December 18, 2014 4:53 pm

Digital artist Phil Galloway shows how to #MakeItHappen this Christmas

Last week at Old Spitalfields Market in London, Christmas shoppers had the chance to witness something truly extraordinary.

Digital artist Phil Galloway painted beautiful Christmas scenes and portraits live using a variety of Microsoft technology, including a Surface Pro 3 tablet, Lumia 930 and Fresh Paint app. This amazing setup was captured on the day by a film crew and fellow Connects community member, Jakob Montrasio who supported the creative direction of the shoot and shot behind the scenes stills with his Lumia 930.

See for yourself how the day went in the final video below and don’t forget to check out Jakob’s Lumia 930 shots – how’s that for a festive atmosphere?

Time to #MakeItHappen

phillGalloway2But why on earth was Phil painting there in the first place, we hear you ask. Well, to start with, Phil had a mission which he was passionate to fulfil with his art and Microsoft technology.

“My mission is to develop my traditional methods of art and drawing through mobile technology to produce realistic interpretations in digital paint. I want to fulfil, yet also challenge people’s perception of traditional art by producing engaging works in which people question how it was produced, what medium was used and on what platform it was created on. The Lumia phones along with Surface technology allow me this freedom and it is the viewer’s reactions to the work that drives me to keep learning, innovating and ultimately improving as an artist” he explained to us at Connects.

And…

“Things have happened since switching to Lumia. It’s not just through me making it happen – it’s through the community, Connects and Microsoft technology… it’s driven me to achieve my goals and dreams” says Phil.

Already familiar with Phil’s art through his MVC win back in September and the excellent tips he gave us for painting on our Lumias, we wanted to do everything we could to help him turn his passion into reality. We thought that Old Spitafields Market at Christmas was the perfect place to let him get creative on the go, while exhibiting his work solo and letting the audience get involved too.

Yes, you could be next!

“Things have happened since switching to Lumia. It’s not just through me making it happen – it’s through the community, Connects and Microsoft technology… it’s driven me to achieve my goals and dreams” says Phil. If you can think of ways technology can help you turn your passion into reality, why not get in touch with us here at Connects? All you need to do is tell us your hopes and dreams, and we might be able to #MakeItHappen for you too.

In the meantime, you can discover why Jakob loves his Lumia so much and check out more of Phil’s art from the shoot. We hope the happiness on his subjects’ faces will fill you with festive cheer; as ever, we’d love you to put those warm feelings into words in the comments below.