… I was due to be heading to Cambridge this weekend for my Alvaro Castagnet Masterclass workshop. This was booked back in January and I’d been so looking forward to it. As the saying goes however, the writing was on the wall some time ago. I resigned myself to it being cancelled long before I received formal notification from the organisers.
May is also when I would normally be participating in the annual Brighton Festival artists open houses event. This year I had been invited to show at 64 Sandgate Road – part of the Fiveways group that started off Brighton’s now prolific Open House movement over thirty years ago.
64 Sandgate Road is the house of Philippa Stanton, aka @5ftinf. I met Philippa at the Open House I did last year and, at the end of 2019 when I found myself open house ‘homeless’ this year – Philippa took pity on me and kindly invited me to show in her house.
Naturally, this again was pre B.C. (Before Corona). As with just about everything else, this year’s Open Houses have been postponed but Philippa isn’t one to be deterred by a mere global pandemic!
Instead, Philippa is taking her Open House online. Using her main Instagram account @5ftinf (followed by over 400k people around the world!) – Philippa is conducting a series of live interviews and demonstrations with the artists and makers that would otherwise have been exhibiting in her house.
Philippa has also set up an online shop/gallery where people can see and buy work from all of the artists and makers.
Philippa and I will be in conversation on Saturday 16th May at 2pm GMT – and I’ll also be doing a bit of work on a painting too. Having never done anything like this before, I have absolutely no idea how it will work – or even if it will work at all!
So, instead of a painting masterclass with Alvaro Castagnet this weekend – I’ll be doing a live interview and demo of my own!
In preparation – I’ve been turning my mind to what I might paint. I want it to be a local view and, at the moment and am thinking it will be a Brighton station view.
Here’s something I painted that I thought may do the trick:
I won’t paint this exact view or composition, but I’d like to keep some elements of it! I was quite pleased with how the figures turned out and I like some of the looseness in the roof. It’s perhaps a little too symmetrical as a composition so I need to have a little play around but I enjoyed painting this. I only hope I can convey some of this when speaking and painting live on Saturday!
The interview will take place on instagram via Philippa’s account, so please do stop by and say hello if you can!
Here’s another painting that I’ve just completed too. This time the inspiration came from a photo on Instagram by Simone Arruda in Sau Paulo. The original photo was in black and white but I was struck by the contrast and atmosphere and felt challenged to paint it. Afterwards, I shared it with Simone and she very kindly granted me permission to share it.
Again – there are some elements about this that I’m really pleased with and I do like the overall atmosphere and sense of light pouring in through the window.
Painting it also really made me hark for the day when we can sit in a cafe again and just read the papers!
Returning to my Alvaro Castagnet workshop – I’m delighted to be able to report that it has been rearranged for a similar time in May 2021 and that my place is already booked!