Yesterday evening I took part in the latest Drink and Draw at Rough Trade in Nottingham. 'The Drink & Draw Social encourages all artists of any ability to come with materials and simply draw, exchange ideas and socialize with the group.
It was really busy when I got there so had to take a pew in one of the surrounding booths. The evening was lively and I left a picture with them. They often set a theme and this time it was cubism. Some people don't bother sticking to the theme but I quite like to, as I think it pushes you to do something a bit different.
Here's a photo from their website which gives a good idea of what the tables look like once the evening gets going:
During the evening a chap I was speaking to, mentioned the artist Georgiana Houghton. I'd never heard of her so I've done a bit of research.....
Considering what a character she was and her striking work I can't believe I haven't heard of her.
She was born in 1814 and was a Spiritualist medium who, in the 1860s and 70s, produced a series of abstract watercolours. I'm not convinced at all that she was channelling and expressing communications with spirit entities but I find the work remarkably complex and their bold colours and fluid forms deeply absorbing especially considering the time she was painting them in.
There is an exhibition tour this year, which includes the Fitzwiliam Museum in Cambridge Oct-Dec so I will try and make a visit.
Here is one of the paintings:
Happy New Year Everyone!
January has been a busy month so far. I am currently preparing work to pass onto a company called 'Little Van Gogh'. They are workplace art consultants and have bases in Belgium, France, Germany, Holland and the UK. Their website is as follows: http://www.littlevangogh.co.uk/. They have asked for some large pieces so I am currently putting a collection together.
Here's pictures of the three I've recently finished..
I will also be looking into exhibitions to take part in this year and will post any news when I can.
At the end of last year I was struggling to find time and energy to complete artwork. Like a lot of artists I currently have a full-time job to ensure the bills get paid and I had to ensure I prioritised my art too. I always remember that I am happiest when painting and fit some time in my schedule. I love colour so I had a great time painting bright strong work whilst it was grey and raining outside. When painting I tend to put on movies and TV series in the background and make sure I have a large cup of tea!
I hope you are having a colourful new year :)