @ Brandie, thank you. Yes, I adored her. Did you see the love in her eyes or was it the love in my hands. :D

  43. by Brandie, on July 30 2008 @ 4:53 pm


    That’s a very hard question to answer! Either way, it took talent to portray it ;-)

    Brandies last blog post..Getting My Tongue Pierced

  44. by bluedreamer, on July 31 2008 @ 6:27 am


    wow youre so sweet for making her a portrait and yes i just cant hear the words i can feel it
    have a great day
    its nice to be here in your blog

  45. by Symphony of Love, on July 31 2008 @ 9:20 pm


    @ bluedreamer, thank you and have a great day too! :)

  46. by Roland, on August 1 2008 @ 10:52 am


    I do remember the song and the lyrics are powerful. I can tell that you are an empathic romantic. Your sketches reveal your emotions. Very nice sketch ! As I was looking at your sketch, I recalled other tunes that resonated with me. Art Garfunkel’s ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’ and ‘I Remember You’, also sung by Terry Stafford.
    It’s funny how life is a constant chase and in the end after all is said and done it is the love that we experience that matters and transcends all other experiences.

  47. by Melanei, on August 2 2008 @ 6:13 am


    I think that sketch is amazing! And I love that song- I haven’t heard it in a long time but the words are just wonderful.

    Melaneis last blog post..Four Foods on Friday

  48. by Barbara, on August 2 2008 @ 4:14 pm


    This blog brings back a lot of memories. A very nice sketch and I recall the song well!

    Barbaras last blog post..Safer Food Storage

  49. by manilenya, on August 2 2008 @ 9:03 pm


    who told you it’s not near good? it is great! why she didn’t appreciate it?

    The song is real good.. I love Bread!

    manilenyas last blog post..I Eat, Pray and Love too

  50. by Symphony of Love, on August 2 2008 @ 9:07 pm


    @ Roland, thank you. You are absolutely right that end of the day, all that matters are the love that we experience.

    @ Melanei, thank you. If is one of my favourite songs too and I agree with you that the words are just wonderful.

    @ Barbara, I am glad that the blog brought back a lot of memories for you and hopefully pleasant memories for you. :)

  51. by Symphony of Love, on August 2 2008 @ 9:16 pm


    @ Manilenya, she appreciated the sketch. It was just a remark and we were laughing. :D

  52. by Lynn, on August 3 2008 @ 2:29 am


    Yeah, i know the song. It brings back good memories in the past. But i feel sad whenever i listen to that song, maybe because of its melody.

    Nice sketch. Wish i can do it too.

    Anyway, thanks for the comment. Happy weekend!

  53. by A Grateful heart, on August 3 2008 @ 12:25 pm


    wow! that’s really a talent, BK:) wish I can do like that but guess, I’m not close, LOL!
    I really appreciate the free e-book that I just downloaded…I just love reading inspring quotes and I believe that played a big part of who I become now:0
    thanks, really!

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  54. by Symphony of Love, on August 3 2008 @ 8:30 pm


    @ Lynn, I am happy that this song brought back good memories for you. The melody is beautifully sad and of so much love.

    @ Shawie, thank you. I believe that you can sketch as well if not better than me if you want to. But we don’t need to be good in everything right? I believe there will be so many things that you are great at which I cannot do as well as you and that is how we can learn and share with each other. :)

    I am glad that you like the ebook, Symphony of Love. Quotations play a big part in my life and sharing with friends. There is so much wisdom that we can learn from quotations.

  55. by manilenya, on August 4 2008 @ 6:10 am


    lol! okay, I thought she didn’t :)

    manilenyas last blog post..Weekend in Niagara and my mutterings

  56. by Lyn, on August 5 2008 @ 3:04 am


    You’re one of my top ten dropper..thank you very much. Keep dropping..:)

    Lyns last blog post..Ec top drop and click

  57. by Symphony of Love, on August 5 2008 @ 5:20 am


    @ Lyn, thank you. It is always my pleasure. :)

  58. by Leet, on August 10 2008 @ 4:24 am


    I like this painting
    Might be you wanna visit my blog and see my painting

    Leet Gallery

    Leets last blog post..Divine Venice

  59. by Symphony of Love, on August 10 2008 @ 6:12 am


    @ Leet, thank you. You have wonderful paintings. :)

  60. by Tammy Warren, on August 19 2008 @ 5:50 am


    I wanted to thank you for the time you spent on my EC drop. It was very special to have a blog such as this filling that spot.

    What a great post. I love to draw and I really don’t seem to take the time to do much of it. The song that was played has always been a favorite of mine. I love photography. My favorite is catching people I love in a “living” situation…not a typical smile. I often look at a picture of my son(s) and I can reflect back to that moment. Many of times I feel as if I know exactly what he is thinking. It is the pictures that have the words.

    Thank you again for hanging around on my EC for the day.

  61. by Symphony of Love, on August 21 2008 @ 5:43 pm


    @ Tammy, thank you. Photos are indeed magical; they sort of ‘stored up’ a part of memory at the particular instant it was taken and provided a connection for people to go back in time. :)

  62. by Sandi, on November 13 2008 @ 5:47 am


    that’s a great sketch. I like her eyes.

    Sandis last blog post..Down With Procrastination

  63. by Symphony of Love, on November 13 2008 @ 6:40 am


    @ Sandi, she has very beautiful eyes.

  64. by Nicole, on March 5 2009 @ 2:27 am


    dropping by your blog while searching for the song ‘If’.
    it is definitely a beautiful love song ever! :)

    Nicoles last blog post..????????

  65. by Symphony of Love, on March 5 2009 @ 8:11 am


    @ Nicole, If is definitely a beautiful song and one of my favorites. :)

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