Monday, 6 February 2017

OUT & ABOUT - Angelic Reiki


Very enjoyable weekend in which I received this! Nicely timed as I am a year into my spiritual healing course (half way through) and was looking for another big push forward. Very much want to explore magnetic healing next (not to be mistaken for healing with magnets) but can't find any courses in the uk... will keep looking :-) 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

INSPIRATION - Georginia Houghton, Spirit Drawings

I've just been doing some research of exhibitions put together by Psychic Artists and have come across this exhibition put on by the Courtauld Gallery last year, 16 June – 11 September 2016. I wish I'd seen it at advertised at the time as I would have loved to go down to London and have a look, it's had some brilliant press coverage with favourable reviews by the Guardian, Independent, the Times and Time Out.
★★★★★ “awe-inspiring visions of a Victorian medium”
The Guardian
★★★★★ “An absolute must-see”
Time Out
“A crucial show…the Courtauld is rewriting art history”
Sunday Times, Culture
Georgiana Houghton - Glory be to God

Georgiana Houghton (1814-1884) was a Spiritualist medium who, in the 1860s and 70s, produced an astonishing series of abstract watercolours. Detailed explanations on the back of the works declare that her hand was guided by various spirits, including several Renaissance artists, as well as higher angelic beings. In this exhibition The Courtauld Galley explores this astounding series of largely abstract Victorian watercolours and offers visitors a unique opportunity to view remarkable works which have not been shown in the UK for nearly 150 years.
Houghton was a prominent figure of the early spiritualist movement in Victorian England, which played a significant role in various spheres of nineteenth-century culture and was later championed by such influential figures as Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Spiritualism emerged as the belief that contact with a spirit realm was possible and that such communication could bring one closer to God. Houghton, a trained artist as well as a medium, pioneered the use of drawing as a method of channelling and expressing communications with spirit entities. During the 1860s and 1870s, she produced a series of unprecedented abstract watercolours as part of her practice as a spirit medium. Houghton called these works ‘spirit drawings’.
Houghton’s spirit drawings are remarkably complex and layered watercolours. Technically highly accomplished, their bold colours and fluid forms have a mesmerising and deeply absorbing effect. Detailed inscriptions on the back of the works declare that her hand was guided by various spirits, including family members, several Renaissance artists, such as Titian and Correggio and higher angelic beings. These inscriptions, which are a form of automatic writing, also make clear that Houghton’s richly patterned compositions are intended to be faithful visualisations of aspects of the spirit realm and designed to inspire and strengthen the spiritual life of their viewers. Although produced in a very different context, Houghton’s abstract works have close connections to the ways in which twentieth- century artists developed abstract languages of art to transcend the everyday realm of representation and consciousness.
In 1871 Houghton rented a prestigious gallery space in Bond Street and presented 155 of her spirit drawings to a perplexed London audience. The Critic from The Era newspaper pronounced it to be “The most astonishing exhibition in London at the present moment.” The Daily News likened the works to “tangled threads of coloured wool” and concluded that “They deserve to be seen as the most extraordinary and instructive example of artistic aberration.” The exhibition proved to be a commercial failure and nearly bankrupted Houghton. Although she continued to make spirit drawings after the exhibition, her ambition of popularising the practice was not realised. Today, less than fifty of her works are known.
There was also a one day symposium which I REALLY wish I had attended on the 7th September, I shall have to see if there have been notes taken and recorded somewhere from the session...
Join us for a one day symposium which brings together a range of artists, curators, art historians and historians of spiritualism to explore the connections between art, spiritualism and creativity in the nineteenth century to the present day.
Georgiana Houghton - The Eye of God

Sunday, 6 November 2016

WORKSHOPS - The Big Draw


I've spent the past month delivering The Big Draw sessions in local schools in Scarborough in conjunction with Scarborough Museums Trust. I've been too busy to take any photos but these lovely images have been posted on Seamer and Irton Primary Schools website. What a lovely school of children! I've also enjoyed running sessions in Braeburn, St. Martins, Hartford Vale, Newby & Scalby and Hinderwell.



  
    

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

OUT & ABOUT - Arts Award Training

Spent the afternoon in York on a training day for the Arts Award - Discover and Explore level. Interesting day... need to book onto the bronze and silver levels next :-) The Home School Educators that I teach with Scarborough Museums Trust are very keen to start on these awards.


Saturday, 22 October 2016

WORKSHOP - Scarborough Library


A busy couple of workshops today in Scarborough Library and Scalby Library... Pity I didn't get a moment to take any photos! Great fun though and lots of brilliant feedback :-) 

Saturday, 8 October 2016

WORKSHOP - Make It

Enjoyed making some little clay model heads today with the Saturday 'Make It' Art Club with Scarborough Museums Trust.... Here are a couple of them, they were made with air drying clay so they can take them home and paint them with some acrylic paint





Friday, 30 September 2016

STUDIO - Webb-Ellis


Enjoyable to have the lovely Webb-Ellis in my studio recently testing out ideas for their forthcoming workshops. They are working on a couple of pilgrimages and a film in conjunction with Susan Hillier and the Nunnery Gallery and Crescent Arts. 

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

WORKSHOPS - Fossil Festival, Rotunda Museum


Had a fun weekend on the beach running workshops for the #yorksfossilfest Some amazing sand scupture creatures were created and we even had top paleontologist Dean Lomax building a replica of a plesiousaur fossil. I'm still recovering from sunburn and muscle ache!




          

Thursday, 8 September 2016

INSPIRATION - Naked Trump

I'm loving these naked Trumps which have popped up in New York and a few other major US cities. 

The job of conceptualizing and creating the statues fell to a man who goes by the name “Ginger,” a Las Vegas-based artist. Ginger has said that he has a long history of designing monsters for haunted houses and horror movies. He spent up to 25 hours each week working on the statues since they were commissioned in April'. He used 300 pounds of clay and silicone to create the statues and said 'the candidate’s mouth ended up being his biggest sculpting challenge'





Sunday, 4 September 2016

OUT & ABOUT - Aura Photo (Kirlian)

Had my aura photo taken yesterday... #KirlianPhotography Very Exciting!






Sunday, 14 August 2016

OUT & ABOUT - Taxidermy Workshop

An interesting taxidermy demonstration today with Carl Church... Fascinating to know and watch the process of taxidermy although I think I maybe a bit too squeamish to go through the process myself... 





Tuesday, 5 July 2016

OUT & ABOUT - Norwegian Bands

Loving the colours of these Norwegian Marching bands I happened upon on the beach... you never know what you're going to come acroos on Scarborough beach!














  

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

OUT & ABOUT - Morris Dancers

I spied some of these Morris Dancers from my studio window.... Great colours and outfits...









Friday, 24 June 2016