On Saturday 16th May I did my first ever Instagram live interview and watercolour painting demonstration!
Here’s how it looked on screen with Philippa (aka @5ftinf) and I deep in conversation!
For better of for worse – you can still see the entire interview and demo on Philippa’s IGTV channel.
I can’t deny that in the run up to this ‘event’ I was quite stressed! Having never used the technology before, let alone ever really having filmed myself painting, I just didn’t really know what to expect.
I did give some consideration to what I would paint as my demo – in the knowledge that I wouldn’t be able to do an entire painting and the chat part of the format in the time available.
I opted for a view Brighton station, similar to one that I painted over a year ago. I did have to do quite a bit of work to turn it from a landscape to a portrait orientation so that it would better suit the format of Instagram stories and TV.
This first image below is the practice piece that I started on the day before the big event, finishing it off on Saturday morning.
As well as practising the painting, I also practised how I would set up my phone to film the painting. This is something that I’ve always shied away from in the past as being too much bother!
Now that I’ve done it once however, I feel much more confident that I could set this up pretty quickly in the future.
I filmed little excerpts of me painting different stages of the painting that I was able to post on Instagram stories to help promote the big event!
I’ve stitched all of these together here so that you can see an almost complete painting from start to finish. This was filmed in portrait format but I haven’t been able to edit it in this format so it’s little cropped but hopefully of some use/entertainment!
I’ve never done one of these time lapse videos before so would love to hear what you think of them and if you’d like to see more of them here on the blog?
I think one of the (many) things that came out of the experience was to make me think a little more creatively about how I might be able to use video / instagram etc to help promote my work.
The only nagging thing is that all of this has the potential to take away from the already limited amount of time I have to paint!
On the day itself, I painted this version of the same scene:
And here are the two side by side to you can compare and contrast:
I’ve stitched all of these together here to make an ‘almost’ complete start to finish painting that I hope some people may enjoy!
After the event, I was incredibly surprised, flattered and delighted to receive by email a portrait of me based on the interview!
This wonderful drawing was done by Rob who many of you may be familiar with as a long time follower and valued commentator on the blog.
All in all then, while it’s been a very different experience to a ‘physical’ open house – it’s still been hugely enjoyable and I feel that I have learnt a lot along the way and can take a lot of positives away from it.
I should also mention that my paintings are still (all!) available to buy on Philippa’s online shop and gallery until the end of May.
Needless to say, should anyone ever be interested in purchasing any of my work – you are most welcome to get in touch with me directly!