Please note that my website address is now www.jamartlondon.com 

Just seen the Picasso Prints at the British Museum.  You are allowed to take photographs of them, which I did for some to use for reference purposes.  Very pleased about that, as I like to spend as much time as possible looking at others work, if it inspires, and certainly many fine etchings DID inspire.

Having just been to see the “Picasso and Modern British Art” at Tate Britain, (for a price!) with the annoying restrictions of once entering the exhibition, having to stay there (no exit and re-entry) it will be nice to swan in and out and return as many times as desired to the Picasso Prints at the British Museum.  The “Picasso and Modern British Art” was good to see, yes, but it’s hard not to feel stung by the price.  Certainly I think for £15 re-entry should be possible, unless the exhibition is so overcrowded that this is not possible.

“He never gets away from the object, but through it.  The object is not a symbol for anything, it is everything”   Quote from Myfanwy Evans in “Axis” A Quarterly Review of “Abstract” Painting and Sculpture No 2 April 1935  Reprint Tate Library and Archive Z03205

My favourite painting on display: “The Source” 1921. Oil on canvas.  I like this classical subject, and the female figure which appears as the personification of rivers, a reference backed up by the title and the amphora, is something I have made a note of.  I feel the absence of the human figure in my work right now.  I am gathering notes and thoughts about what kinds of figures I might experiment in the future with, when I decide to focus myself on painting objects and dealing with recognisable subject matter.  I love, just love the colours in the painting.

This leads me to the sculptures in the part of the exhibition “Henry Moore and Picasso”.  I have always been very interested in Henry Moore’s work and it was one of the most interesting sections of this exhibition in my opinion.  I found “Composition 1943” in cast concrete grabbed me.  Both the material, which was unexpectedly beautiful, and the relationship between the components of the piece were the main draw for me.  I would like in the future to experiment with concrete as a material.  Yet another desire to join the never ending queue!  I spent a long time looking at “Seated Figure 1930” in Alabaster.  I like the way that the original shape of the stone is retained by the way the composition is worked into it.  A lovely attractive blockiness (is that a word, if not, it should be!). Amazing carved wood sculpture too, completely amazing.  Having tried out a little wood carving myself I could appreciate better the achievement.

I made a lot of notes and spent around three hours, keen to get my money’s worth, though I do not feel that this is the best way of experiencing an exhibition of this kind.  Far from it.  I was interested in the rooms on Duncan Grant and Picasso,  Ben Nicholson and Picasso, and Henry Moore and Picasso.  I was NOT interested in Francis Bacon and Picasso, Graham Sutherland and Picasso, David Hockney and Picasso or Wyndham Lewis and Picasso.  There is something I really DON’T like about Wyndham Lewis’ work.  I feel quite repulsed.  I am not sure why, and I won’t spend the time analysing it.  It was a delight to see “The Three Dancers” in the flesh, and there are lots of other notes I have made on various works and my thoughts about them.  It’s a pleasure to be able to go to an exhibition like this and take so much away.  The only problem being there is never sufficient time to explore my ideas  because I have too many.  Never mind.

This is a VERY good read on the Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition, far better than I can produce with my less inclined will and the desire to spend as much of my time as possible painting, along with the necessary household chores, which never disappear.

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n06/tj-clark/false-moderacy

Also popping in and out of the National Gallery as much as possible.

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/giovanni-girolamo-savoldo-mary-magdalene

As for my own work, after a computer disaster, I have got a little behind with the processing of images.  But a disaster has turned into a blessing, because though I have lost my Photoshop software, I have been forced to try out some freeware, much of which is proving great fun to use.  It maybe even better for what I am now tending to use digital photography for, which is record keeping mainly.  I am missing many aspects of Photoshop but it’s doing me no harm to try out some different software, and I’m very impressed with the batch editing I am now getting rather carried away with.  This has enabled me to quickly and easily produce websize images which serve the purpose of providing a helpful record of areas of paint on my current paintings.  I have three non-object acrylic paintings now completed, and here are samples from them:

Acrylic Painting Sample from recent paintings by Contemporary British London/Surrey based painter Jenny Meehan. See  more examples of non-objective and representational british painting. www.jamartlondon.com

Acrylic Painting Sample from recent paintings by Contemporary British London/Surrey based painter Jenny Meehan. See more examples of non-objective and representational british painting. Please note that my website address is now http://www.jamartlondon.com

One of many images taken from recent paintings.  Enjoying batch editing!

Acrylic Painting Sample from recent paintings by Contemporary British London/Surrey based painter Jenny Meehan. See  more examples of non-objective and representational british painting. Please note that my website address is now www.jamartlondon.com

Acrylic Painting Sample from recent paintings by Contemporary British London/Surrey based painter Jenny Meehan. See more examples of non-objective and representational british painting. Please note that my website address is now http://www.jamartlondon.com

Acrylic Painting Sample from recent paintings by Contemporary British London/Surrey based painter Jenny Meehan. See  more examples of non-objective and representational british painting. Please note that my website address is now www.jamartlondon.com

Acrylic Painting Sample from recent paintings by Contemporary British London/Surrey based painter Jenny Meehan. See more examples of non-objective and representational british painting. Please note that my website address is now http://www.jamartlondon.com

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I fancy making a more ridiculously long title, but this will do for now.

Just put a video on YouTube of the exhibition currently running at Leatherhead Theatre.  Do come along and see it.  Nice cafe opposite the theatre too.  There are 40 works on show, not all of them are included in the video, as there is also work hung in the Mezz Bar area.  The hanging went well.  Ideally I would have liked a little more space in between the pieces, but as we had a lot of work it was a bit of a squeeze. 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5ZPhgA8CcA

As I am now up in London a couple of times a week, I am taking the opportunity to visit various galleries and see exhibitions, and en route to my destination I pass by Llewellyn Alexander (Fine Paintings) Ltd.  This is very handy as I have gained a lot from my time spent looking at the last two exhibitions and I intend to continue my visits.  While my own painting mainly non representational right now, I do love subject matter of the more obvious and external kind, and through looking at the work of other accomplished painters with more experience than myself, I am getting a strong sense of what exactly I value and admire, both in terms of emotional and psychological content as well as formal features. 

 I enjoyed some excellent paintings by Jeremy Barlow recently.  I don’t like busy street scenes and cafe scenes at all, and so I was surprised to find myself drawn INTO the gallery.   I had spotted some of  the quiet, soft and sensitively painted landscapes, blissfully free of crowds of people, and also some quite magical paintings of Venice with a kind of psychological depth which I always find attractive. 

I have also seen the exhibition at Hauser and Wirth, London W1J 9DY.  I have often admired Joan Mitchell’s painting and the exhibition “The Last Paintings”  was time well spent.  I enjoyed the scale of the paintings.  I am sad I do not have the facilities to make wall size paintings (what size is a wall?!) because I think with the non objective painting I’m busy with right now, it would be very interesting to try something out on a large scale.   

See: http://abstractcritical.com/2012/01/joan-mitchell-the-last-paintings/

and http://www.hauserwirth.com/exhibitions/1223/joan-mitchell-the-last-paintings/view/

 I am starting to think of a body of non-objective painting through which I can really throw myself about and achieve the satisfaction of experimenting without any restraint.  Sounds good, but, well, not quite true, because I find restraint is the very necessary ingredient to make a visually cohesive expressionistic work, so maybe that is the wrong word.  Rather, I will have some space, and within that space, establish the limitations required, without narrowing down the elements I experiment with. Well, that’s the aim anyway.  Thankfully, a nice opportunity has presented itself to exhibit some non objective paintings at Allied Healthcare in Chessington for three months from September this year.  A fine white wall is available, and I look forward to seeing some paintings hopefully breathing on it!

Enjoy a read from time to time:

http://www.axisweb.org/dlFULL.aspx?ESSAYID=17

Cross to find I have missed this exhibition, but the video was excellent.  I seem to be managing to feed myself intellectually right now. 

http://abstractcritical.com/2012/03/danny-rolph-michael-stubbs/

As the children are getting older, it is becoming more possible to spend longer blocks of time in the studio and this has meant that I am also listening to a lot more music.  It does stop things from getting too intense to have music on while painting.  Particularly enjoying listening to my husband’s “Trent – Live at Spring Harvest” CD right now, and singing along to my favourite song “Perfect Sacrifice”.   

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jievt_72IKA&feature=related

While rather tired from the effort involved in the last few weeks with the painting and drawing exhibition at Leatherhead Theatre “Some Kind of Narrative…” I still had the energy yesterday to pull together a poster for it, to go on the outside of Leatherhead Theatre so that passers by know that it is there.  I am quite pleased with it, bearing in mind it was a last minute effort and done rather quickly.   Amazing what you can do with Photoshop. Here it is:

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