Franz Marc Creation II woodcut

Franz Marc Creation II woodcut

 

How I love this example!  I did not, of course, see it at the Richmond Printmakers Exhibition at the Penny School Gallery in Kingston Upon Thames, but I did see many other examples of different printmaking techniques at this exhibition entitled “Spring Greens”.  There were thirteen artists exhibiting, and I must admit to being draw to the lino cuts and the wood cuts more than any other types of print.  Collograph was also attractive and would be a good way of me using my already existing interest in paper within my practice.  From translating paper into a photographic print, I could maybe next try out the process of making prints in a more immediate and materially connected way.   What I loved about the lino cuts I saw was the blank areas of rich full colour and the actual surface of them, of course, is totally unique and something one could not achieve with a paintbrush.  My digital photography has been leaning in that direction for a while.

I saw many exciting woodcuts in the Sussex Barn Gallery at West Dean, last year, and in particular remember with enthusiasm the work of Merlyn Chesterman, a printmaker and painter who graduated from Bath Academy of Art, Corsham.  She worked in Asia for 20 years before setting up a studio in Britain.  Maybe one day I will be fortunate enough to learn something from her.  It’s a wonderful ancient art form, and I love the way that one can draw on the nature of the wood itself.  There are so many different kinds of wood and paper, and it would be great to explore those sometime.

I want to try out some traditional printmaking.  I love my digital photographic printmaking, and I don’t see it as inferior, unlike some people, but I like to get messy.  Snobbery in art is rife.  And it’s death, too.  To creativity, it is meaningless.  There is only one attitude for an artist, and that is humility, in my opinion.   My humble opinion, of course!

 

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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

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"Blue Boat" Oil Painting by jenny meehan (after Ivon Hitchens)

“Blue Boat” Oil Painting by jenny meehan (after Ivon Hitchens)

 

Oh, well. Despite a terrrible sold, er, I mean cold, I feel rather merry, at least for a moment, having recently received a nice little pat on the back. These things are always encouraging. My painting “Blue Boat” was highly commended by the judges in the Needhams Open Art Competition 2009 which is run by Ovenden Contemporary Limited.

Er, I seem to have lost some of my post, and I am experimenting with the images.  So, here is another look!

The text I seem to have lost,  well, it just said about the course I went on  at West Dean College, near Chichester in Sussex.  It was there I painted this in 2008, as part of the excellent “Landscape and figure painting in Oils , the British Tradition” led by John T Freeman.  Heaven.  Paint all day, and some of the evening, and enjoy the wonderful gardens at West Dean College.  Heaven.  It must be.  Going there again soon, for a blacksmithing course…Looking forward to that.

an oil painting experiment carried out while studying the work of Ivon Hitchens and Constable

an oil painting experiment carried out while studying the work of Ivon Hitchens and Constable

 

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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. 

Van Gogh

March 10, 2009

Currently reading a wonderful book; “Van Gogh” by Ingo F Walther and Rainer Metzger, published by Taschen. Now, this is the kind of writing about art I like. I have not patience or time for some of the woffle people both write and speak about visual art, but this book is good. Very interesting historical approach, and it puts Van Gogh in his context, with lots of extracts from his letters and loads of photographs.

How pleasing it is for me to read about an artist with a Christian faith too. In our current time it is unpopular to have a faith in God of any type. The idea of there being no God is such a dominant one. In reality, there are thousands of people worldwide with numerous different kinds of beliefs, all sharing FAITH. I have been inspired by the programme recently shown in the UK “Around the world in 80 faiths”…is it called that? I will have to check, but if you have seen it you will know what I mean! The idea that “God is dead” is out of date, in my mind.

Here is an extract from one of Van Gogh’s letters;
“Now, I equally believe that everything that is truly good and beautiful in Man and Man’s works, everything of a moral, inner,spiritual,sublime beauty, all derives from God…Try to understand what the great artists, the serious masters, are ultimately saying in their finest works – God is in it. One will have expressed it in a book, another in a painting. So Art is worship, or divine service, inasmuch as it places Beauty (which is the same thing as Goodness) in the heart of Man.”

Mmmm, like that.

Now I am off to read, paint a little, and do some washing.

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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