One of my favourite drawings at the moment

One of my favourite drawings at the moment

What a great name, Gianni Carlo Sciolla. What a great book also. I came across it at West Dean and it’s blowing my mind.  Look at this wonderful example.  I have got a long way to go!  What masterly examples lie before me…who says the past is past?  Work like this outlives the hands and eyes that create it.

Very busy at the moment, working on some images to prepare for printing ready to exhibit and also experimenting with different drawing/sketching media. I am torn… I want to draw and paint, only draw and paint, but I have to just accept that there are different times for different things.

This term at my life drawing class I am going to experiment with different media and the image here is one of my efforts. I’m enjoying experimenting with different kinds of mark making and also love the earthy colour, here, due to the oil bar. I’ve ordered lots of brown Kraft paper, as I like that to work on, and I am going to use soft pastels too, to smudge in colours…they bring such an emotional response themselves. Soft, I want to use them softly, to bring in some contrasts with the marks. I’m not looking for highly finished looking art, I like a certain looseness, it’s a bit like the difference between a typeface and someones handwriting…there needs to be flexibility within the work…deviations from regularity make it more interesting. Having said all that, I also make myself take a more disciplined approach too…the main thing is to look and see, and not get too hung up about what’s happening on the paper.

I am just beginning

I am just beginning

"Moon Key" by Jenny Meehan copyright 2008

"Moon Key" by Jenny Meehan copyright 2008

I am definately going to play around with the Kippfigur, ( J. Albers)maybe keep it in my bag for smearing colour into when I am waiting for the bus or something. What an endearing little beast it is.

My recent concentration on, well, colour concentration/intensity, as I try out different versions of my two recent photographic/markmaking combinations, “Flee” and, well, the other one, (still untitled at the moment)(it may well take on the name “Untitled”)(And I said I would never do that… oh dear)

Let’s get back to the point, if we can find it… Well, I am enjoying seeing some of my images which I have only seen on screen, in print. Colour is amazing… Colour on the screen with light has its own quality, colour laid down as a photographic emulsion has its own quality, the colour of oil paint, laid down with brush, in beautiful layers, has its own quality. It’s stunning how much difference there is, even in what appears, superficially, to be “the same colour”.

I have had a little meander…

[http://www.cs.brown.edu/courses/cs092/VA10/HTML/AlbersExplanation.html]

I have picked up stuff about colour theory before, though I fear making my art into a science with too much rational cerebral activity, it can be interesting to read about these things. I do like Josef Albers work too… I never realised I could get so much pleasure from a square. I have always thought the static quality of a square as a shape was interesting, and have experimented in the past (when making greetings cards with coloured paper) trying different combinations of squares, rectangles and colours.

I think if an image brings an element of interest, and also a slight feeling of confusion, (or maybe, more accurately, a feeling of not quite being able to understand what is going on, or what the image “means” for those of us that like that kind of thing), this is quite a desirable thing.

I understand (I think) that it is not possible for the human eye to grasp a figure in a purely geometrical way. One can see this very clearly when considering optical illusions of different kinds. These are based on the principle of combining two or more graphic elements, which, (as is so nicely put by Adrian Frutiger in his book “Signs and Symbols their design and meaning” ) causes  “Confusion between intellectual, geometric exactitude and that which is visually felt.”  Ahh, it is this which causes confusion for the viewer… Now I know.

Interesting.

Well, I’m pleased today having just sold one of my photographic/markmaking prints… it looks great in its new form. It was nice as a painting, but I think it has come up a treat in its more recent expression. It is titled “Three Sheep”. It started off as one of the paintings on a painting course I was on last year. It’s luscious. I have also sold a photographic print of “Moon Key” to the same person. I am pleased to say that, (unlike when it was on display recently as part of the exhibition for the the Kingston First photography competiton at the Bentalls Centre in Kingston recently)it will be displayed the correct way up!!! AAAAhhhh! And I put an arrow on the back of the print too!!! It’s fine on the website. Ah, well, I should just be grateful. At least it was chosen for the exhibition, not all of the entries were, only around half, so I must not moan. But, I want you to know if you have seen it…IT IS A LANDSCAPE…that is the whole point of it!

"Three Sheep" by Jenny Meehan copyright 2009

"Three Sheep" by Jenny Meehan copyright 2009

As yet without a title, I am experimenting with colour intensity, so it is a work in progress.

As yet without a title, I am experimenting with colour intensity, so it is a work in progress.

Well now, “Six Characters in Search of an Author” by Pirandello was one of my favourite plays when I studied it (at Hillcroft College in Surbiton) as part of my CNAA Certificate, before going to University. So I leapt at the chance to go and see a visual take on the play last Wednesday. I spent a lot of the evening of the private view re-reading the play, on some nice comfortable cushions in the stage area. This was a great idea. I did socialise a bit too… when I had finished my skim read! Sara Fanelli has her own very distinctive style of visual communication, and it must have been great for her to be able to carry out her work on a large scale in a gallery setting, rather than on the pages of a book. I was very struck by the two rusty anvils holding one of the large wooden panels in place. A very interesting exhibition, and a lovely evening.

Image is one of fruits of my life drawing labours, translated digitally. I’m working on different methods of presentation for my photographic work. It’s not conventional, and I am not keen to present it in the traditional way of a glass glazed picture frame, with mount. Well, for some might be OK, but not all. And then, of course, what papers exactly for which images? I am realising that to create the image is only the beginning of the story! I am excited that when I get the opportunity to exhibit at the CornerHOUSE Arts Centre in Tolworth early next year, I will have some great space to use, which is a new experience for me. It opens up lots of exciting possibilities. As is my usual fashion, I have billions of ideas and not enough time, money, or energy to make them all happen, but it is fun thinking about them.

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