Trip on Saturday to Wimbledon Art Studios was very interesting.  I realise how important it is to follow your own unique direction, though this takes some nerve.   Words are really a waste of space when it comes to painting.  So that is enough said for today.

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I found an interesting website and forum discussion yesterday, and it got me thinking.  My own contribution is brief and no great revelation, just my own immediate response:

“Abstraction, yes, a process before anything else. My own understanding of it is that it’s something which can happen when a creator of whatever variety is free to manipulate whatever material they work with in a manner which is free of any need for it to be meaningful to anyone else. It’s a joy. The products are as diverse as the inspirations which make someone create something in the first place. I tend to settle on the “All art is abstract”.  As for the contributions here, they are all very interesting.”

The forum topic can be found here:  http://abstractcritical.com/2011/03/not-painting-not-sculpture-not-abstract/

I intend to take a little more time looking over the site, but have to confess to being  more motivated to spend my time working on some paintings I have “on the go” right now than spending too much time with theory.

Nice day today, saw a dear friend to discuss our paintings and also the work of a few other artists.   I also pop in here the video prepared for the Cornerhouse opening event, which is an assortment of work ranging over the last few years.  It’s so easy to put together these videos in Photostory, it’s hard to resist!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAXqzMIaF5k

If you want to come along and see the work “in the flesh” details are below:

http://www.thecornerhouse.org/shows/show.aspx?showid=280

The exhibition runs from Tuesday 6th December to Friday 30th December.  The opening night, which is open to all, is Tuesday 6th December 7pm to 9pm.  I will be there to answer any questions about my work and it should be an enjoyable, sociable time too.  Drinks and nibbles will be available, and there is work offered for sale, ranging from £15 for digital C-prints, up to around £300 for framed paintings.

It is possible to get access to the exhibition during Cornerhouse opening hours, but these do vary depending on what else is going on.  If you cannot make the opening night but would like to come along and view the work at another time, then take a look on the Cornerhouse website to see when the building is open.  Alternatively, feel free to contact me on j.meehan@tesco.net or via my website www.jennymeehan.co.uk .

 

“Inking Outside the  Block” is very corny, but I like it,  and corny-ness, if there is such a word, is no crime.   It fits the bill in terms of motivation for putting on this exhibition, which is my third solo exhibition.  It is “Inking Outside The Block” for several reasons, though I think I would have chosen this title anyway, because “thinking outside the box” describes well  the essence of creative thinking.

Anyway, the other thoughts around the title are that seven of the works on show are printmaking experiments which I produced at West Dean College, Sussex, this Spring.  This was my first time working with ink and lino, and I  found that I enjoyed working “outside the block” in two ways. The first was that instead of cutting the lino and printing from that,  I preferred to cut into paper and use it as a stencil, and the second was that I became very interested in using rollers experimentally,  both in terms of making different printerly marks and also of printing “outside the block” in the sense of printing outside of the standard rectangular format which I had previously associated with linoprinting.

I’d love to carry on with my experiments with ink, rollers and paper, so look forward to that in the future.  My main focus currently is still painting, and there are plenty of examples of that on show too, mainly work from 2010, but also including paintings I’ve done this year.  If you are able, do come along and take a look at what I have been doing.  It’s a small scale, friendly, community type opportunity to see my  work and talk about it, if you enjoy that kind of thing.

http://www.thecornerhouse.org/shows/show.aspx?showid=280

The exhibition runs from Tuesday 6th December to Friday 30th December.  The opening night, which is open to all, is Tuesday 6th December 7pm to 9pm.  I will be there to answer any questions about my work and it should be an enjoyable, sociable time too.  Drinks and nibbles will be available, and there is work offered for sale, ranging from £15 for digital C-prints, up to around £300 for framed paintings.

It is possible to get access to the exhibition during Cornerhouse opening hours, but these do vary depending on what else is going on.  If you cannot make the opening night but would like to come along and view the work at another time, then take a look on the Cornerhouse website to see when the building is open.  Alternatively, feel free to contact me on j.meehan@tesco.net or via my website www.jennymeehan.co.uk .

Preparing for the exhibiton has brought the issues of storage  and transportation of paintings into my mind.  Thankfully I don’t have

 

 

 Above “Hello Picasso!” Oil Painting on MDF – Jenny Meehan 2010

Still busy sorting out frames, mountings and fixings ready for my solo exhibition at the Cornerhouse in Surbiton, Surrey.  See:

http://www.thecornerhouse.org/shows/show.aspx?showid=280

The exhibition runs from Tuesday 6th December to Friday 30th December.  The opening night, which is open to all, is Tuesday 6th December 7pm to 9pm.  I will be there to answer any questions about my work and it should be an enjoyable, sociable time too.  Drinks and nibbles will be available, and there is work offered for sale, ranging from £15 for digital C-prints, up to around £300 for framed paintings. 

It is possible to get access to the exhibition during Cornerhouse opening hours, but these do vary depending on what else is going on.  If you cannot make the opening night but would like to come along and view the work at another time, then take a look on the Cornerhouse website to see when the building is open.  Alternatively, feel free to contact me on j.meehan@tesco.net or via my website www.jennymeehan.co.uk .

Preparing for the exhibiton has brought the issues of storage  and transportation of paintings into my mind.  Thankfully I don’t have many to store, but as I get to spend more time painting as the children get older, I will have to think of that.  I understand that I could store acrylics on stretchers in my loft (going on the Golden Acrylics advice page on the net) as long as they are properly packed.   The main issue would be heat and the acrylic softening, but as long as they are not squashed against eachother then that is fine.  Storing vertically is best.  Oil paintings I cannot store in the loft, because of the changes in humidity, so I will just have to tidy up some of the cupboards in the house I guess.  At least it’s an incentive to do some sorting out!

For transporting paintings I tend to use cardboard boxes, and put these inside a large suitcase with wheels.  This is quite handy if the paintings are heavy.  Paintings are cushioned with whatever comes to hand, sheeting, bubblewrap, scrunched up paper, that kind of thing.

 

 

It is very important to spend time looking at a painting in progress and when apparently “finished” because you still learn a lot from it.  If it can speak new ideas and thoughts to you, then it is not finished with its work, and I don’t like to let a painting go until the process is completely finished.  I have technically “finished” it with a couple of coats of Lascaux Fixativ.  This is good because it doesn’t destroy the gloss/matt relationships as some coatings would do.

I often use Clearshield Semi-gloss waterbased UV Protective coating, which is excellent for adding protection to acrylic paintings which you don’t want to mount behind glass.  It’s very heavy duty stuff…They use it on aeroplanes!  However, unless you want a uniform finish, the Lascaux Fixativ is best. It is important to add a protective coating to acrylic paint…though it is only slightly porous, it is porous, and it will get dirty and need to be cleaned.  I normally write on the stretchers what it is painted in and what it is coated with.

Busy sorting out frames, mountings and fixings ready for my solo exhibition at the Cornerhouse in Surbiton, Surrey.  See:

http://www.thecornerhouse.org/shows/show.aspx?showid=280

I have to just be a little bit “picky” and say that the exhibition is not “about” my own personal journey…The writing on the site was put together by someone else and while they did a very good job indeed, I don’t see my art practice as “about” anything, it is an expression which comes through my own personal journey.  Gosh, I am getting particular in my older age! Reading through the blurb, I also wonder if I use too many words, full stop.  I guess I do like writing and would consider myself a writer as well as a visual artist, and maybe I need to keep the two further apart.

The exhibition runs from Tuesday 6th December to Friday 30th December.  The opening night, which is open to all, is Tuesday 6th December 7pm to 9pm.  I will be there to answer any questions about my work and it should be an enjoyable, sociable time too.  Drinks and nibbles will be available, and there is work offered for sale, ranging from £15 for digital C-prints, up to around £300 for framed paintings.

It is possible to get access to the exhibition during Cornerhouse opening hours, but these do vary depending on what else is going on.  If you cannot make the opening night but would like to come along and view the work at another time, then take a look on the Cornerhouse website to see when the building is open.  Alternatively, feel free to contact me on j.meehan@tesco.net or via my website www.jennymeehan.co.uk .

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