Sea Wash Balls -Creativity in the Prison System – Wimbledon Art Studios Vaughn Horsman – 47 Nelson Square/Surviving Houses Painting – London Centre for Spirituality at St Edmund King and Martyr – The Round Table by Braque

February 17, 2014

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London Downpour Painting – The Flooding Thames and Relentless Rain!     

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London Downpour- Jenny Meehan painting abstraction at The Strand Gallery London as part of “Lines” visual art exhibition. Lyrical and geometric abstraction painting southbank london from the imagination! painted in a process-led, intuitive guided fashion, external impressions from regular trips to London appear to have seeped into my subconscious!

Gosh, that was a while ago!  I didn’t realise  that “London Downpour” was quite so relevant.

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 “London Downpour” was purchased by a collector, and I think they too may possibly be enjoying the relevance of their painting!

Creativity In The Prison System

An interesting read regarding art and other forms of creativity in the prison system:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/254450/Intermediate-outcomes-of-arts-projects.pdf

“The National Offender Management Service has published a review of the outcomes of arts projects with offenders. The review determines that while there is a lack of good-quality research evidence that explores the impact of arts projects with offenders, the best available evidence indicates that arts projects are effective at improving in-prison behaviour (such as compliance with rules and engagement with the regime) and individual psychological factors (such as depression and a sense of purpose). The review (or rapid evidence assessment) is the first stage in a wider project funded by the National Offender Management Service to develop a framework for outcome measurement which can be adopted by organisations that deliver arts projects to offenders. ”  (Quoted from the London Arts in Health Forum website)

It could quite possibly be that the most important things in life are the hardest to quantify, assess, and judge?  It’s heartening to see the outcomes of art projects with offenders being looked into, and a necessary part of any type of education is indeed to examine how the process has helped, or not.   The “best available evidence” though is enough,  and I find myself wishing that more time would be invested in delivering arts projects, rather than measuring the outcomes.

Wimbledon Art Studios

I try to visit Wimbledon Art Studios once a year and in November 2013 stopped off once more for a little keeping up to date… It has taken me rather a long time to posting this little part of my blog!

A re-visit to see Vaughn Horsman….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9HrxeUontI

I find what Vaughn does very inspiring…This is someone who really does push creative boundaries, and there is non of this “art bollocks” going on…So refreshing.  It’s very important for artists to embrace new technologies, materials, processes, etc. and amazing what can be achieved with the right technical knowledge and experience, plus creativity.   In the end, it’s all about pushing oneself and the boundaries which present themselves in various ways.   It’s great when people hand carve and cut wood, but it’s also great when people use machinery.  And using technology/machinery is no less virtuous…because the boundaries are always there, maybe in different places, but always there, waiting, suggesting, inviting you to just try something new, or a different approach.  The skill is in the continual process of assessment, adaptation, experimentation, problem solving, and analysing.  You may use many different tools and mediums as an art worker.  Some are old and some are new.  It’s amazing.

47 Nelson Square 

 

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Final version of Surviving Houses/47 Nelson Square
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47 nelson square/ Surviving Houses exhibition image hoxton arches as part of the Dugout Inclusive Women’s Festival

Rather oddly, I have just discovered that in a past blog entry (March 2013) about the Dugout Inclusive Women’s Art Festival and my painting “47 Nelson Square/Surviving Houses” I omitted to include an image of the painting!  So here is an image of  “47 Nelson Square/Surviving Houses”, and also below the questions which were posed by the curators of the exhibition regarding the painting.

Do you feel this painting is like a self-portrait?  

I see it as showing a journey inside of myself, so it is a sort of internal portrait.  Psychotherapy  feels like going on a journey through your own ways of thinking. Sometimes it’s hard to find your way, and work out a sense of direction.   I wanted  the painting  to show a mixture of outside and  inside views so that the person looking at it would  experience the same sense of difficulty and feeling as I have experienced in therapy.  Before deciding to start therapy I also had a dream that my own mind was a house, and that it was crumbling and breaking up because the foundations were all destroyed.  

Why did the building catch your attention? Why did you decide to learn its history? 

The building caught my interest because it is part of a small terrace of old buildings (built  1807 – 1814) in a square of blocks of flats which are all much newer.  I wanted to know why.  Because I go inside  47 Nelson Square often I know how wonky the floor inside is. So I knew something had happened!  Lambeth Bomb Damage maps which mapped all damage during WW2 in London show that  all other houses in the square sustained some damage,  ranging from “General Blast Damage – not structural” to “Seriously Damaged; doubtful if repairable”. Though 47 and it’s neighbours did  survive the bombing it was not unaffected by the impact.  Rather like me!  So I felt a link with it.  

This all seems rather a long time ago, but “47 Nelson Square” is currently hanging in my studio as I review it once more and see what I can draw out of the experience again.  Bomb damage is something which in my thinking speaks of traumatic events and their effect on the mind…on faith, on the ability to be in touch with ones emotions, on the ability to connect, in all kinds of ways.  While the realisation of devastation very hard to go through, it is part of our life…Looking back on some past painting, the painting “Christ”, which I have dug out and have hanging up on the wall once more,  I remember well the sense of realisation which hit me as I was painting the work.  A kind of touching of brokenness…

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expressive painting process led from figure 2008 at west dean college during john t freeman’s course

It is very useful, helpful, and important to look back periodically on one’s past work.  I cannot overstate the importance I feel that psychotherapy has had on my life and my artistic creative processes.   Initially I started therapy a couple of years ago in order to negotiate my way through a intensely difficult  period of depression, but now, out from the thick of it, I am finding this analytical approach and awareness very useful to me, and I have decided to continue in the practice of engaging in analysis.  Not only does it enhance my experience of life, but it also feeds into my artistic practices in a way which I find exciting and interesting.  It has been, and will continue to be, a good tool in the formation of my life and work.  I am grateful for the paths it has led me on, and see no conflict (though some do!) with my Christ-centred faith and psychotherapy. It is a complete blessing to me, which has deepened my internal wells, and enabled me to be much stronger as a person, and more responsive to the work of the Holy Spirit in my life and in the lives of others too.

Back to the theme of  bomb damage, I love the way that there is the shell of a bomb  which fell through the roof of St Edmund King and Martyr right in front of the altar of the church.  The bomb made a hole in the roof of the building, but the damage was then made into a square window.  The window is a little off centre!   St Edmund King and Martyr was damaged in both World Wars by German bombs but it is the incendiary device which landed on the church during the First World War, in 1917 which is encased in front of the altar.  (I think…if incorrect, let me know! )   The church has  only just been restored in the 1930’s, before being struck once again, this time in the Second World War during the London Blitz.  So it is unique in being the only one of the London Churches to have been damaged in both World Wars.

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window in place of bomb damage st edmund the martyr and king lombard street london centre for spirituality

I am enjoying the fact I now have a phone with a camera!   Images are not so good in quality, but OK for little snaps useful for jogging memory!

Notepads and sketchbooks.

I keep many sketchbooks, but often they contain as many notes and as much writing as they do drawing.  I cannot seem to keep everything in once place…Just picking up random books here and there does make things interesting though and sometimes result in new ideas happening which otherwise I think would not.   I found this little cutting…I cannot remember where it is from, but I kept it aside  and stuck it in one of my sketchbooks…

“Estimates are that when we lived more natural lives – as indigenous people in other parts of the world still do – we would typically spend around three days of the week collecting food, firewood and so on, and the rest in community cooking or washing together, talking laughing, dancing, eating and telling stories, caring for children and the elderly.  In our pursuit of a better world we have sacrificed that dignity of life.”

We cannot turn the clock back can we, but all the same it is a good reminder regarding work/life balance, the importance of investing time and energy into relationships and making relating, communicating, and interacting a core part of life rather than something we do AFTER everything else if we have time left. I need to remember this!

Sea Wash Balls for Painting With!

At the end of last year while walking along the shore at Bognor Regis I found loads of Sea Wash Balls!   Just love the sound of that!  I thought at first that they were natural sponges, but they did look a bit different so I checked them out and discovered that indeed, they were not sponges but Sea Wash Balls.  One of the larger marine snails in British waters is the common whelk, Buccinum undatum, and what I had found was clusters of the egg capsules glued together to make Sea Wash Balls.  There were so many, I can only think that this was because of the very stormy weather the few days before.  Sea wash balls can be very big indeed, up to 50cm, but my largest was around eight cms long.  Sea wash balls get their names from their use by early mariners as a substitute for sponge.  I read that if you use them they make a nice lather, so I tried this out, but I think I will stick with my ordinary flannel!   I did use them with students in my acrylic ink painting session recently, and they made some lovely marks.  It was also great not to need to worry about expensive natural sponges being ruined because of the rapidly drying acrylic resin in the ink!

Jenny Meehan’s Favourite Paintings

Just love this…

The Round Table – Braque

The Round Table Braque

The Round Table Braque is one of my favourite paintings.

Oil, Sand and Charcoal on Canvas   dated 1929

Size  57 3/8 x 44 3/4 in.; 145.7325 x 113.665 cm.

Braque information

Text quoted from the Phillips Collection website:

CompositionallyThe Round Table is related to Braque’s large vertical still lifes from 1918 to 1919, when the common French pedestal table known as the guéridon first appeared in his paintings. With this work, Braque substantially expanded his color range, increased the scale of his canvases, experimented with textures and materials, and devised a more complex use of pictorial space. Pushing the table into the corner of the room, he creates an unusual perspective that presents multiple viewpoints at the same time. The result is a grand, luminous canvas in which oil has been mixed with sand over gesso to create a textured, fresco-like effect.

At the time of its purchase, The Round Table was the largest, most abstract painting in the museum’s collection. Phillips considered it to be “one of [Braque’s] greatest and most exciting works—a consummation of the artist’s best powers . . . all that was hoped for in the founding a school on Cézanne’s cubes and cones. . . . The rest is architecture. . . . It is functional and majestic in its forms and in its chromatic range it is exultant.” Soon after, Phillips began installing works by Braque in groups or units in the museum’s galleries.”

See http://www.phillipscollection.org for the source of the quoted text.

I took a photograph of the image from a book, but I cannot remember which one in order to credit this.  It might have been Braque – The Late Works?    However, as you can see I have found the painting to be part of the Phillips Collection and so will of course give the credit due for including it in my blog.   (As an aside, The Phillips Collection website also includes very useful and helpful information on images and “fair usage” which I will include here also, as it’s rather helpful to know).  Take a look at the excellent Phillips Collection website too.  You will find a better image of The Round Table than mine, and be able to take a clearer look as you can see it enlarged on screen!

FAIR USE IS PERMITTED (from the Phillips Collection website)
Fair use of copyrighted material includes the use of protected materials for non commercial educational purposes, such as teaching, scholarship, research, criticism, commentary, and news reporting. Unless otherwise noted, users who wish to download or print text, audio, video, image and other files from The Phillips Collection’s website for such uses are welcome to do so without The Phillips Collection’s express permission. Users must cite the author and source of this material as they would material from any printed work; the citation should include the URL http://www.phillipscollection.org.”

This is a nice little slide show of some more examples of Braque’s paintings…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/georges-braque/paintings/slideshow#/13

Another little plug…

“Sacred Spaces” – Free Art Exhibition, Open to All.  Disabled Access.  Children Welcome. 

See this exciting and interesting collection of work by Kingston Artists’ Open Studio artists Chris Birch, Emily Limna,  Jenny Meehan,  Richard Tomlin,  Derek Turner,  Hilary Walker, and Jude Wild.

The exhibition is curated by Jenny Meehan on behalf of Kingston Artists’ Open Studios.  A varied mixture of  18 original paintings, monoprints and  photography by  seven  professional artists is sure to delight and interest you.  The title of the exhibition “Sacred Spaces” references the inner lives of the artists , the process of creating artworks,  and evidence  expressed  physically  in the artworks themselves.  In our creation we bring body and substance from our own inner contemplation, reflection and response to life and all we experience,  both internal and external.

Details are:

It runs from 2pm on Saturday 3rd May until Friday 30th May  during normal theatre opening hours which are normally 10am – 10pm. Sometimes the theatre closes at 4pm so best to check exact times with the theatre first. Phone:  01372 365141).

Leatherhead Theatre:  7 Church Street Leatherhead Surrey KT22 8DN.     The exhibition takes place on the ground floor main theatre foyer, and is accessible to all. Children are welcome.   There is a coffee shop too, so you can enjoy a drink while you look at the exhibition.

Contact Jenny Meehan at j.meehan@tesco.net for more information. Or see  www.jamartlondon.com and

www.kingstonartistsopenstudios.co.uk

Visiting Information:

The Leatherhead Theatre
7, Church Street
LEATHERHEAD
Surrey
KT22 8DN

Tel: 01372 365141
Fax:     01372 365195

Accessible location – 5 mins from M25, Junction 9

5 minutes walk from Leatherhead British Rail Station.
Town centre location, close to local shops and restaurants.

Three car parks within a few minutes walk (free after 6pm)

Parking is free on Sundays at the Swan Centre

Access to the exhibition is from Tuesday to Saturday inclusive.  The theatre is not open to the general public on Sundays or Mondays.

Kingston Artists’ Open Studios Exhibition at the Riverside Gallery, Richmond Upon Thames

Also, The Kingston Artists’ Open Studios Exhibiton at the Riverside Gallery, Richmond Upon Thames.  This is being organised by a group of artists from Kingston Artist’s Open Studios and will be a treat to visit.  If you would like an invitation to the Private View then just contact me or anyone else taking part.

Art@Work Guildford Arts

http://www.guildfordarts.com/guildford-arts-exhibitions/art-at-work

Text below from the Guildford Arts website, with details of the art@work arrangement.

“Art@Work is a series of art exhibitions arranged within the offices of two major organisations based in Guildford. It is a programme that has been running successfully for over 10 years and provides a platform for painters, print makers, ceramicists and sculptors from the Guildford area, London and the South East. Participation is by invitation only.

The aims of the programme are:

  • enhance the quality of the working environment
  • encourage a broader awareness of the visual arts
  • promote the work of visual artists
  • generate funding for the arts

Exhibitions continue for a three month period and are viewed by staff, company clients, Guildford Arts members and, by arrangement, members of the public.

A private viewing is held for each exhibition attended by members of GA, their guests and guests of the exhibiting artists. Most exhibits are available for purchase. Some works may be on view to obtain commissions.

The host organisations provide the catalogues and food and drink for the private viewings. They also place details of the exhibitions on their company intranets so providing, potentially, international exposure of the exhibitions.

Four exhibitions a year are held in each of the offices of Clyde & Co, solicitors and Baker Tilly, accountants.”

I have been invited to exhibit some work this year for the Baker Tilly venue from 7 June – 20 September.  I will show some original paintings and some prints.  If you would like me to send you an invitation to the private view on Tuesday 29th July please contact me via my website.  One of the paintings I plan to show,  again, with a somewhat watery feel to it, is “Deluge” which was painted in 2012

Abstract Acrylic Painting/Markmaking with Colour. Instinctive intuitive process led painting, psychotherapy and art,psychotherapy and painting, British Contemporary female artist painter Jenny Meehan

Jenny Meehan is a painter and designer based in East Surrey/South West London.
Her website is www.jamartlondon.com.  (www.jamartlondon.com replaces the older now deceased website http://www.jennymeehan.co.uk)

Jenny Meehan BA Hons (Lit.) PGCE also offers art tuition.  Please contact Jenny at j.meehan@tesco.net or through the contact form at www.jamartlondon.com for further details.   Commissions for paintings are also undertaken at affordable prices.

 Jenny Meehan works mainly with either oils or acrylics  creating both abstract/non-objective paintings  and also semi-abstract work.  She also produces representational/figurative artwork,  mostly using digital photography/image manipulation software, painting and  drawing.  Both original fine paintings and other artwork forms (prices ranging from between £60 and £700) and affordable photo-mechanically produced prints are available to purchase.

Enquiries welcome.  I have more artwork than I can display on the internet, so let me know if you are looking for something specific in terms of style, function, or subject matter. 

Jenny Meehan exhibits around the United Kingdom and holds regular Open Studio/Studio Sale events.  To be placed on Jenny Meehan’s mailing list please email j.meehan@tesco.net requesting to be kept up to date.  Also, follow the Jenny Meehan Contemporary Artist’s Journal at WordPress and keep informed that way. 

You tube video with examples of photography, drawing and painting

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

Website Link for jamartlondon:  www.jamartlondon.com 

Digital photography can be viewed on http://www.photographyblog.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=5491

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