I am slowly beginning to realize my stay here is as much about community and family as it is about art. At almost every meal the other artists as well as whoever seems to be in the house at the time comes together to partake in conversation, laughs and art debates. Last night was no exception as we all sat down around 9:00 to start our meal comprised of various courses reflective of the chefs' various nationalities.
Just before dinner I met Siim, a local from the town. Siiri laughed when she described how Siim comes by Moks whenever something needs to be fixed. Often when I meet people I imagine what techniques I would use when painting their portrait and Siim was no exception. As I introduced myself, Siim stood from his seat, looked at me with such directness that I couldn't help but be a bit timid in response. You can't help but notice the perfect symmetry and angular characteristics of his features. Over the course of the night I couldn't help but openly stare as if to memorize his portrait. If I had to guess I would say Siim is in his early twenties but there is a seriousness to him that makes him seem much older and more worn than his young face. I wanted to capture both the directness of his gaze and this illusion of age that transforms the young portrait.