A few months back I had the pleasure of documenting the legendary street artist, Weirdo. He's a good pal of Chase Jarvis and was hired to transfer creativeLIVE's business plan onto a giant 6'x6' cocktail napkin/canvas. GeekWire chose creativeLIVE as one of the "Seattle 10" which was defined by "10 of the most promising emerging technology companies in the region that were less than six years old and had revolutionary technologies that could one day translate into large businesses." Pretty rad award right? Yep.
Here's what I learned:
- Art is frustrating and you can only control what you can control. On the first day of painting, something weird was happening with the temperature inside the studio which wasn't allowing the tape to stick to the wall. The canvas kept falling down making it impossible to continue to paint that day. A one day project now just turned into a two day sprint.
- Painting in the cold sucks. On day two, Weirdo decided to hang the canvas outside and paint in the rare December sunshine. The paint got chunky and made for a difficult finish.
- Creativity happens. I think you can set yourself up to be in the most creative mind but ultimately, I think you just have to let creativity strike when it's ready. Time and time again, beautiful things happen that I don't plan for and end up being some of my favorite material. Day two ended up being a cold sunny day where we shot outside. This made for some remarkable images and video. As much as I didn't want to spend a day freezing my ass off, I'm so glad I did.
My job was to capture stills of the process and put together a short story using video. Here's what came out of the two days. Photos edited with VSCO in Lightroom 5.