I have five more drawings from the who's my neighbor project to share from the past week. I met a life coach, an high school english teacher, a project coordinator, an assistant plant manager, and a graphic designer. I continue to enjoy the process of getting to know people as I draw their portrait. It is an intimate experience to create a portrait and I am usually drawing someone I have never met before. I sometimes wonder if I should circle back with some of these people and take what was a one time encounter into a possible friendship.
I like to ask questions that help me understand a little about who the person is. An obvious question is "What do you do?" But often their is something alongside of their job that seems to say something even more about who they are and what they love. A young woman named Emma who is the project coordinator for a software consulting firm seemed to have a twinkle in her eye when she talked about being a runner and working part time at the local running store. Johnathan who is the graphics designer talked in animated detail about his annual trip to Beaver Island and unplugging everything for a long week away in the wild. He told me about the delicious white fish he buys from a native american who is a local resident of the island. John who is the school teacher is also working on his poetry in a MFA program. I would love to hear him read one of his poems which I just might ask him to do the next time I visit.
I am finding a lot of very friendly and interesting people who live just a short walk from my house. I don't know exactly where this is going but I am enjoying the process.