I was delighted to be informed that “Sorrow for Myself” has been selected as one of the works on show for The Ark 10th Anniversary Autumn/Winter Exhibition at “The Ark Centre” which is located on the ground of the North Hampshire Hospital, just off the Basingstoke ring road, Basingstoke.  If you would like to come along to the Opening Night on Friday 12th October, please contact me at j.meehan@tesco.net.

A bit about The Ark Centre…

In 2002 a new Education Centre, The Ark Centre, was opened on the hospital campus, run by the North Hampshire Medical Education Trust, a registered charity. This works in partnership with the hospital to provide many postgraduate education functions as well as running as an independent conference centre. Other partners in The Ark are the Pelican Cancer Foundation, a charity dedicated to the cure of pelvic & liver cancer by the use of precision surgical techniques, and Southampton University’s nurse training facility. The Ark specialises in high tech conferences, including medical & surgical meetings, providing first rate IT and interactive live case presentation facilities. The Charity also sponsors a large range of community activities, within the Ark itself, sponsoring a range of educational and self-help meetings.

Also, see here more information about The Ark Medical Trust:


Here is an image of the painting “Sorrow for Myself”

Sorrow for Myself Acrylic Painting - Jenny Meehan work selected for The Ark Centre Open Art Exhibition 2012 at The Ark Centre Basingstoke abstract figure weeping river broken spirit and heart,emotional romantic lyrical abstraction

More information regarding other artists featured in the Open Art Exhibition at The Ark Centre:http://artintheark.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/line-up-for-our-autumn-exhibition/

The regular Open Art Exhibitions at The Ark Centre are an exciting feature of what goes on in the building and it’s great to know that so many people will see a good range of visual art, free of charge and hopefully their experiences will be enriching and add something to their life.  (I never assume this will be the case, but one optimistically hope!!!)

I am delighted that the work was accepted and I have been blessed recently with two paintings chosen for Open Art Exhibitions in just a very short period of time, something which is very pleasing indeed.  So soon, one painting in Basingstoke and another in Rickmansworth.  I plan to go back to Rickmansworth, as it is a lovely area, with some beautiful nature reserves, and if the painting “Whatever the Weather” doesn’t sell, I will have a good reason to return!  (However, I would ideally like it to sell, of course.)  If you are in Rickmansworth, then take a look at the Artistsmeet Open Exhibition 2012 at Watersmeet, which runs from 6th September until 31st October 2012. (Artistsmeet, Watersmeet, High Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1EH)  Disappointingly I cannot make the launch event, which I am sad about, because I love socialising (and it’s not that far away), but circumstances prevent me from attending this event. This years open exhibition will display the work of 22 artists from both the UK and abroad and includes painting, ceramics, textiles and photography.  Original artworks are all for sale. The exhibition will run from Thursday 6th September until Wednesday 31st October 2012.

More information about the exhibition can be found online at

www. facebook.com/artistsmeet

Looking forward to seeing the next exhibition of drawings and prints at the British Museum “Renaissance to Goya – Prints and Drawings from Spain”. This free exhibition brings together for the first time prints and drawings by mainly Spanish and important European artists working in Spain from the mid-16th to the first decades of the 19th century, some of which haven’t been on display before. The show includes works by Diego Velázquez, Vicente Carducho, Alonso Cano, Bartolomé Murillo, Francisco de Zubarán, José de Ribera and Francisco de Goya. See:  http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/renaissance_to_goya.aspx?utm_source=enewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Sep2012&spMailingID=39666920&spUserID=MTY0ODIwNDUzOTgS1&spJobID=156851801&spReportId=MTU2ODUxODAxS0

Though I am drawing very little myself right now, I relish the opportunity to see such fine examples.  I can’t wait.  I love drawing, and have resolved to carry a sketch book around with me more, so that I will be inclined to use my pencil more.  I do believe that even if I mostly paint paintings without much drawing in them, that the discipline of drawing is essential to any painter and I don’t intend to neglect it.  I have also booked myself on an intensive life drawing class at West Dean next year.  I cannot really afford it, but with vouchers for Christmas and Birthday, it makes it more accessible.  It is just a short course, so it doesn’t work out too badly.

Just recently hung the latest exhibition in the Alliance Healthcare IT department in Chessington, Surrey.  Thanks to the “Work with Art” initiative people working in IT at Alliance Healthcare now have 13 of my recent paintings to hopefully enjoy.  I say “hopefully” because I am aware that they will have to look at them for three months!  It is not like a gallery, where if you don’t like something you can just walk by and not look at it again.  I think the paintings have beauty, though there is one of them I am not so fond of now, and will change at a later date.  It is not developed sufficiently.  They are a rather eclectic mix.  Here’s the blurb for them:

“This painting exhibition in Surrey will show some of my most recent work. It consists of many examples of process based paintings which stem from my imagination. This is a body of work I consider as a kind of “seed bed” for future strands of painting in that I have quite deliberately kept it as organic in conception as possible, drawing on my own subconscious in an attempt to locate some of my most central concerns, emotions, and thinking. I then plan to work into this foundation with future paintings which I envisage becoming more of a mixture of both my subjective inner vision and external subject matter of a more clearly definable and recognisable nature.

At the current time though, I want primarily to experiment with the materials I use and discover new ways of manipulating them unrestricted by the specific demands of creating a “realistic” representation of anything in particular. However, I do find that as the paintings develop, I often discover an image appearing which seems true to the work which has preceeded it. So subject matter develops, and this you see reflected in the titles of many of the paintings. While this exhibition contains an eclectic assortment of paintings which signal several different future directions in painting, I see this diversity as fundamental to developing a painting practice which is able to develop in an visually intelligent, interesting and original way. Someone once said to me that “No painter is self-taught” and I understand the truth of this. I find myself constantly drawing from paintings by painters who employ very different styles and approaches to their work, both past and present, and I find their thoughts, lives and experiences offer me priceless insights which helps to establish my own direction.”

and here are some images.

 See  this…        http://artinfo.com/news/story/821974/%E2%80%9Ci-just-wait-until-it-goes-pow%E2%80%9D-abstract-painter-ed-moses-on-his-methodical-and-intuitive-process

I LIKE what this painter, Ed Moses has to say!  Especially the bit about the “romance” of painting, and about not liking the word “art”.   While I am, of course, very jealous of his studio set up, (Ed Moses has plenty of room, and plenty of assistants!) I am always encouraged when I read interviews like this, where my own core feelings and beliefs about painting are proclaimed from somewhere else.  It makes you feel one of the crowd, rather than a lone voice.  I will take a better look at Ed Moses’ paintings over the next few weeks.  My favourite part of the interview:  “I don’t like the terms art or artist. I like the idea of doing what I do in terms of exploration. The roots of that may go back to the earliest man, where he made markings in response to his existence when he saw a mirror image of himself in water, or a footprint in mud, or a blood print with his hand on a wall. So what were these guys doing this for? They were responding to the environment they existed in through paint or marking or scraping or scratching.”

And, in bold: “People are more interested in ideas than the romance of painting.”  

Another wonderful read which glows rather well with me is the following by Mark Stone:

“And in the end it can no longer be about the context of things, but the vision of things. How we see things is the most important place to start. There are many of us who are fed up with the ongoing Postmodernist dialog. We want something more visually stimulating, thoughtful and resonant. We want to use our eyes informed by our technologies instead of relying on the technologies to dictate to our eyes. We are all visual hybrids at this point. We work both online through the lens-based programs and in the flesh and blood world. We are “colored” by those distinct experiences. We do not see in the open world as an Impressionist did. We focus on specifics, isolate details, scan for patterns and then suddenly if we move beyond the program, we are able to comprehend a larger picture, fall into older ways of linear seeing, a to b to c, rather than being stuck in the loop from zero to one, one to zero. When we paint we should work through the lens to our own physical structures of vision, not the other way around. We should abstract from the world around us rather than world presented to us. For me there’s no going back to Modernist pretensions, no insider refinements of period pieces, no pleasing designs for fashionably retro collecting clientele. To see in a new way, outside the Postmodern imperatives, we must, each of us, devise a different engagement with how we understand our lives through our vision. Yes, we may be very, very late, but we are also very, very early.”

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