Jul 26 2008 8:20pm

SDCC: Rick Berry--another three-in-one demo

I am sure Rick Berry said many insightful and inspiring things during his demo -- Rick can often be insightful and inspiring -- but the crowd was so thick I couldn’t get anywhere near him to hear.

Like Jon, Rick did three paintings in ninety minutes. Unlike Jon, he did them on three separate surfaces and saved the audience the heartbreak of erasing them as he went.

Rick is an intuitive painter. He’ll calmly scribble lines in and let the painting tell him where it wants to go--gently shaping it and letting the process of painting inform his decisions on tehey. It makes for a particularly dynamic demonstration, not to mention wonderfully immediate and spontaneous paintings. One look on the little girl’s face in this photo above and you can see the magic involved.

Thanks again to our Spectrum friends for the co-sponsoring of this event. And a thanks to our con neighbor, Donato Giancola, who remains remarkabley calm as wet paint starts flying two feet away from his remarkable display of original paintings.

eric orchard
1. orchard
Mr. Berry's work is such an inspiration.There is so much power and elegance in his paintings.Missing this demonstration is probably the worst thing about not being at SDCC this year. Is that one of the finished pieces? It's amazing!
Jeffrey Richard
2. neutronjockey
Even before I got to the third paragraph I saw the fascinated look of the little girl and said, "there it is...the next generation inspired."

That's the real magic of art and artists.
Tara Chang
3. tlchang
That would have been amazing to watch. (Is going to get to post *video* of various things here? Like convention demos maybe? :-)
Maurizio Manzieri
4. MaurizioManzieri
@tlchang: eheh, Tara. See what I've found out...

From the Spectrum website:

"Spectrum managed to catch some video footage of the event, and Tor Books taped everything from the audience's perspective. We only have a small clip of video (in our website), but we'll also let you know where and when Tor has posted their full version."

Irene, we are in your hands... after 48 hours of well deserved rest, of course! :-)
eric orchard
5. orchard
@tlchang @MaurizioManzieri: I third that motion!
Tara Chang
6. tlchang
@MaurizioManzieri- Thanks a bunch! The Spectrum writeups are quite good as well.
Marilee Layman
7. mjlayman
The last time I ran into Rick, he had a lot more hair! Then again, mine is turning silver rather rapidly.
Irene Gallo
8. Irene
We will release a time lapse video of the demos, once we've caught our breath and taken a few naps. I'm looking forward to seeing them, myself. I did a fair amount of running around and crowd control during the demos that I didn't get to see much of the actual painting.

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