What’s Live Painting all about ?

What exactly is Live painting ? It’s a form of visual performance of art in which artists complete a visual art piece in a public performance. Often seen in public events, bars, music concerts, etc. The artwork is created live and may be planned or improvisational. The live art form is often contrasted with more studied fine art compostions because of the time frame the artist has to create, usually a few hours.


Not all artists are comfortable with Live painting. Many do no like to be observed while working and the time limit to created might be a element of stress for many creators. One thing is sure, it is not a problem for Steve Otis who enjoys Live painting and did a great amount of pieces in front of public in the last few years.

The events he participates to are often over a few days so it allows Steve to make at least a painting a day.

Here’s some pieces he did Live in the last few years :

Steve Live Painting-WM


Gorgoroth by Steve Otis

“I do not speak as I think, I do not think as I should, and so it all goes on in helpless darkness.”
― Franz Kafka

Artwork by Steve Otis, acrylics on canvas (20X28)




The Dream Within a Dream by Steve Otis

It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are… than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.

– Henry David Thoreau

Artwork by Steve Otis

This painting is owned by Steve Hackett (Ex-Genesis)