Thursday, December 27, 2007

Recording the Process

Fraser had these two blue square canvases and so there was nothing for it but to paint pictures on them, one of Frase and one of Naomi. These were both done in Australia in May 2007. Notice how I accurately depicted Fraser's steely-eyed intensity. Each of these paintings took about two hours, including breaks and making sandwiches.

During the first one of Naomi I took a few photos during the process, and then on Frase's we set up the camera on a tripod and took a lot more photos and he made it into a video.

Then in July I was in California and wanted to do one of my brother Jesse. He had the idea of photographing every single brushstroke. We set up the tripod right behind me and he held the remote shutter release. After every brushstroke I ducked and he took a picture. It made me even more deliberate about every brushstroke than I usually am. At the beginning of the video you can see sunlight moving across the canvas (we're sitting under the balcony at Valley Forge Drive).


Naomi said...

Fraser's steely-eyed intensity has definitely been captured, but what about Naomi's overtly enthusiastic vivacity? You can just tell I'm jumping out of the canvas.

alisafye said...

I love the time-lapse of Jesse. I would like to do a time-lapse of my hair styles over the past 10 years.

Tammi Swanson said...

I LOVE THIS. I am going to think of a thousand ways to use this idea. You must be involved in all of them, of course.