Time-Lapse Video: What happens when two artists paint live?

12/18/2016 02:00 pm ET

What happens when two artists, with two different styles, co-create live?

During an exciting 4 hour live painting event on December 15th, 2016, I (Sara Zimmerman) and muralist Sara L Smith, simultaneously and collaboratively painted an 84”x 64” abstract-turned-landscape painting, using an intuitive painting process. The finished work will be auctioned off to benefit the High Fives Foundation.

Time-Lapse Video of Painting Event:

Time lapse video showing how 4 hours of collaborative and intuitive painting works by Sara Zimmerman and Sara L Smith. Video by Justin Majeczky/Varient3 Productions.

How it Worked:

Together, Sara Smith and I painted in front of a live audience at Tahoe University in Truckee, CA, merging our artistic styles as we worked in abstract ideas and incorporated randomly selected artistic challenges throughout the first 2.5 hours. Some of the art challenges that were chosen included “paint with left hand” and “guest artists” where several guests joined us to paint using an intuitive painting process. In the last hour and a half, we pulled together the final painting to create an image of Squaw Valley, home of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, a symbolic skiscape for mountain sport athletes. The day was a great success, bringing the surrounding Lake Tahoe - Truckee community together in a creative, collaborative spirit.

The Final Artwork:

Photography by Michael Okimoto.
Squaw Valley: Creative Evolutions” mixed media on raw unstretched canvas, 84” x 64” by Sara Zimmerman and Sara L Smith. 2016. Photography by Michael Okimoto.

The final artwork “Squaw Valley: Creative Evolutions” will be auctioned off as a fundraiser benefitting the High Fives Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and inspiration to mountain action sports athletes who suffer life altering injuries.

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