November – A Letter in Mind, The Art of Journey – Transformation – Oxshott Woods – Prayer as a way of Being – Photos and Paintings – Challenging Behaviour Foundation Event

November 2, 2015

I cannot believe we are into November…!

Enjoying the frost on the cobwebs, and the colours of the leaves which have fallen.

The studio tent is a bit too cold to use very much, though I am popping in and out of it to work on paintings already started.  I need to spend some time sorting out frames for the paintings carried out earlier in the year.

I can walk without a stick now for longer periods of time, though rather sad that my walking is not as it was.  I am exercising more and feeling healthier.  Loving Yoga and swimming more.  Turmeric tea each day.  Much improved from last month, and only very occasional pain from the osteoarthritis in my knee.


Artwork Sold for Charity! A Letter in Mind – The Art of Journey, Gallery@oxo  

I am very pleased that when I visited the Gallery the day after the private view (which I couldn’t make) my artwork contribution was sold!  I am very pleased as this has raised some money for a worthy cause!


The Challenging Behaviour Foundation Art Auction

I have some artwork on display at Sun Pier House, Chatham, Kent from 3rd November until 29th November as part of a fund raising art exhibition for The Challenging Behaviour Foundation. The Challenging Behaviour Foundation is a Medway based charity supporting families caring for a loved one with a severe learning disability whose behaviour challenges.

Artists were invited to submit work for this fundraising exhibition at Sun Pier House, Chatham, Kent, a few months back.

Unfortunately I cannot get to the Private View due to financial restrictions.  Travelling money for such things all adds up and I find I can only attend local or London based events. Here’s more information though:

“You are cordially invited to the Private View of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation’s fundraising art exhibition on Friday 6 November, 6pm-9pm.

We have received an overwhelming response to our ‘call for submissions’ and are happy to confirm, Contemporary Artist and recent Saatchi exhibitor, Darrell Hawkins, will also be submitting work for this exhibition.

There will be a programme of events running throughout the month-long exhibition, including:

Friday 6 November, 6pm-9pm
Private View

Tuesday 10 November, 6.30pm
Film screening of a ‘Mission to Lars’ with pre-show karaoke, courtesy of the Rochester Film Society

Friday 20 November, 7.30pm
Quiz Night – *tables available

Sunday 29 November, 2pm
Auction of artwork

We are incredibly grateful to every individual who has taken part in this show and would like to thank the following local businesses for their support of this event:

· Sun Pier House Gallery
· The Rochester Film Society
· Spicer and Moore Productions
· The Rochester Flea
· WoW Magazine
· Look Kloser Creative and Performing Arts
· University of Kent
· University for the Creative Arts
· Medway Messenger

Please feel free to share the news of these events with your friends, family and colleagues and please do email me for further information on any of the listed events.

With best wishes and thank you for your support,


Laura Brown
Fundraising Officer
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation”

I entered this piece which I hope will raise some money for this worthwhile cause:


“My Patch”

my patch canvas print jenny meehan websize

my patch canvas print jenny meehan websize

it is a 39 by 51 cm canvas print, varnished.

Here’s the text for it:

“My Patch/Face On” expresses that focused determination that people need when they confront difficult situations and face challenges in their lives. I very much enjoy experimenting with black and white graphic imagery, and in this piece the boundaries between the black and white areas suggested the ways in which conflict is sometimes a territorial matter, springing from our felt need to defend ourselves. There are aspects of us all, it seems, which are not so different from cats!

Jenny Meehan Biography
Human experience, emotion, and my own personal life journey form the centre of my work. The brokenness of human experience fascinates me, as well as the potential for growth and renewal. After a BA Honours (Literature) in 1994 and a PGCE in 1995 I taught in Primary Education. I’m now based in Chessington, Surrey and love my role in society as an artist, mother, and occasional art teacher. I would describe myself as a vocational artist, interested in psychology, spirituality, and emotional literacy.
I’ve had several solo exhibitions in community spaces, and exhibit widely across the UK. Painting, digital Imagery, writing and poetry make up the majority of my artistic practice, and you can see more of my work on my website: .



Thoughts on  Transformation

Transformation. Yes, the forming. The making of. I think of it in a positive way, as being a change from worse off to better, but I suppose it could equally be the other way around. My own understanding and way of approaching the word is centered around my own experience of the way faith can work in peoples lives, I think this is because my own personal faith/belief has been a source of great energy and power to me, however, I wouldn’t narrow this down to my own particular religious affiliation/understanding. I see transformation as related to potential, and to potency. Like the uncurled fern frond, or the bud about to open, it is a kind of positive expectancy of new life in my thinking. It is something I perceive as essential to creativity, maybe the essence of it? It is what we do when we take one thing, and see something else, something beyond that. So that is where the faith and vision come into play. Quite literally. Transformation has a sense of control, but also a sense of the unexpected. There is a natural process which happens, which guides and takes through, but the final form is completely different maybe to what we thought it would be. My life is a transformation, I cannot really narrow this down.


Oxshott Woods

One of my favourite places to walk is Oxshott Woods.   We used to go there every Sunday when I was a child, and its lovely to walk in the same places I did then, all these years later.  Here is a photo of my husband walking in the slightly snowy woods.


jenny meehan jamartlondon photography monochrome

jenny meehan jamartlondon photography monochrome


And one of the children, when they were younger:

jenny meehan jamartlondon photography monochrome

jenny meehan jamartlondon photography monochrome


A little bit more snow here; This snowy view of Chessington shows the Holmwood Road bus stop, and was taken when the White Hart pub still existed!



jenny meehan jamartlondon photography monochrome

jenny meehan jamartlondon photography monochrome


Interesting Reading:  

Another Benedictine, John Chapman, who was abbot of Downside in the Thirties, says: “The simplest way of making an act of attention to God, though without thinking of God, is by an act of inattention to everything else.” It is that letting go of our attachment to our thoughts and feelings, everything else, that is the essence of contemplative prayer. This is what it means to lose your life in order to find it, as Jesus says we should do: it is to let go of the controlling ego that likes to be at the centre in order to know our true centre, the Spirit of God within. And then nothing else is needed. At least for the time of prayer we hand everything over to God.

quote from Fr Robin Burgess is a member of parish team of Ealing Abbey, west London from article Leave behind words and enter God’s stillness
Keywords: Christian Prayer, Spiritual Practice,Meditation, Christian Mysticism, Spirituality, Christian Meditation, Catholic Spirituality, Prayer, Contemplative Prayer, State, Mysticism, Mental Prayer, Religion / Belief
in the catholic herald 23RD OCTOBER 2009

We all begin by thinking of prayer as words, or maybe thoughts, that we address to God. It is my prayer – my words, my desires, my needs that I lay before God and ask him to meet for me. Much of our worship and the prayers we say continue to be like that, but if prayer stays at that level it remains selfcentred (not necessarily in a bad way). It may never become what all the great teachers say prayer is – not what we do, but the Spirit of God, of Christ, praying within us. It is the Spirit of God poured into our hearts, as St Paul says, that prays when we do not know how to pray with sighs too deep for words. This Spirit cries out, as Jesus does, abba (Father), and so enables us to know ourselves to be in the same relationship of loving intimacy with God as Jesus is.
To be a Christian is not so much a matter of believing certain things or behaving in certain ways. It includes those, but it is more basically a matter of being – of being in Christ who is our Way to the Father. So Christian prayer will be not our prayer, but our sharing in the prayer of Christ who knows himself to be in God and God in him. It is this prayer of presence to God present to us that is called contemplation, or pure prayer (or prayer of the heart).


More Photos…

I am sorting through past images, as I hope to use some to create a book with some of my poetry and photographic imagery in…This will come together in the future, but the groundwork involves sorting through several years of clicking away with my camera!


jenny meehan jamartlondon photography monochrome

jenny meehan jamartlondon photography monochrome


The image above was taken in West Dean College/House gardens.  The river is the River Lavant.  I love to see a thoughtfully composed garden, it is such a pleasure to see the living and vibrant natural forms working together.  I take great pleasure in my own garden also, though I have neglected it rather in the last couple of years.  However, even though slightly neglected, the structure is in place in such a way that it still falls together rather nicely!

jenny meehan jamartlondon photography monochrome

jenny meehan jamartlondon photography monochrome

Another restful image taken in West Dean Gardens, Sussex.  The River Lavant again, with an inviting bench to sit on!



A few from the past, with some information/text.

All of the paintings here are the result of my own constant efforts to push forward creatively into the unknown. They are part of a contemplative practice which involves listening with the heart, and opening myself up to the Holy Spirit. Though I use years of experience gleaned in my practice as a painter (in terms of integrating formal aesthetic considerations and use of materials) each painting is always a step into the unknown.
Each painting is created in a piecemeal fashion, with sometimes several weeks and months between painting sessions, and sometimes even a day or two between each brush mark. During the time I am not applying the paint, I look to the painting and ask “What next?” Without any predetermined plan or concept, and with only my response to the mark which has gone before it, the painting becomes whatever it becomes. This process involves risk taking, and paintings change significantly as they progress, sometimes descending into a slough of despond, and sometimes bringing a completely unexpected direction into play and opening up in surprising ways. Towards the end of the painting process I find possible ideas present themselves, as I attempt to interpret what the painting means to myself, which is partially reflected in the title. You title will be your own.
For you, the viewer, a lot is required in encountering paintings which don’t clearly dictate how you should approach them. Without pictorial content to place you in the familiar material world and without a narrative, some might find themselves struggling to engage with such abstraction. Yet, it is enough just to look, and to look at what is before you, without needing to understand anything at all. The light changes these paintings as the day progresses. The light bounces off the variations in surface and texture, and the types of finishes and varnishes. The paintings are different in the morning, and different at the end of the day. They will be different to each person. Allow yourself the time to simply gaze.

Surrey/South West London based artist Jenny Meehan painter-poet

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images, pillar and moon transcript paul nash

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

Above “Pillar and Moon”….  This is based on a memory of Paul Nash’s painting “Pillar and Moon”  which made a deep impression on me.  I like many paintings by Paul Nash, but that particular one seems to haunt me.

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

Rocks by the Seaside, with some looking out to the sea…maybe those three finger prints like people, this is what emerged through this painting process.  I think some very happy memories from childhood come to bless me again… The happy ones did come from times by the coast, both at Bexhill and Combe Martin.  This painting I therefore titled “Cove”.

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

“Time Passes” This painting seems to have both present and past echoing through it…My walks through the rear access roads of Chessington and the playing in the alleys which ran along the backs of the houses where I lived in Teddington… Both are here in this painting, and past and present exist together.

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images



If you would like to see these paintings and are interested in buying one, do contact me through the contact form on my website.


That’s it for now…!



Jenny Meehan is a painter, poet, and Christian contemplative  based in East Surrey/South West London.   Her interest in Christ-centred spirituality and creativity are the main focus of this artist’s journal, which rambles and meanders on, maybe acting as a personal (yet open to view)  note book as much as anything else.  If you read and enjoy it, this would be an added bonus! 

Her website is  ( replaces the older now deceased website

Jenny Meehan BA Hons (Lit.) PGCE also occasionally offers art tuition for individuals or in shared sessions.  Please contact Jenny at or through the contact form at for further details as availability depends on other commitments.    

 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  and affordable photo-mechanically produced prints are available to purchase.  

Jenny Meehan exhibits around the United Kingdom.   To be placed on Jenny Meehan’s  bi-annual  mailing list please contact Jenny via her website contact page:

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