Another experience that I can now unwaveringly confirm is thatanything worth doing takes time. And it was a time well spent insidethat spray booth, learning without instruction but through doing,trying, failing and doing it again with the knowledge of my lastmistake still fresh in my memory. With every area of paint applied Ihad to think of how much paint was coming out, the amount of airbeing fed, angle and distance of the gun, and air hose pressure; allof which produce varying results and at the time varyingtemperaments. Yet, I knew one thing was for certain; I could not dothat painting process by my self and complete it on time. So I tookwhat I had learned about the spray guns in two days worth of paintingand taught Ximena everything I experienced and that is were the reallearning took place for me. I had to think about everything I wastelling her, while I was in the middle of learning things myself andbe able to evaluate her and do my best to show her how things shouldwork without even knowing the medium myself. And with each newdiscovery I made on I had to be sure to give that information up toher so the example of what happened was right in her face and easyfor me to explain visually and verbally. And as her skill and comfortbecame stronger it encouraged me more because I really started tofeel WE could accomplish what others thought would be too much of atask for us. Seeing her paint enabled me to more effectively analyzehow I was approaching the fabric and soon enough things really becameclockwork, the muscle memory feeling that I get from drawing startedto take control and soon later things I had to think about as faras pressure or angle were becoming actions of my hands, not orderssent from my conscious brain. That was an overwhelmingly gratifyingfeeling for me because I knew at that moment that I could now workwith another medium to express myself as an artist. As well herknowledge of the spray gun made her critiques on my painting moresubstantial because I knew she was talking from an empatheticexperience of the medium and our own general limitations. The time Ispent inside that spray booth has been some of the most rewardinghours of my life.