This was E as a baby taken shortly after her first outdoor painting adventure.
I remember sitting out there that day, watching her work on that board, while M took photos and we enjoyed a bit of the afternoon sun. She sat there for quite a while, trying out paint brushes and her fingers. Seems like ages ago. Look at that chubby little finger and that baby concentration on the task at hand. That child had an extraordinary focus, even at a really young age. The exception maybe being an open book, that child was never happier than when she was sitting in front of a blank canvas.
Fast forward six years, and another free for all painting session. Funny to watch the same kind of joy and exploration another time around. There was a bit of focus there – but centered less around the blank canvas and more around the act of body painting. The act of painting took under two minutes, the act of exploring and delighting lasted much longer. Two very different kids, the way it should be.
And the older one, still focused, painting long after her little sister was done.