I would say that the most of Brakhage’s extensive painting on film was inspired 
by the socalled Abstract Expressionist painters, I believe he said as much.

Brakhage was certainly not painting or scratching (“cute”) little animated 
figures or the same tiresome (easy/lazy) cliches as most practitioners end up 

> On Dec 4, 2017, at 3:48 PM, Robert Withers <withe...@earthlink.net> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am bemused by this topic since the questioner specifically referred to 
> "abstract expressionist" painting on film There have been a lot of painters 
> on film including myself, and kids I taught in film class.
> But I've never been aware of a painter on film who wasn't inspired 
> specifically by the traditions and techniques of experimental or animated 
> film, and the very technology of motion picture film itself.
> Abstract expressionists were very self-conscious of their specific practice 
> (I don't remember who named the style). With the big expressionistic 
> body-gestures it seems to have little to do with the careful, miniaturistic 
> practices of painters on film, no matter how free the projected image looked. 
> I fondly remember Brakhage's Persian Series which he created with a lightbox 
> and painting kit on the tables of a Colorado Cafe. 
> Maybe art historians of the future will link all free abstract images as 
> "abstract expressionism" but I don't think so.
> Cheers,
> Robert
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>>  Re: Painting directly to film 
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