Amadea and her painting process documented by Eric Finke

Posted on May 7, 2012
Amadea and her painting process documented by Eric Finke

A few months ago my good friend Eric Finke called me and asked if he could do a video of me.
His intention was to interview me in my studio as well as to shoot some video of me working on a painting.  Eric has been working for a few years as an editor and wanted to start working on his own projects.  I said i would be delighted to do this project with him. Eric came over to my studio about four times during the process. He came initially and took alot of shots in the studio itself.  I had been thinking about a new painting I had been wanting to start and thought it would be perfect for this project.  I already had three paintings in a series and wanted to start a fourth one.  Generally when I start a painting I don’t really have a clear sense of where it is going to go… or any idea what the end product is going to look like.  I just was feeling RED…. and that I wanted the painting to have a lot of movement and that I wanted somehow to incorporate the image of  ”wide spread wings”   and a sense of freedom… both of which had been present in the other three paintings.   So I spread out a large blank canvas on the floor of my studio, poured the paint out onto paper plates  (a different color onto each plate) and we began.
The painting seemed to happen very easily and effortlessly.  After our first session Eric
said he wanted to come back and shoot some video of my face and hands to incorporate into the footage he had already taken.  He also had some other very specific ideas that he wanted to
work on to incorporate into the piece.

Then Eric disappeared into his editing process… and a few weeks later emerged with the video….which is now posted on youtube:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUCpZNn7Q3Y

I think he did an absolutely stunning job.  The video itself is a work of art.  I hope you will take a look and let me know what you think.  What are your favorite parts? What spoke to you the most? Is there
anything you wish there was more of?  If there was a sequel what would it be? I would welcome
your comments.

After our initial sessions i worked on the painting a few more times
and have included an image of it in its final form.