Thursday, 22 December 2011
Drawing People in the Pub
Last week's life drawing class at Kelham Island was unfortunately cancelled at the very last minute. My sketching friend Les always gives me a lift and he didn't know so, come 6.30, he turned up at my door anyway. It would have felt a bit of a let-down to just do nothing, so we decided to take our drawing gear to the pub instead.
The Gardener's Rest at Neepsend is a fab pub: really friendly, totally 'real', but also quite arty. They display artwork and photography on the walls and they often have music sessions, both impromtu and otherwise. It's where we always go after life drawing, so it was the obvious choice for the evening.
To start with it was very quiet in the main bar: just us, Pat the landlady and a couple of her regulars, including George in his flat cap. But it soon warmed up.
We picked a good night - a large group arrived for a works 'do' for someone called John, who was quite a raconteur, telling jokes and keeping the whole bar entertained. He played great guitar and sang some good singalong classics. I love drawing to music and even better if I can sing at the same time!
There were various very good musicians amongst the company who all did several turns, but the star of the show was Mo Andrews. Les and I were scribbling away throughout the performances, but when Mo opened her mouthed, we were both stunned into stillness. Her gravelly, blues voice could belt it out, but also be totally captivating and truly beautiful in the quiet numbers.
Magic evening. Thank you to everyone!