The setting was a luxurious private home perched atop Hayward Hills with a breathtaking view of the bay and the ocean. The artist mounted his blank black canvas on an easel strategically placed on the spacious view deck and turned his back to the audience watching expectantly. Like me, many of us in the audience of 40 or so people had heard of 'speed painting' but never watched it performed live. Within minutes 34-year-old Vilas Nayak brought the portrait of Krishna to life under the influence of hauntingly melodious mood music. (See video below.) The impact on the audience was riveting. Many broke out in spontaneous applause; others roared their appreciation—"wow" and "mind-blowing" being the loudest cheers—;there was not one among us who was not moved by the performance or the paintings.