(...things that are important to you) "Listening to music, creating music, my friends, family, Hannah, exploring myself and the world." (Advice for other teens) "Give yourself plenty of room to grow. Explore, because life is an adventure." (If you could do anything you wanted...) "I would watch a sunrise atop a mountain, spend a week at Camp Woodward, ride a bike across America."
I tried to paint with looser brushwork in this painting. Eric wore a tie-dyed t-shirt and was very laid back; this helped me to loosen up, too. When I am really aware and sensitive, I can feel an energy field between myself and the model, and in the room. Everything seems to contribute to the experience; the music, the other painters, the day. In the silence of a Quaker meeting there is a similar experience that is referred to as a "gathered meeting", when the energy is coalesced in the quiet room. This was one of those days. Its moments like this that make it all worth it.