• The   materials list for my Alvaro Castagnet painting workshop in Italy was extensive. An artist travelling 10,088 miles from home to an art workshop in a tiny colourful village about to slip into the beautiful crystal clear Mediterranean Sea, needs to be very well prepared.  I was so well prepared that it was difficult… [Continue Reading]

    Excess baggage
  •   Which is your favourite?

    Alvaro’s Gallery
  • I could not believe that 5 shops down from our apartment  in Paris was the most amazing art shop I have ever been in. So much to choose from.   Click here for the Charvin website.

    Artist’s heaven.
  • if you look closely Alvaro is still painting on the other side of the lady sitting down. We accidentally chose a bus stop to paint at. It didn’t phase Alvaro, he just kept painting. Alvaro was doing a painting demo and the white bus parked right in front. We all had to move. The guy… [Continue Reading]

    Bloopers
  • Alvaro takes us back to Piazza della Signoria. This is the square where the statue David by Michelangelo is. It is difficult to find a place for 15 artists to set up. The streets of Florence are crowded with tourists.  I set up my gear in a great spot, no one else wants it. I… [Continue Reading]

    The horse and Carriage

Excess baggage

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The   materials list for my Alvaro Castagnet painting workshop in Italy was extensive. An artist travelling 10,088 miles from home to an art workshop in a tiny colourful village about to slip into the beautiful crystal clear Mediterranean Sea, needs to be very well prepared.  I was so well prepared that it was difficult [...]

Artist’s heaven.

My new favourite store in Paris

I could not believe that 5 shops down from our apartment  in Paris was the most amazing art shop I have ever been in. So much to choose from.   Click here for the Charvin website.

Bloopers

Oops same outfit

if you look closely Alvaro is still painting on the other side of the lady sitting down. We accidentally chose a bus stop to paint at. It didn’t phase Alvaro, he just kept painting. Alvaro was doing a painting demo and the white bus parked right in front. We all had to move. The guy [...]

The horse and Carriage

Horse ride around Florence, yes please.

Alvaro takes us back to Piazza della Signoria. This is the square where the statue David by Michelangelo is. It is difficult to find a place for 15 artists to set up. The streets of Florence are crowded with tourists.  I set up my gear in a great spot, no one else wants it. I [...]

The man with the eye patch

Pop up gallery at Ufitzi

Under the great portico of the great Uffizi gallery you can find artists eking out a living. It is a cold damp place for a pop up gallery. However there is evidence of tolerance shown by both the artists and local law makers. I stopped to talk to one of the artists. He spends the [...]

Painting in Florence

Merry go round

On our first day we march to the Piazza della Repubblica and set up ready for a painting session. This square has an amazing Arch, Alvaro decides to paint the huge Arch, the view is stunning and beyond the Arch the buildings provide us with a lesson in perspective. Alvaro has the amazing ability to [...]

Window shopping in Florence

Florence Trattoria

We have a lovely time wandering aimlessly down the cobbled streets of  Florence. The Italian macelleria will have fewer pre-butchered products. If you ask for a slice of turkey that you want to make into scallopini, the butcher will slice the required number of scallops from a turkey breast for you while you wait. There [...]