Creative Literacy – Friend of God – Deluge Abstract Painting Details – Past Photography and Art Tour – Well Spring Image on Recovery of Hope Book Cover –

February 3, 2016

“It’s inherently human to want the objects in our lives to communicate feelings and ideas to us and about us. The constant searching for and assignment of meaning dwells in everyone, but the artist is the person who exercises this muscle regularly enough to control it. The person with   – a basic understanding of the mental, emotional, and sociological tools used for creative thought and communication – is able to find purpose and apply meaning to her world rather than having meaning handed down and purpose assigned to her. The painting student completes his senior thesis exhibit with a head full of many more lessons than just how to paint. He’s now equipped with an ability to see problems, connections, and solutions where others see only a blank surface. I assure you this ability is not limited to the canvas.” 

The above is quoted from: http://www.rocketcitymom.com/want-children-survive-future-send-art-school/  and is a small section of a very interesting article by  Dustin Timbrook.

(Dustin Timbrook is the Media Director of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, founder of the Huntsville Artist Engineer Network, and co-founder of STE(A)M Fest, an annual event that promotes creativity in the STEM subjects to thousands of Huntsville students.)

 

These Wintery months draw me more to writing than to painting.  This poem is not new, but I am taking time to read through some poetry from the past, as it will help me reconnect with the writer in me, who seems to have taken a holiday recently!

Poem – The Hen

The hen
>
> I feel the structure of her wings – an
> oily smell – an apparently disconnected neck.
>
> Alive? Yes… With red, floppy, external tongues…
> Clapping a throaty, inner, sound.
>
> She struggles to get out the clucks,
> out of my hands, and flaps air
> around us.
>
> The strained express; We try to fly,
> but gravity pushes us down.
>

Jenny Meehan copyright 2013

 

Suburban Meditations/Painter’s Development

Series of photographic imagery…A study of sorts, as I dwelt on what interested me!

 

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suburban meditations painters development series jenny meehan

 

suburban meditations painters development series jenny meehan

suburban meditations painters development series jenny meehan

 

suburban meditations painters development series jenny meehan

suburban meditations painters development series jenny meehan

 

suburban meditations painters development series jenny meehan

suburban meditations painters development series jenny meehan

 

suburban meditations painters development series jenny meehan

suburban meditations painters development series jenny meehan

 

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There are more of these coming, with some information too.  But that is enough for now.   I am currently thinking about starting another WordPress Blog which will just showcase my fine art photography.  Black and white photography is a strong strand of my art working and while I am throwing it among everything else at the moment, it may be tidier to make it it’s own space.  I will call the photography blog Jamartlondon Fine Art Photography I think.  I don’t have much photography on my jamartlondon.com website as I focus on the paintings.  For the meantime, I will throw them in the mix which is this blog!

Below, in the Deluge painting details, the searching over surfaces goes on!  Many of those observations I noted during wanderings seem to resurrect themselves in my paintings!   This wasn’t the result of conscious effort or will, just happens!

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Deluge Painting Details…

As you may realise from past writings,  I photograph my paintings thoroughly when finished and like to record, and relish, the variations which come from the paintings, as they are all experimental and process led.   Here are some details from “Deluge”.

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british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

british modern abstraction lyric expressionpainting acrylic detail jenny meehan

 

All that time invested in looking at surfaces, weathered and worn, neglected and un thought of, seems to have informed my immersion in the surfaces of my paintings… I get some delight from making the paintings hold beautiful passages, which maybe the patient observer will dwell upon, and maybe the imagination might make some ways of beholding them only known to the individual viewer, who holds their own story and journeys imaginatively in their own unique way?

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

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Last image shows you the whole painting.  All my paintings are for sale and reasonably priced at between £250 and £350.  Contact me via my website contact form if you are interested in buying one!

http://www.jamartlondon.com

 

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Notation, Digital Image by Jenny Meehan

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jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

 

Notation is a digital image which I created from a photograph of the beautiful London Plane Tree outside my house.  When I started taking photographs a pretty similar thing happened to me as it did with painting… I got drawn into abstraction!   The wonders of digital imaging software are hard to resist.

 

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jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

 

This painting is one of my earlier works, and I called it “Land and Sea Scape” as I felt both wind blown sand and water when contemplating it after completion.  It was a wonderful experience to use the acrylic paint in such a free flowing way.  The painting is available to buy, so contact me via the contact form on my website http://www.jamartlondon.com if you  are interested.

 

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jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

 

The fascination with water and rock has been a long term one for me, and expressed in many different mediums.  I believe it is very important for artists to experiment with different materials as it helps you to keep inspired and also suggests new directions.  This hand built coil pot is very heavy, and I very much enjoyed working in this free flowing way.  The pot is called “Water Over the Rock”.   I think it probably came from a childhood memory of water flowing over the rocks at a pub in North Devon, plus memories of playing in rocky streams in North Devon, when on holiday.

 

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jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

 

This digital photograph is called “High Water, Thames” and was taken when at Marble Hill  Park in Twickenham as I took a short walk.

 

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jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

 

This experiment with geometric shapes is one of the “Signs of the Times” series.  Digitally printed and then laminated and mounted on foam board, the surface is very smooth but not glossy, which is perfect for the imagery.  Working with very smooth precise colour is a pleasure, and quite different to my lyrical and layered paintings.  I choose the medium I work with depending on my objectives, and in this case, to use vector graphics and digital printing served my purposes well.   The print is called “Garden Grow”.   The garden is a often visited subject for me.

“The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don’t want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don’t have a soul.”
– Thomas Moore, The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life, 1996, p. 101

 

“When a garden is used as a place to pause for thought, that is when a Zen garden comes to life. When you contemplate a garden like this it will form as lasting impression on your heart.”
– Muso Soseki in The Temple in the House by Anthony Lawlor

 

I’m a Friend of God

There’s a song which I have heard a few times and it keeps coming into my head.   It’s got me thinking and reflecting on the idea of friendship with God.   One line in it goes “I’m a friend of God” and that is sung several times over, if I remember rightly.  It’s a very “full on”  charismatic type of song, which I associate imaginatively with the  evangelical and charismatic departments of the Christian church!  However, I also have in mind, even more than that song, “What a Friend we have in Jesus”,  a hymn which I remember from my childhood experience of church, in this case, a small Baptist Church in Hampton Wick, led by a very inspirational lady, Sister Edna Black.   “What a Friend we have in Jesus” is bedded deeply in my soul, it seems, and it is one of those songs/hymns which has come back to meet me in later life, bringing with it a deeper appreciation of what those words actually mean to me personally.

The first verse of “What a Friend we have in Jesus” is as follows:

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Words can flow easily from our lips, but to know something deep in the heart is something else, and as I look back, the idea of friendship with God is in reality quite a challenging one.  Particularly in the hardest times, and it is not coincidental I think, that when the Holy Spirit pressed this hymn into my experience the most, was at a time when I felt particularly abandoned.     “You have never been forsaken” was something I inserted into my own version of one of the verses, without, in the first instance, being conscious of the fact that it wasn’t  a real line in the song.  It is funny how we do know what we need to know, deep down!  It was, in the end, exactly what the song was saying to me.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge— (this line became for me “You have never been forsaken”)
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

I found some very insightful reading,  below, I quote a small section of it:

“An Idea Whose Time Has Come

This notion of friendship with God seems to have waxed and waned throughout history. It is possible that preachers and teachers of religion fear that embracing the idea of friendship with God may lead to effacing the mystery and awesomeness of God, and so they hesitate to talk about it. But I am convinced, as is Carmichael, that this is an idea whose time has come, and none too soon for the future of our world—as I hope will become clear as we proceed. For one thing, fear of God has closed off a closer relationship with God in many people I have met, and they seem drawn by the notion of friendship. For another, friendship with God leads to a wider and wider circle of friends as we realize that God’s desire for friendship includes all people.

As noted, much of our teaching about God has stressed fear of God. And why not? The psalmist writes: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10). But the fear of the Lord extolled in the psalm is a far cry from the fear instilled by religious teaching, which leads people to keep their distance from God. The psalms surely were not written to keep people far from God, but just as bad news sells better than good in the media, so, too, hellfire and brimstone make for more compelling teaching and preaching. But God, I believe, is shortchanged by such teaching and preaching tactics, and so are we.”

This is quoted from: http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-voices/21st-century-ignatian-voices/god-wants-our-friendship?utm_source=emagislist&utm_medium=email&utm_content=201601&utm_campaign=emagis

and was written by:  By William A. Barry, SJ
From A Friendship Like No Other: Experiencing God’s Amazing Embrace

To read the rest of it, please follow the link above.

He goes on to talk about fear as a motivating factor for religious practice, and observes that “If fear is the principal factor used to enforce a religious practice, the practice will end when the fear is removed”.

For fear, when used in relation to God, ie “fear of the Lord”

The “fear of the Lord” that is the beginning of wisdom is a healthy realization of God’s awesomeness. God is fascinating and awe-­inspiring, even terrifying, as the theologian Rudolf Otto put it. But suppose for a moment that God, who is Mystery itself—awesome, terrible, and unknowable—wants our friendship. Then the beginning of wisdom might be an acceptance of God’s offer, even though accepting it proves to be daunting, challenging, and even a bit frightening.”

My thoughts on friendship with God are that it is something which one can get a huge amount of solace from, solace, support, comfort and acceptance, and yet also a huge amount of challenge, for friendship requires vulnerability, honesty and openness.  Trusting God  is a step of faith, and needs the light of revelation and truth.  A understanding of our Creator’s true nature, which is that of Love, and love which surpasses all others.  And if we are people who find it hard to be trusting, as many of us do, because we are wounded, and know how often misplaced trust causes injury, then to be a Friend of God is a challenging invitation, which demands a lot of faith, and requires us to face some of our own fears about what might happen if we do trust God.

“Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!”

My images of prayer, dating back from the time when I remember singing this song as a child, consist of images of rather elderly ladies who have nothing to do with me, praying nicely, as church going people do.   But the reality of prayer is more of a way of life than a short extract of words and intentions which take place in a church. Prayer is, I think, more a case of being a turning of oneself to one’s maker, of metanoia, (Metanoia, an Ancient Greek word (μετάνοια) meaning “changing one’s mind”), and the surrender, trust, and acceptance which come from allowing the Holy Spirit to bring God’s light, love and healing to work within us.  Prayer is many other things as well, of course. There are lots of different types of prayer, and also, different faith traditions use different terminologies and practices.  What is clear to me is that a trust in God does offer very real and powerful solace, and with it comes an increased sense of personal integrity, along with increased desire for growing in friendship with others and the capacity to enjoy honest, intimate and truthful relationships, founded on the example given in Christ.

 

Well Spring Painting Published in Cover Design by Alison Beek   

Ah, great, this painting “Well Spring” is being put to good use!  Designer Alison Beek has used it for a book cover

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Well Spring painting by Jenny Meehan used on the cover of The Recovery of Hope a book  by Naomi Starkey

 

The Recovery of Hope: Bible Reflections for Sensing God’s Presence and Hearing God’s Call Paperback – 22 Jan 2016  by Naomi Starkey

A little bit about Naomi Starkey…

Naomi Starkey is a full-time ordained minister in the Church in Wales, living on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales. From 1997 to 2015 she was a commissioning editor for BRF as well as editing New Daylight and Quiet Spaces over a number of years. She is the author of Good Enough Mother (BRF, 2009), Pilgrims to the Manger (BRF, 2010), The Recovery of Love (BRF, 2012) and The Recovery of Hope (2016).

 

http://www.brfonline.org.uk/9780857464170/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Recovery-Hope-Reflections-Presence/dp/0857464175

Text quoted from the page above:

We live in the hope of experiencing first-hand the all-sufficient grace, love and forgiveness which is God’s alone, a hope that we may know with our heads long before we feel it in our hearts. This book is centred on a hope that means encountering God not only as consoling presence in the darkness but as one who challenges us to respond to his call. That call may prove to be costly, but as we respond, we will find ourselves transformed as we discover and rediscover not only that we are known exactly as we are, but loved beyond understanding as God’s precious children. In a series of Bible reflections – and some poems – the theme of this hope is explored in different ways, from the yearning of the Psalmist to walking the gentle journey of the Good Shepherd’s leading.” 

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One Response to “Creative Literacy – Friend of God – Deluge Abstract Painting Details – Past Photography and Art Tour – Well Spring Image on Recovery of Hope Book Cover –”

  1. deniselesley Says:

    Hi Jenny

    Thanks for your post. I really like your poem about the hen – lovely!

    I enjoyed reading your thoughts on friendship with God and the fear of the Lord. It is not something that is talked about much or at all at church, very refreshing insight.

    Thank you for sharing so honestly.

    Looking forward to seeing you soon.

    Love Denise x

    Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 16:43:22 +0000
    To: denisepharo@msn.com


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