I have been meaning to take a look at the Arts Fairs at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington, Middlesex for ages and finally got around to doing that today.  I love looking at other artists work and I had some lovely conversations today.  The recession has certainly affected the amount of sales that artists are making, and despite there being some very excellent work in the building it did not look like a huge amount was being sold. 

I have come away with many ideas and lots of inspiration.  Cannot think of anything else to write just now.  Feeling sorry for the lack of sales, and hoping that people at least recover their costs.  And also good contacts are made. 

Painted at Bosham, Sussex, United Kingdom

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While pushing ahead with paintings, there is always plenty of tidying up to be done, and that means not only housework type chores but computer based ones….making images of paintings in progress (which I find a helpful practice) and also preparing past photographic work for display.  Part of this involves trying to get work out there, so that other people can enjoy it if they like it…Hence the title “Purchase Poster Prints of Imagery by Fine Artist Jenny Meehan” !

I spent a lot of time from around 2006 to 2009 on my photographic work, and still fall for the odd photographic image from time to time.  I don’t want to spend lots of time producing it as some do as  “limited edition” prints though…When I do produce it for specific people or events I number and sign the work, but I don’t limit it in an artificial way.  I don’t see the point…it’s not limited…there is no plate to wear out, there is no natural process of disintergration of the image.  Isn’t that whole idea just a marketing strategy?   Maybe if you are very famous for your photography and it actually means something it might serve some purpose, but for most of us, living in a world which suffers from an excess of images, the idea of limiting does not sit so well with me.  

So, if you want to take a look of some of my photographic work which has been selected for sale through my “Jenny Meehan Imagery” gallery at Photobox, follow the link.   I don’t sell all of my photographic work this way…but it’s a handy way to share my work, and I am impressed with the quality of prints and service that I personally have received from Photobox.  The prints, which are digital C-prints on archival quality photographic paper, are sent to you rolled.  They are not signed or checked personally by me, but as said, it’s a good company.    See also the “Photography” section on my website for more information on editions and print types if you would like to know more. 

Jenny Meehan Photographic Imagery

This is one of the images which is available to purchase through my “Jenny Meehan Imagery” gallery at Photobox.  If you require work produced in a different form, ie, a different substrate or size, this is often possible with much of my photographic work.

http://www.photoboxgallery.com/19507

 The problem with painting is its possibilities.  Limitless. Powerful. This scares me.  But as long as it doesn’t scare me enough to stop me stepping over the cliff every time I pick up a paintbrush then it does not have to be a problem.  As for the ideas…that’s another issue.  I have too many, I can’t realise them all.     

I went to the Tate Britain on Friday.  Loved watching a Henry Moore video….and glad a of comfortable chair to watch it in.  Spent most time looking at a painting by Peter Lanyon and also another by Sandra Blow.  I have not come across their work up until now, so I enjoyed this, and did a little research looking at more of their work and life afterwards.

I have recently been comforted to read about Matisse, and the fact that he had many artistic crises …So this must be quite normal, these bouts of self-doubt in the midst of certainty.  And what I am doing with my painting and drawing at the present time is surprisingly challenging, and bound to result in much thinking.  And some cause for analysis!  (Or maybe not).

Having spent  much time over 2008 and 2009 with drawing from the model, which was a disciplined, but very important experience for me, now it seems that I have let my imagination have free play.  This is both wonderful and alarming.  Presumably the two experiences will get together at some point?  

I have not even started to use some of the ideas I picked up when life drawing.  This is always the problem for me, there is just too much to learn, too much to develop, too much to get excited about and too much to explore.  I take many little lessons from my neighbour’s tortoise.  She wanders into the garden,  which is so green, verdant and rich with delight, but she moves around slowly and carefully.  S L O W L Y.            C A R E FULLY.   She does not rush.  The fastest part of her movement is the speed at which her head shoots back under her shell when she doesn’t know what’s happening.  And maybe in there she has thoughts which give birth to wild drawings which can flourish under the safety of her hard exterior!

Someone told me a while back to use my imagination…To draw from the imagination.   And so I am following that advice.   It was good advice, and if I get scared because I don’t quite know what is happening, then it’s necessary.  It doesn’t mean I cannot employ different strategies, interesting techniques, alternative approaches in the future.  The ways I put things down is not the issue.  I don’t have to rush ahead.   Drawing like this  doesn’t mean that suddenly I will loose what I have done before.

This drawing was made with charcoal, which I like because it is almost fluid, like paint, but has a nice rough feel to it.  It works well with speed, and having said I need to slow down, I have to confess that often I work rapidly.  I guess it is not so much the speed of a single work which I  refer to, rather a speed of thought, which must sit and accumulate for periods of time, before it is expressed.  

Stepping out with imaginative drawing at the present time

Back from the Awards Ceremony at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.  Great to see the delightful selection of work, and it was also very interesting to see a slideshow of all the work which was entered for the competition.  Many great pieces were not selected.  I am  grateful that one of my works was displayed as part of the exhibition.    I hope they get even more entries next year, as the way that the gallery have linked up with St Wilfrid’s Hospice is a wonderful thing, and it would be good for even more money to go to the Hospice and also to “Outside In” 

See this link for more;

http://www.openart.stwh.co.uk/2010_entries

Here is one of my works which was not shortlisted, but entered in the competition:

One of the entries for the St Wilfrid's Hospice/Pallant House Gallery Open Art Exhibition 2010

Very pleased to say that “Don’t Bank On It (Still Life)” has been selected for the St Wilfrid’s Open Art Competition in Association with Pallant House Gallery!  What is wonderful about this exhibition is that money will be redirected to a good cause and help enhance the quality of many peoples lifes, so I do hope it lots of work is sold and that the exhibition is a great success.  The exhibition is in the Studio at Pallant House and entry is free so do come along and look at the work on display.  There are 43 different artists exhibited in the gallery with a slideshow of shortlisted entries.  They had approximately 250 entries this year.  The exhibition runs from 3rd June until the 2nd July 2010.

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