(Some of the things that are important to me are) "Music, food and family".
Vincent was really friendly and wonderful to work with. He is studying to be a chef.
The light on the models is pretty intense, and it can be hard on their eyes. It is easier for them to look away from the light. I notice that some of the models naturally look at me, and some don't. Both ways can create an interesting painting. In the beginning of this project, I thought I would do each portrait with the model looking straight at me, but it has evolved to be whatever seems comfortable for the model. Sometimes I ask them to look towards the side. I often wonder, does a portrait have a more "universal" quality when the subject is not looking directly at the viewer? I see many contemporary portraits where the model is looking away, often down to the side. Does this give the viewer a feeling of calm or reverie? Does this make it more comfortable for the viewer?