Picasso!

February 23, 2009

I never seem to have as much time as I would like to read. I love looking at paintings… in the flesh is of course best, but even reproductions in books are pretty good to soak in. And “soak in” is the right expression. I cannot describe the way looking at paintings ministers to my soul. It’s like a balm.

I am currently reading and looking at “Picasso” by Roland Penrose. It’s the best kind of art book…BIG pictures, and informative but not woffly text. Here is one of my favourite extracts;

“The work of Picasso is more than a mirror of our times; it opens our eyes to the future. Its vitality and its insight, its tenderness and its violence, are born of an understanding and a love for humanity. His art goes far beyond a facile enchantment of the eye. It fulfils a more essential purpose – the intensification of feeling and the education of the spirit. Picasso looks at the world with new vision, and by his art he enables us to do likewise.”

Well now. I can go with that.
“the intensification of feeling and the education of the spirit”.
I’ll have some of that, thank you.

The list of work which has spoken to me is too long, but I have it at hand, to inspire me along the way.

My own work is relentless. I’m going to give myself a couple of days break soon. On Sunday, with my friend Mary, we presented our visual meditation on Christ being “the door” at St Paul’s Church in Hook, Surrey. It went down very well, and I was pleasantly surprised that people did engage well with it… I was not sure, as this kind of thing is quite new to the church.

 

TO FOLLOW THIS ARTIST’S BLOG SIMPLY GO TO THE RIGHT HAND COLUMN, LOCATE THE  “FOLLOW” BOX AND POP IN YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.  YOU WILL THEN RECEIVE MONTHLY UPDATES. 

Jenny Meehan is a painter, poet, and Christian contemplative  based in East Surrey/South West London.   Her interest in Christ-centred spirituality and creativity are the main focus of this artist’s journal, which rambles and meanders on, maybe acting as a personal (yet open to view)  note book as much as anything else.  If you read and enjoy it, this would be an added bonus! 

Her website is www.jamartlondon.com.  (www.jamartlondon.com replaces the older now deceased website http://www.jennymeehan.co.uk)

Jenny Meehan BA Hons (Lit.) PGCE also occasionally offers art tuition for individuals or in shared sessions.  Please contact Jenny at j.meehan@tesco.net or through the contact form at www.jamartlondon.com for further details as availability depends on other commitments.    

 Jenny Meehan works mainly with either oils or acrylics  creating both abstract/non-objective paintings  and also semi-abstract work.  She also produces representational/figurative artwork,  mostly using digital photography/image manipulation software, painting and  drawing.  Both original fine paintings and other artwork forms  and affordable photo-mechanically produced prints are available to purchase.

 It is also quick and easy to license an image for use through DACS.  Please note: Permission must be sought in advance if you wish to use images by Jenny Meehan. In the first instance, please contact Jenny Meehan. Copyright for all works of art by Jenny Meehan is managed by the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) in the UK. 

Jenny Meehan exhibits around the United Kingdom.   To be placed on Jenny Meehan’s  bi-annual  mailing list please contact Jenny via her website contact page:  www.jamartlondon.com

Also, you could follow the Jenny Meehan Contemporary Artist’s Journal at WordPress and keep informed that way. 

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Having recently been to see a lovely exhibition “No Love No Hate” by Mike Marshall at the Stanley Picker Gallery in Kingston, it set me thinking, and inspired me to chitter chatter for a while. Maybe tittle tattle for a bit, even.

I do enjoy hearing an artist talk about their work, as it does offer insights into different ways of interpreting and understanding the piece which is presented to a recipient in a gallery setting.  Sometimes it can add, sometimes take away, sometimes enhance and sometimes ruin… but it always brings something previously unthought of, for consideration.

The photographic image “Flood Plain” shows some pot plants standing on an expanse of cracked earth. Though differing from the blurb, and most probably from the artist’s own purpose, in this, I saw not a vain attempt to bring life into an environment which offered no hope of survival, but a sweet, symbolic act. Who is to say that the plants in pots would be left unattended to die? Despite the apparently endless situation, they were, after all, in their pots. Isolated from their original context of a garden centre, and radiating colour and intricate plant forms at the centre of the image, it was, to me, an image of strength and success – their placement centrally there in no way gave a sense of them being overcome or weaker in some way than their surroundings.  How different from the blurb “With no expectation of survival they will wilt, die and eventually be swept away in an inevitable flood”.

Does this difference matter?  No, not at all.  For the beauty of visual art, more so even than poetry, is the vastness of possiblilities open to anyone who LETS themselves respond in their own particular way. Does an artist seek to impress their own purposes onto others, or are they happy for what they do to be received in whatever way?  Most, I would hope, grant their fellow mortals release from their creative intentions, however interesting and valid they may be.

I enjoyed the exhibition very much.  In “Volume and Frequency” I particularly enjoyed the visual relationship between the two sections involving interplays of light and air on the leaves of trees and the sparkles of light from the movement of waves. Differences in movement, point of view, and subject matter, and just the simple links which ones mind automatically seeks to make when presented with two different visions made it most stimulating. I would have preferred to watch it in silence, and I could have also had much longer timespans for each part, but it opened my eyes to a type of art form I have not previously had much interest in at all, which is why I decided to go to the exhibition in the first place.

The piece entitled “No Love No Hate” really grew on me, and I think I could watch it for at least half a day! Won’t go on about that, but definately worth going to see!   Even better, of course, would to be in the exact location, in the flesh!     Never mind.

Being a great believer in the value of a contemplative approach to life, I found Mike Marshall’s  art resonated very well with me.

TO FOLLOW THIS ARTIST’S BLOG SIMPLY GO TO THE RIGHT HAND COLUMN, LOCATE THE  “FOLLOW” BOX AND POP IN YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.  YOU WILL THEN RECEIVE MONTHLY UPDATES. 

Jenny Meehan is a painter, poet, and Christian contemplative  based in East Surrey/South West London.   Her interest in Christ-centred spirituality and creativity are the main focus of this artist’s journal, which rambles and meanders on, maybe acting as a personal (yet open to view)  note book as much as anything else.  If you read and enjoy it, this would be an added bonus! 

Her website is www.jamartlondon.com.  (www.jamartlondon.com replaces the older now deceased website http://www.jennymeehan.co.uk)

Jenny Meehan BA Hons (Lit.) PGCE also occasionally offers art tuition for individuals or in shared sessions.  Please contact Jenny at j.meehan@tesco.net or through the contact form at www.jamartlondon.com for further details as availability depends on other commitments.    

 Jenny Meehan works mainly with either oils or acrylics  creating both abstract/non-objective paintings  and also semi-abstract work.  She also produces representational/figurative artwork,  mostly using digital photography/image manipulation software, painting and  drawing.  Both original fine paintings and other artwork forms  and affordable photo-mechanically produced prints are available to purchase.

 It is also quick and easy to license an image for use through DACS.  Please note: Permission must be sought in advance if you wish to use images by Jenny Meehan. In the first instance, please contact Jenny Meehan. Copyright for all works of art by Jenny Meehan is managed by the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) in the UK. 

Jenny Meehan exhibits around the United Kingdom.   To be placed on Jenny Meehan’s  bi-annual  mailing list please contact Jenny via her website contact page:  www.jamartlondon.com

Also, you could follow the Jenny Meehan Contemporary Artist’s Journal at WordPress and keep informed that way. 

Time Goes By (reflection)

February 13, 2009

There’s not enough time, or is there?

It has always seemed a tragedy to me, that the older you get, the quicker time seems to go by. Is it unfair? Maybe that is not the right expression, but while wrinkles develop, flesh sags, and feet grow tired more quickly, we want to achieve and do more, (well, I speak for myself). Everything becomes more urgent as it dawns more clearly that life does not go on forever.

I know some people believe in reincarnation, but  I think  that even if I did,  I wouldn’t  be able to do the same things  I can do now, if I was a frog. Well, I don’t think I would.

Which brings me on to the value of contemplation.

Now, just stop for a moment.

Don’t read. Here is a nice big space for you, in case you find the text gets in the way.

space

space

space

Ahhh, that’s better.

Of all the things I personally need to do, one of the most important is to take the time…take hold of it with both hands, and do NOTHING.

If you are someone like me, who believes that life is not just about the material things, but has a spiritual dimension, then, it is worthwhile pausing from time to time.

I find it hard to let go of what I am doing. Do you? But it’s a good idea to make a point of letting go. Otherwise, you get to feel after a while that everything has a hold on you, and not the other way round. You don’t feel free. You can hardly breath. There is toooooooo much to do. Life becomes oppressive.

We all have the same amount of time each day. It goes at the same speed for all of us. It’s what we decide to do with it which counts.

 

Edit note:  My old website http://www.jennymeehan.co.uk is no longer living, so if you would like to see what I am doing currently, then please follow the link to my new website which is http://www.jamartlondon.com.   www.jamartlondon.com

TO FOLLOW THIS ARTIST’S BLOG SIMPLY GO TO THE RIGHT HAND COLUMN, LOCATE THE  “FOLLOW” BOX AND POP IN YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.  YOU WILL THEN RECEIVE MONTHLY UPDATES. 

Jenny Meehan is a painter, poet, and Christian contemplative  based in East Surrey/South West London.   Her interest in Christ-centred spirituality and creativity are the main focus of this artist’s journal, which rambles and meanders on, maybe acting as a personal (yet open to view)  note book as much as anything else.  If you read and enjoy it, this would be an added bonus! 

Her website is www.jamartlondon.com.  (www.jamartlondon.com replaces the older now deceased website http://www.jennymeehan.co.uk)

Jenny Meehan BA Hons (Lit.) PGCE also occasionally offers art tuition for individuals or in shared sessions.  Please contact Jenny at j.meehan@tesco.net or through the contact form at www.jamartlondon.com for further details as availability depends on other commitments.    

 Jenny Meehan works mainly with either oils or acrylics  creating both abstract/non-objective paintings  and also semi-abstract work.  She also produces representational/figurative artwork,  mostly using digital photography/image manipulation software, painting and  drawing.  Both original fine paintings and other artwork forms  and affordable photo-mechanically produced prints are available to purchase.

 It is also quick and easy to license an image for use through DACS.  Please note: Permission must be sought in advance if you wish to use images by Jenny Meehan. In the first instance, please contact Jenny Meehan. Copyright for all works of art by Jenny Meehan is managed by the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) in the UK. 

Jenny Meehan exhibits around the United Kingdom.   To be placed on Jenny Meehan’s  bi-annual  mailing list please contact Jenny via her website contact page:  www.jamartlondon.com

Also, you could follow the Jenny Meehan Contemporary Artist’s Journal at WordPress and keep informed that way. 

Though I already have a Journal on my website, jennymeehan.co.uk,  (SEE CORRECTION) I thought it would be nice to have somewhere I could ramble on a bit more, and so here is my wordpress blog!  I’m an visual artist based in Chessington, Surrey, United Kingdom.  Chessington is also counted as being part of South West London.  I work with a variety of media, primarily paint, paper and metal, and create both two dimensional and three dimensional art.  I also enjoy writing poetry.

I plan to make an entry on my blog at least once a month.  It might be more than that sometimes if I am feeling particularly chatty.  I imagine that my focus on the blog will be to do with my writing activities and things I am currently interested in, or researching.  I still think I will put many of my thoughts with regard to the visual arts on my website journal.

Having  said that, I will be posting recently completed work here, and also I will keep you up to date with what I am currently doing.  I enjoy writing very much, so I am looking forward to writing regularly here.

 

Edit note:  My old website http://www.jennymeehan.co.uk is no longer living, so if you would like to see what I am doing currently, then please follow the link to my new website which is http://www.jamartlondon.com.   www.jamartlondon.com

 

TO FOLLOW THIS ARTIST’S BLOG SIMPLY GO TO THE RIGHT HAND COLUMN, LOCATE THE  “FOLLOW” BOX AND POP IN YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.  YOU WILL THEN RECEIVE MONTHLY UPDATES. 

Jenny Meehan is a painter, poet, and Christian contemplative  based in East Surrey/South West London.   Her interest in Christ-centred spirituality and creativity are the main focus of this artist’s journal, which rambles and meanders on, maybe acting as a personal (yet open to view)  note book as much as anything else.  If you read and enjoy it, this would be an added bonus! 

Her website is www.jamartlondon.com.  (www.jamartlondon.com replaces the older now deceased website http://www.jennymeehan.co.uk)

Jenny Meehan BA Hons (Lit.) PGCE also occasionally offers art tuition for individuals or in shared sessions.  Please contact Jenny at j.meehan@tesco.net or through the contact form at www.jamartlondon.com for further details as availability depends on other commitments.    

 Jenny Meehan works mainly with either oils or acrylics  creating both abstract/non-objective paintings  and also semi-abstract work.  She also produces representational/figurative artwork,  mostly using digital photography/image manipulation software, painting and  drawing.  Both original fine paintings and other artwork forms  and affordable photo-mechanically produced prints are available to purchase.

 It is also quick and easy to license an image for use through DACS.  Please note: Permission must be sought in advance if you wish to use images by Jenny Meehan. In the first instance, please contact Jenny Meehan. Copyright for all works of art by Jenny Meehan is managed by the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) in the UK. 

Jenny Meehan exhibits around the United Kingdom.   To be placed on Jenny Meehan’s  bi-annual  mailing list please contact Jenny via her website contact page:  www.jamartlondon.com

Also, you could follow the Jenny Meehan Contemporary Artist’s Journal at WordPress and keep informed that way. 

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