Friday, February 8, 2013

90-second speed painting



(Video link) Painter D. Westry completes a recognizable image in less than a minute and a half on "Anderson's Viewers Got Talent." 

9 comments:

Andy Bates said...

As an artist, do you have any idea why he would paint it upside down??

Matthew Datchuk said...

For show

Sam G said...

I love this. Wish I could paint with such confidence.
Andy - He paints upside down for showmanship.

Dave Casey said...

He's painting upside down for showmanship, but he's also doing it for a reason we all should be doing it. He's painting shapes, he's not painting a nose or an eye or an ear. When you paint shapes it all comes together in the end.

Juho Vepsäläinen said...

He's good! Thanks for sharing.

It's a well-known trick that drawing/painting upside down helps with observation when you have a model. Might be surprising but it works.

Danny said...

How clever, I've never really understood the point of performance painting though. It just furthers the myth and mystique of art for non-artists. Maybe that isn't such a bad thing though?

Either way, he has his show down pat, bravo!

Steve Fastner said...

I saw a different artist years ago at the Uptown Art Festival in Minneapolis do a similar upside down painting,only it was of Elvis.I don't remember what the time limit was,maybe the duration of some rock music song,but it could have been 5 minutes or so.Lots of fun.

Ernest Friedman-Hill said...

I've never talked to one of these guys, but I've seen them. My impression has always been that it's a gymnastics routine: a memorized set of planned movements, precisely executed. He's probably painted that exact same painting dozens if not hundreds of times. I bet he could do a decent version of it with his eyes closed.

Can I ask the "is is art?" question, then? I suppose in a way it's like printmaking: he presumably developed the original image, and has now learned to reproduce it by hand.

Gexton said...

This is beautiful. Really enjoyed catching up with your blog. What a great painting. There were so many amazing views - I could have painted many more too
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