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 The idea that “God is dead” is out of date, in my mind.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.


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  ( replaces the older now deceased website

Jenny Meehan BA Hons (Lit.) PGCE also occasionally offers art tuition for individuals or in shared sessions.  Please contact Jenny at or through the contact form at 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:

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