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: