“Warhol made his entrance with Blondie front woman Debbie Harry, who strode confidently onto the stage. The silver-haired Warhol, clad in black and sporting a pair of oversized pink glasses, trailed behind. Taking a seat, Ms. Harry patted her hair and asked Warhol in a husky voice, “Are you ready to paint me?”
“Yah,” Warhol replied.
Using the Amiga 1000 and the feed from a video camera, Warhol captured a digital photograph of Ms. Harry. Choosing one of the computer’s 4,096 colors, Warhol then used the “fill” function to “paint” the portrait, creating large blocks of color reminiscent of his signature portraits.
The whole process was completed in less than a minute.
Later, Warhol described the experience to Pat Hackett, whom he had been paying to transcribe his daily experiences as a way to track expenditures since being audited by the Internal Revenue Service in 1976. Warhol said, “The whole day was spent being nervous and telling myself that if I could just get good at stuff like this, then I could make money that way, and I wouldn’t have to paint.”