Another short and sweet art blog entry.

Just sorting out the work I need to hang on Sunday morning at the Cornerhouse Community Arts Centre.  I’m not sure where some of it is!   Various groups of paintings and prints are spread across the house.  I know it’s there, somewhere!

Here’s a photograph from the Open Evening at Leatherhead Theatre.  I need to take some more images before the exhibition is taken down tommorrow.

Image of the exhibition at Leatherhead Theatre curated by Jenny Meehan.   Paintings involving a high degree of abstraction by British UK artists Derek Turner, Jenny Meehan and Nigel Prabhavalkar.  jamartlondon british female emerging fine applied artist designer Jenny Meehan, surrey south west london modern artist educator teacher,

Image of the exhibition at Leatherhead Theatre curated by Jenny Meehan. Paintings involving a high degree of abstraction by British UK artists Derek Turner, Jenny Meehan and Nigel Prabhavalkar.

A great pleasure, involving a lot of work.  I now plan, while balancing the household management and other tasks in one hand, to take my paintbrushes and myself into a small hole in the ground and become a hermit for a few months, conversing only with my paintings and opening myself up to the Spirit of the Living God….

That is, only a plan.  Reality is never planned!

But it may happen…

Just a silly little note now, to Michael, who faithfully reads my Journal, the knowledge of which is a great encouragement to me, as when writing this most of the time I envisage writing only to myself, and the thought of Michael sitting there avidly reading this artist blog brings great cheer to my heart and even suggests that my meandering discourse might possibly be of slight interest to someone!

Dear Michael,

How nice it is to know that you may be reading this, and that it might just bring a small smile to your face.  I also would like to thank yourself and Mie for gracing me with your presence at the theatre.  What a pleasure it was to meet you both, and I very much enjoyed telling you both more about my painting, how it is created, and why I bother to spend my time painting!  I promised to do something particular in the way of writing, and so here it is!

Kind Regards

Jenny Meehan

See more work by Jenny Meehan at www.jamartlondon.com 

 

There is some really beautiful painting on show at Leatherhead Theatre at the moment, and with this VERY rainy and dull weather, what a brilliant way to lift your spirit and bring some colour and light into your life.

All are welcome to come along and see the colourful, rich, and tactile paintings on show. Paintings by Nigel Prabhavalkar, Derek Turner and Jenny Meehan. It will be an informal, relaxed evening. There is a bar (you need to pay for your drinks) and nibbles will be provided.

I am going to post up some of my favourite paintings from the exhibition.  I’ve posted my favourite painting by Derek Turner already, and now here is one by Nigel Prabhavalkar.  After spending much time typing out Nigel’s surname for various publicity matters, I can now, finally, type his surname out without needing to check the spelling!

This wonderful painting by Nigel Prabhavalkar…

First Night oil on canvas Nigel Prabhavalkar

First Night oil on canvas Nigel Prabhavalkar

See the painting “in the flesh” at the Order and KAOS painting exhibition at Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead Surrey KT22 8DN

Let me say, once again,  the image does it no justice at all.  There is no way of conveying the impact of colour upon the human eye via digital media, so I hope you will come along, take the opportunity to meet all of the artists, find our more about their work and inspiratation,  and enjoy a relaxed evening, safe from the cold and rain!

order and KAOS evening invitation leatherhead theatre abstract painting oils acrylics lyrical abstraction

order and KAOS evening invitation leatherhead theatre abstract painting oils acrylics lyrical abstraction

Really looking forward to the evening event this week. Just cannot believe how quickly time has whizzed by!

All are welcome to come along and see the colourful, rich, and tactile paintings on show. Paintings by Nigel Prabhavalkar, Derek Turner and Jenny Meehan. It will be an informal, relaxed evening. There is a bar (you need to pay for your drinks) and nibbles will be provided.

I am going to post up some of my favourite paintings from the exhibition. One of the marvellous things about curating an exhibition with other peoples work is that you find the work of other painters excites and interests you in a way that is quite refreshing. I like my own work, of course, but it’s a bit like being married to someone, where “familiarity breeds contempt”. It’s more of an effort to keep your work interesting, where as with someone else’s painting, it just hits you so fresh and new in the eyes!

Firstly, this is a delightful painting by Derek Turner, which you can see “in the flesh” at the Order and KAOS painting exhibition at Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead Surrey KT22 8DN

Let me say, the image does it no justice at all, in reality the colour is rich, rich , rich and vibrant beyond measure.

derek turner approaching stromboli on an ultramarine sea

derek turner approaching stromboli on an ultramarine sea

order and KAOS evening invitation leatherhead theatre abstract painting oils acrylics lyrical abstraction

order and KAOS evening invitation leatherhead theatre abstract painting oils acrylics lyrical abstraction

After a stunningly short entry when last posting, I think I might make more of an effort to keep my Journal entries a bit more polarised.  One subject per entry maybe?

We’ll see.

Here’s some information on my painting “The Upper Room” which is to be included in the “Not the Royal Academy” exhibition at Llewellyn Alexander (Fine Paintings) LTD.  (I just love to include the “fine paintings” part!   I know I could miss it out quite easily!)

“The Upper Room” is a painting in which I started with no idea of the direction it might take me in, instead responding to each mark and colour as the painting progressed in a process based approach. Using both my instincts and formal considerations, I ended up with this. Emotionally, it made me think of the New Testament account of Jesus taking the Last Supper with his disciples, I think because of the sense of presence and warmth it communicated to me emotionally, (The Holy Spirit, the comforter, “I will be with you”) even though it contains a large area of black. Also, because of the way it is held together with a building type structure; upper and a lower areas, and suggestions of both entrance and exit. Pentecost also happened in an “Upper Room” though not the same one, I don’t think.

Here’s more background regarding the “Not the Royal Academy” Exhibition at Llewellyn Alexander…

What happens to the pictures rejected by the Royal   Academy?

 

Every year over eight thousand paintings are submitted to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy – the largest open art exhibition in the world.

Only around 800 actually make it on to the walls.

So what happens to all the artists that have been rejected?

 

As soon as the artists get their rejection slips from the Royal Academy many of them collect their pictures and set off across the river to the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery (opposite the Old Vic Theatre) at Waterloo. Artists are told immediately whether their painting has been accepted by the Gallery. Oils, watercolours, mixed media, pastels and drawings of all shapes and sizes pass through the doors of this lively Gallery on the South Bank. Every picture is for sale and the gallery is re-hung with new work at three-weekly intervals throughout the summer, making it a constantly changing show.

NOT THE ROYAL ACADEMY

 

Inspired by the original “Salon Des Refusés” held in Paris in the 19th Century when artists such as Manet exhibited his rejected and infamous “Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe” and Whistler his rejected “Symphony in White – the White Girl”. For over twenty-three years

Llewellyn Alexander has given disappointed artists another chance.

 

FROM 10 JUNE TO 17 AUGUST 2013

Open from 10.00am until 7.30pm from Monday to Saturday

 

Some of the pictures can be seen, as they come in, on our website:

www.LlewellynAlexander.com

For any further information contact Diana Holdsworth on 020 7620 1322/4

Fax: 020 7928 9469   Email: gallery@LlewellynAlexander.com

 

abstract acrylic painting christian art sacred symbolism jenny meehan

Reviewing my painting from last year, I think this is one of my best.  It’s the combination of the geometric and lyrical together which has worked.  Also a lot of experimentation over the year with varying intensities of pigment also was put to good use.  A lot of experiments with texture too.  After this painting, I went on to some with very little colour.  See below.

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Internal Landscape Painting Jenny Meehan jamartlondon.com

 

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Internal Landscape Painting Jenny Meehan jamartlondon.com

………

Yes, well, there’s still a lot that can be done even without the colour.

I do want to do some watercolours.  Seem to be pointing in that direction.  And make a return to oils.  I miss them!

To do ANY painting right now would be wonderful.  All this exhibition activity is OK, but I am going to have a break from it soon, so I can immerse myself in painting. Well, as much as is possible while running household, family, etc.   I have SO much in my mind to do.

Though still working with digital imagery, I am glad I have honed into painting, as this is the centre and far surpasses any other mode of communication for me, though it’s always good to have more than one thing in the way of skills.

Looking around The Bankside Gallery recently at all the wonderful prints on show, I found myself wondering if I wanted a clearer narrative element to my painting.  There is something about having a human figure in a work and some kind of drama which is lovely and delightful.  I’ve put into my work a more personal dimension recently with the photographic imagery created for the Embrace Arts Women Recovering from Trauma project, and I am wondering if this might be worth moving onto soon.   I think I will be working on imaginative paintings, whatever subjects/objects I start to explore, however, at the same time, I need to constantly attune my eye outwards, and drawing from observation  is the way to do this.

Order and KAOS Exhibition at Leatherhead Theatre

Kingston Open Artists Studios artists Derek Turner, Nigel Prabhavalkar and Jenny Meehan show some of their paintings at Leatherhead Theatre, 7 Church Street, Leatherhead KT22 8DN. Please register your interest if intending to come to the “Meet the Painters” evening event on Wednesday 29th May 7 – 9pm by contacting Jenny Meehan, exhibition curator/organiser at http://www.jamartlondon.com
The exhibition and evening event are free and open to all.

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