Mini-Documentary 2017 by Darren Misiak

Mini-Documentary 2017 by Darren Misiak

"You have such a short period of time, limited amount of colors and space to use, and you're doing it all in front of their eyes. So every stroke counts..."

 

"Speed Painting" is a style of performance art where the painter is presenting a live painting performance in a varied amount of time. 

The first time I was asked to present a live painting was my senior year in high school. I pulled inspiration from artists I had researched and studied to perform paintings in the style of their work, accompanied by the high school jazz band. My first live painting was completed in less than ten minutes in front of my entire high school.

Since then, I have taken speed painting to stages and events across the country, completing over 100 unique live paintings for competitions, schools, and special events. While the process behind each painting varies slightly, the passion for my craft and attention to detail is consistent across the board.

 

This year, I presented a speed painting at the Miss America Competition live on NBC on December 19th. I had just 90 seconds to complete a painting in front of a live audience and panel of judges. The process behind this performance has been much more in-depth and involved than any painting I have done before...

 

You can check out the video of my 90-second painting of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg here. Below, I will share with you the background of this performance piece and the team it took to create all the pieces. 

 

I used the ninety seconds I have on stage to highlight an empowered woman who I believe exemplifies the mission statement of Miss America, that we are "preparing great women for the world, and preparing the world for great women." To that effect, I co-wrote a poem with Kansas City poet, Emily Wilksinson, entitled "Free to Be". The poem intertwines quotes from The Notorious RBG with the idea that the freedoms we have today are due to the work that has been done throughout history by women such as herself. 

I worked with Jonathan Shelley in Virginia to gather 17 women and girls to record this poem, stitched their voices together, and enlisted the help of Paul Van Geldrop of the Netherlands to compose sweeping music to accompany the words. Finally, Kody Ramsey in Wichita, Kansas, constructed a stunning easel as the backbone to the performance, allowing a sturdy structure and elegant movement for the canvas to exist on. 

The ninety seconds that I was given on the Miss America stage was spent lifting up the work of the women who came before us and paving the way for the women who will come after us. Click here to see the video of my 90-second painting of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Annika Wooton, Annika, Speed painter, miss kansas, miss wooded hills
Annika Wooton, Annika, Speed painter, miss kansas, miss wooded hills

Award-Winning Speed Painting Performance from Miss America 2020

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