Screenshots of some Recent Galaxies!

 

 

Each Galaxy started with a bucket of Keim Mineral Paint!  I then took the initial image and worked my magic digitally!

 

Buy the “Keim Galaxies” as printed products on the print-on-demand website “Redbubble.com”

 

Yes, I am gradually putting up the rather large series of work on my Artist’s page on Redbubble!  It takes some time so they are not all up there.  I am basically adding them at the same time as I have Skype meetings with my fellow artists at Kingston Artists’ Open Studios each week.  We cannot meet in person, but Skype is just fine, with the added advantage of being able to work on the computer, or whatever we are currently working on at the same time!

This is my  WordPress Artist’s Journal, so I am going to ramble on on my usual meandering course for the rest of this post.  If you would like to see the beautiful “Keim Galaxies” I put most of them up in a previous post, so either skim down to that, or follow the link to my Artist’s Page on Redubble.com where I have posted some of them already!

Here is the link to the “Explore” designs section at Redbubble.com.  It displays the image as a simple, flat, square, as the example below. When you find a design you like and want to see products in the shop, there’s another link to follow! Then another whole world opens.  Maybe quite a useful one at the moment, with the shops being in the situation they are in.  There is stationery, soft furnishings, wall art, greetings cards, prints, posters, home furnishings, accessories, and much more.

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/explore

 

“Kind of Colossal” ©Jenny Meehan

Note: images are low resolution and don’t reflect full sized image quality.

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jenny meehan surrey artist london contemporary female artist

About Jenny Meehan

I’m a British fine and applied artist, painter and poet creating original exciting artwork.

This artwork is an evolution of the beautiful mineral pigments used in Keim Mineral paints and part of an extensive portfolio of lyrically abstract/geometric abstract designs created from my love of painting, colour, and a focus on the environment through raising awareness that we have a choice to use alternatives to film forming synthetic paint.

This strand of my work allows me to offer accessible and affordable art to a wide range of people. My original fine paintings are also available to by, contact me on Instagram via link in bio or through my Artist’s Journal:

https://jennymeehan.wordpress.com/jenny-meehan-jennifer-meehan-how-to-contact-me

All art ©Jenny Meehan image licensing via DACS only but initial proposed fee often negotiable.

……

..You can buy my work as prints, posters, soft furnishings, stationery, cloth face masks, bedding, accessories, bags, headscarves, wall hangings, clothing, designer clothing, plus more… on redbubble.com.

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/explore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(video doesn’t seem to work on my phone…sorry! looking into why!)

“Timetable” by Jenny Meehan 2020 to music by Kevin MacLeod “Screen Saver” (sourced from freepd.com. CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)
Public Domain Dedication)

I made this video a while back, before the Covid-19, Coronavirus, UK lock down and all that has brought many more people to a situation of working from home. It seems odd looking at it now!

The video was made last year, in 2019. At the end of last year I was experimenting with making short video clips, just for a change. My very short piece “Time Table” was selected for screening at an event in Manchester. Info below:

screening shown on 3rd December 2019 at STRETCH – Reel Time event. Held at Mirabel Studios 14 -20 Mirabel Street Manchester M31PJ

My statement:

“As an artist, writer, and home-maker, I manage my time by working in a completely piecemeal, and often spontaneous, way. I integrate my creative practice within my domestic life and utilise the flexibility inherent in this way of life. I used my work space, (AKA kitchen) as the setting for the film “Time Table”. I often produce work on my kitchen table is the object in the room which best represents the interrelationship between my artistic work and the other work I’m involved in.

Both forms of work are mostly unpaid, and it becomes a challenge to maintain a sense of self and a sense of value in our capitalist society which measures value by status and money.

The planner in the film has blank pages but rapid movement, because in both dimensions of my work sphere; the domestic and the artistic; I’m extremely busy. However, I find the reality of my work is non existent in many people’s perceptions; it’s blank; because they do not recognise what I do as being work. In our culture activities which take place in the domestic sphere are often side-lined and artistic creation is at risk as being thought as being a “free time” pursuit. I frequently get asked “What do you do all day?”

In reality, “work” reflects more to purpose and perception, than a context.

Like the table, the water in the film is a crossover subject too; from the water in the kettle (tea for a break time), the repetition and rhythm of a dripping tap (associated with labour and maybe monotony) and the water of a swimming pool (swimming being a “free time” activity for me). The pool is also a place for reflection: interestingly contemplative space for an artist swiftly re-orientates itself into a place of purpose for a reflective art practitioner.”

 

Made in the Pre-Covid 19 era…!!! Since making it, a HUGE number of people previously working in buildings which are not their domestic setting, currently work from home. It’s so odd looking back at this video I made now!

I hope that one of the outcomes of this challenging time is that the work of those so-called “economically inactive” (mainly women, and anyone involved in various unpaid caring activities) has a stronger sense of presence in our awareness of work activities, and even in the way we think about what makes us valuable human beings. The equation of money and status with worth is being shaken at the roots right now.

I’m so glad we have drawn our attention to appreciating the caring profession. And let’s remember, that “professions” are not professions due to the amount of money someone earns, but are an expression of a person’s values, investment, and focus. So many activities, not formally recognised as “professions”, though low paid, unpaid, and regardless of relative status in society, are ALL work, all valuable, and all vital to a healthy society.

Sculpture at Morley College

I find working with three dimensions very interesting and it makes a nice change from working on paintings, drawings, and prints. I was pleased to have my sculpture “Articulation” accepted for exhibition at this year’s MADE at Menier Gallery. It’s an exhibition for students at Morley College. HOWEVER…  then this email arrived… Not a surprise in the current Coronavirus Pandemic!

Dear all,

Due to the escalation of the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK, we regret to inform you that we have made the very difficult decision to postpone this year’s Made exhibition at Menier Gallery. We are very sorry about this, but there is nothing else we can do. In this unusual situation it is also hard to say when Made will happen, but we hope that we will be able to host it in a brand new Morley Gallery next year.

We appreciate the effort you have made to create all this lovely artwork and hope the effects of the Coronavirus are minimal for you and your loved ones.

More information about this will follow shortly.

Not a surprise.

Indeed, though signed up for a six week term, in the end I only attended two sessions of the course in the second half of the Spring Term.  Morley College is based in Southwark, which was at that time the London Borough with the second highest number of confirmed cases of Covid 19.  As I watched the figures rise – from 8 in Southwark on the 10th March  and then 28 confirmed cases of Covid 19 on the 16th March – I grew uncomfortable with travelling to Southwark on the train.  The journey there wasn’t too bad, but on the way back on the jam packed train… It was obviously a bad idea to continue.  The last time I went up to London was 10th March, and then on the way home in the rush hour I wore a specially made scarf… made by myself!  It was lightweight woven fabric with a couple of layers of polypropylene folded inside it.  Perfect!  Polypropylene is actually the main component in the manufacture of surgical face masks.  I really didn’t want to buy myself a surgical face mask… Feeling they should be kept for the settings for which they were designed.  However, I felt very strongly that people travelling in crowded trains should be wearing face coverings of some shape or form.  At that time, no one, well, hardly anyone, was wearing face masks or face coverings. But I felt so much better for doing so.

I wrote and researched quite a lot on the subject.  I used to be a Dental Nurse many years back and wore surgical face masks all day every working day.  We never used them as any more than a hygiene measure.  It was never a defensive, “protect me from this or that” kind of thing to do. They were not respirator masks, of course.  They were there to stop big droplets from the dental procedures and also to stop our breathing from the kind of merging of air which happens when you work very close to patients.  So this past experience informed my decision to cover my face so early on in certain settings.  I also did a bit of research, and while just one example, reading the research below got me thinking that it was better to err on the side of caution.  Though the Covid 19 is not Influenza A,  it is certainly highly infectious and if Influenza A has a way of spreading in very tiny particles (smaller than droplet infection, rather airborne).

Interestingly Scientists have disagreed for years on how exactly Influenza is spread; some saying that its airborne, and others that its only the larger droplets, and nothing smaller. I know which camp I am in.  Yes, we don’t know about Covid 19. Specifically.  However, it seems unwise in the midst of a global pandemic to insist on waiting for the numerous experiments with the specific virus in question to be carried out when such a simple, practical and easy to implement action by members of the public can at least be one small factor in reducing transmission of Covid 19. Its never been a “protect me from the virus” mentality for me.  It’s been; this is a virus which has a huge range of symptoms, (or people asymptomatic)  and basically its really hard to say for the most part if you have it, or have had it. There’s lots of corona-virus’ and probably many co infections happening right now.  So the best mindset is to behave as if you have it, and you carry it with you.  Though you don’t know, it matters not.  What matters is that when you are indoors in busy crowded places (not that we have any at this point in time!) where your exhaled breath will be mixing  with the exhaled breath of others, it seem logical to do what you can to avoid sharing.

I am so relieved we have the social distancing in place now.  Shopping in supermarkets, especially all the panic buying which went on earlier on, was surely one of the rampant and successful ways of spreading Covid 19 around, and I think we may look back and ask ourselves why we didn’t stop that earlier.  I used to wear a loop scarf or snood for shopping way back in Mid March. Still do now.  No reason not to.  I think there is a strand of thought which goes along the line of MASKS = FEAR.  This is a shame.  However, I can see that for some people the idea of a virus being airborne could be something which caused paranoia. Shame really, as it’s not a new idea but maybe in the light of the current situation that might seem unsurprising.  I think the research which I share below was immensely helpful to me, with the proviso of course that it was carried out in an artificial setting and also with a more familiar virus.  However, influenza’s of any kind are  very serious  and the cause of huge numbers of deaths each year.  The novel coronavirus  (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19),  was previously referred to by its provisional name 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is proving to be illusive and tricky to pin down. It’s very nature is unpredictable.  We will need to get used to the uncertainty and as we accept it and its consequences, doing something simple like covering our faces may make a small contribution to helping reduce and slow the spread. Any small contribution is worth while, and gives us more time. It is going to take a LONG time. I’m sure of that.

So with the following research, I think the key points are it’s prolonged face to face which is the mainstay of the awareness regarding spread.  The percentage is high in the experiment.  It logically would be less in a real life situation. And this is only one factor in spread.  One factor among many. Dose and duration all make big differences.  Something like this is helpful for increasing awareness and doesn’t need to result in paranoia, or in people ignoring the other methods of transmission.  Just the same as wearing a face covering doesn’t mean suddenly people are going to touch their faces more, not bother with other methods of reducing transmission, and become complacent!

https://www.virology.ws/2018/02/08/a-breath-of-fresh-influenza-virus/?fbclid=IwAR0CtmkP_OP93U7oOZfs03dRIrLkZJJX2JDeW40e8T548ycPONrJpW2rBoI

 

Ah, I have meandered.

Where was I? Morley College.

Yes, the exhibition cancelled, and then later this email:

“We are pleased to announce that we will present your work in a first-ever online MADE exhibition in May 2020!

As you already know, Morley has taken the difficult decision to cancel MADE at Menier Gallery (previously scheduled for 29 April – 7 May 2020). Although the physical show has been postponed, we are excited to inform you that we will present the exhibition digitally and we are currently working on a new Instagram account for MADE 2020 (@MadeAtMorley) that will feature all the selected works of art for each of the four disciplines involved – please, start following!

MADE 2020 ONLINE: The Instagram exhibition will feature your objects as well as interviews and films of production behind the scene. This is a great opportunity to show the hard work that you have been undertaking in this period and to offer viewers the chance to see your superb work online and get to know your art better. All the selected works will also be shown in the new Gallery website and will remain accessible in the future. We aim to launch the online exhibition on May 11th, 2020.

-> Please, note: Morley Gallery is expected to reopen in March 2021 and we hope to host the exhibition there as well in March/April 2021.

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT The new Instagram account @MadeAtMorley is now live. Please start following now!

HASHTAGS
#MorleyGallery
#Morley_College
#Made2020

Well, that will be one way of seeing the work.  I am looking forward to it.

Here is the selected work “Articulation”.  Also the accompanying text.  Like a lot of my work, it was started some time ago, and then I have reflected and reviewed, refined and developed it. I value the process and value contemplation. A contemplative practice is the backbone to any art works I produce.  I don’t stick to a time schedule, unless I am producing something which is a commission for someone else.  It’s finished now, and I am very happy with it.

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articulation sculpture, jenny meehan, wire and paper sculpture, psychotherapy, art therapy, subconscious, healing art, trauma recovery, british artist, ©jenny meehan

 

articulation sculpture, jenny meehan, wire and paper sculpture, psychotherapy, art therapy, subconscious, healing art, trauma recovery, british artist, ©jenny meehan

articulation sculpture, jenny meehan, wire and paper sculpture, psychotherapy, art therapy, subconscious, healing art, trauma recovery, british artist, ©jenny meehan

 

articulation sculpture, jenny meehan, wire and paper sculpture, psychotherapy, art therapy, subconscious, healing art, trauma recovery, british artist, ©jenny meehan

articulation sculpture, jenny meehan, wire and paper sculpture, psychotherapy, art therapy, subconscious, healing art, trauma recovery, british artist, ©jenny meehan

Above; Various images taken during the process of making “Articulation”.

Below; Information/text submitted to the Morley Online exhibition.

 

“Articulation” What is it?

So here is a bit more about this work, which I have been working on for several years.  I believe its a great mistake to rush a piece of artwork.  They have their own timing, and something like this will be taken out, worked on for a while, and then put away again.  The process continues.  The work is not just the artefact; it is the thinking and feeling it represents.  It needs to evolve.  Like all my work, it comes into being in a piecemeal fashion, bit by bit.  I like the way that the form of this work reflects this.  It’s a very accurate expression of my working process, which I like very much for that very reason.  For this reason, I would call this a signature piece. It includes a poem which can be read if you look closely around the rim.

Untitled

Words are power;
this is why
I stumble and trip.
I try to find them.

For mine are hiding;
cowardly.
They left me helpless;
stuck themselves all over a tree –
becoming harder -soft tissue
into paper

Then,
as you see…

A wooden bark
which
soundless sits
in its own
quiet
dignity.

 

To find your voice as a person sounds easy, but it’s one of the hardest things in life.  Maybe for me, with a lot of childhood trauma and adversity, those formative experiences make “articulation” more a a challenge?  I’m not sure, but I do know that in my second half of life, I have needed to do a lot of personal work through ongoing psychotherapy. This has proved transformative, and vital in locating a stronger sense of myself, and in finding my voice.  As an artist and creative, this “Articulation” expresses the heart of why I work with materials in the way that I do.  It’s part of a regeneration and growth; An expansion and exploration.

On the materials and making dimension of “Articulation”

Process
I took some digital photographs of trees/branches in my garden. Photocopies of these were used as the final layer of papier-mâché. They were the beginning, and end of this process led, instinctive piece.

The galvanised steel wire framework took off nicely. I wanted a sense of control/structure but also spontaneity. Playful rings in the centre invite a childlike exploration. I included suggestions of fluidity/water flow in the outer form using parallel areas of curved wire. I wanted activity and life suggested in what was gradually emerging as a tree stump type form.

The paper parts skim around the form, almost as if being blown by wind; a metaphor for the Holy Spirit of God. My acknowledgement of a life giving, creative, divine influence; inspiration; is key.

The negative spaces and shapes are there to unify the sculpture as a whole; they let you into its structure and in doing that, present a sense of unity to the superficial brokenness. The newspaper and photocopied paper “bark” was sprayed brown paint, then varnished. In one section there is an inner and outer wire wall which have separated from each other. The inner energy of the trunk is pushing the old bark away.

My experience of psychotherapy is integral to my creative output.

 

Kalo

Here are some of my Kalo series which I started experimenting with at the end of last year.

 

 

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jenny meehan jamartlondon Kalo Kaleidoscope art design geometric abstract surface pattern on redbubble to buy affordable british contemporary artist

 

 

jenny meehan jamartlondon Kalo Kaleidoscope art design geometric abstract surface pattern on redbubble to buy affordable british contemporary artist

jenny meehan jamartlondon Kalo Kaleidoscope art design geometric abstract surface pattern on redbubble to buy affordable british contemporary artist

 

“Keim Galaxies” Available to Buy on Redbubble.com

 

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/explore

II am currently putting many of the “Keim Galaxies” art/design up on my Redbubble.com account.  Redbubble.com is a print-on-demand website which artists can post their work on and have it printed on merchandise of many kinds if any customer requests it.  This is a great way to make ones art and design accessible and the artist gets a royalty payment for each time their design is used.   I don’t have the time to print my own work very much anymore, so making prints available on Redbubble.com works well.  If someone doesn’t particularly want a signed print, then they can just get a print through the website.  Conversely, I do produce a very small number of signed prints myself, but the number is very small.  I don’t limit them in number.  I do number them, for my own records.  But it seems silly to artificially limit them.  They are limited simply by virtue that the numbers I produce are very small.

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jenny meehan london surrey contemporary artist blog

 

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jenny meehan art for sale british contemporary artist

 

Jenny Meehan: How to buy my art/design online safely, easily, and affordably.

 

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/explore

This is my main portfolio on redbubble.com. My focus isn’t on selling online, but accessible and affordable art prints enable people to own and view selected examples of my work and its a great way to share it.

Follow the links to take a peek, or simply put in your browser the words redbubble jennyjimjams (skip the main site advert) , and pages from my profile will come up. Scroll down any page until you get to “View Jenny Meehan’s shop” if you want to look at a range of products they offer with my designs on. Or there’s another option to “shop” called “explore”. (More on navigating the redbubble.com site below)

There are thousands of artists work up on redbubble.com! All with their own “shop” and profile. If you want to buy prints and merchandise from redbubble.com with my work on, ensure you have found the right shopfront. It should be showing on a page with my profile image on.

There is only a limited selection of work I’ve posted on redbubble.com. It’s a “print on demand” site. If you purchase something with my art/design on it, I get a royalty payment while redbubble.com manufacture the product or print.

Any art prints are unsigned. It’s an excellent way for me to make my work more affordable and available. And easy to buy.

Take a look! If there is something you have seen on Instagram, LinkedIn, or my Jenny Meehan Contemporary Artist’s Journal and you would like it available on redbubble, just contact me directly and I can put it up on redbubble.com.

 

 

Navigating the redbubble.com website to locate art/design by Jenny Meehan

Navigating the site can be a bit confusing, and it’s easy to end up looking at work by other artists, rather than just mine, because of the way the website is organised.  If you specifically want to purchase products and prints with my art/design on, the following might help you.

Link to the SHOP section is:

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/shop

The SHOP section shows my work on different products.  When you start clicking around it also offers an option “See Similar Designs” but this will show designs by ALL artists on redbubble.com which are similar.  I mention because this can be confusing.  If you just want to see additional designs by me on the shop section, then you need to make sure you scroll down to my profile picture and name and look there.  It’s further down.

 

Link to the EXPLORE section is

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/explore

The EXPLORE section is the best section to navigate to if you want to take a quick look at the whole range of designs I have in my redbubble.com portfolio.  It just shows the designs as a flat image.  When you locate one you like you can then select to see it on various products.  It’s a better way of navigating to my work, as less confusing.

Something you want me to put up on redbubble.com, but I haven’t put it up yet?

No problem!  Contact me via the contact page here on my blog/artist’s journal and I will put it up within three days, normally.

I am able to locate the artwork from my extensive digital archive and put it up on redbubble.com within 3 days. Once it’s up there, you purchase the print or product online and your order is fulfilled by redbubble.com

Other options for buying are you contact me and I can get a print made elsewhere, but generally this often tends to work out more expensive and does take longer.

However. If you require a signed art print, or redbubble.com do not offer the substrate or format you need, this is a better option for you.

Interior designers looking for specific formats and substrates for large scale artwork for corporate, office and business environments or other public spaces may wish to contact me directly for custom made, large scale, interior wall art, prints, etc. Enquiries most welcome.

 

Geometric Abstraction/Geometric Patterns/Repeating Patterns and Surface Design Focus

I have an additional redbubble.com profile with only geometric patterned designs:

https://www.redbubble.com/people/JennyMeehan/explore

 

Which “Keim Galaxies” have I put up on Redbubble.com so far?

Here are some images of the “Keim Galaxies” up at the present time.  I will be adding to them, of course.

 

 jenny meehan british contemporary artist ©jenny meehan "keim galaxies" geometric and lyrical abstract digital prints, jennyjimjams redbubble.com prints, jenny meehan art design on redbubble.com,

jenny meehan british contemporary artist ©jenny meehan “keim galaxies” geometric and lyrical abstract digital prints, jennyjimjams redbubble.com prints, jenny meehan art design on redbubble.com,

 jenny meehan british contemporary artist ©jenny meehan "keim galaxies" geometric and lyrical abstract digital prints, jennyjimjams redbubble.com prints, jenny meehan art design on redbubble.com,

jenny meehan british contemporary artist ©jenny meehan “keim galaxies” geometric and lyrical abstract digital prints, jennyjimjams redbubble.com prints, jenny meehan art design on redbubble.com,

 jenny meehan british contemporary artist ©jenny meehan "keim galaxies" geometric and lyrical abstract digital prints, jennyjimjams redbubble.com prints, jenny meehan art design on redbubble.com,

jenny meehan british contemporary artist ©jenny meehan “keim galaxies” geometric and lyrical abstract digital prints, jennyjimjams redbubble.com prints, jenny meehan art design on redbubble.com,

 jenny meehan british contemporary artist ©jenny meehan "keim galaxies" geometric and lyrical abstract digital prints, jennyjimjams redbubble.com prints, jenny meehan art design on redbubble.com,

jenny meehan british contemporary artist ©jenny meehan “keim galaxies” geometric and lyrical abstract digital prints, jennyjimjams redbubble.com prints, jenny meehan art design on redbubble.com,

Images are low resolution on the internet.  On Redbubble.com it’s possible to have them printed on prints and furnishing, and many different types of merchandise at a very large scale.  This is perfect for interior designers, for both domestic and home settings and is quick, safe, and affordable.

Note: The edges where colours meet are diffused, giving a gentle, organic feel when viewed at very close range. This softening is deliberate, and not a printing fault. The combination of flat solid colours and softened edges on printed substrate is part of my aesthetic and characteristic of all of my flat colour designs.

 

 

Jenny Meehan Contemporary Fine Artist Original Fine Art Paintings for Sale

If you prefer to buy affordable, original paintings, directly from me, I have plenty available and do please contact me letting me know what you are looking for.

The majority of my original fine art paintings can be described as following the style of abstract expressionism and lyrical abstraction. I paint in either oils or acrylics mostly.

A rough price guide for my original fine paintings is between £200 and £600 if purchased directly from me. When you buy a painting or any art work from a gallery setting, there is normally a commission of between 30% and 50% added to the price due to gallery costs and the purchase being made through a business. I am not formally  represented by any one gallery at the current time.

I  regularly exhibits my art working (paintings, prints, and poetry) in the United Kingdom. This is normally as a result of being selected in Open Submission Artist’s Call Outs. My work has been exhibited in many notable galleries, including Pallant House Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Stanley Picker Gallery, and Kingston Museum Gallery. My  work is featured/included in many publications, University and Hospital projects/settings.

 

Kingston Artists’ Open Studios 2020 Cancelled!

Yes, another cancelled exhibition.  Here are some images from last year to look at instead!

 

 

 

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“With great reluctance we have decided to cancel #OpenStudios 2020 because of the #coronavirus situation. We will be back as soon as we can. In the meantime do look at our website & links to our artists’ websites. Do support them by ordering online!”

http://kingstonartistsopenstudios.co.uk

The Garden Gate Oil Painting by Jenny Meehan

 

the garden gate oil painting by Jenny jenny meehan british contemporary artist©jenny meehan

the garden gate oil painting by Jenny jenny meehan british contemporary artist©jenny meehan

This is an early painting of mine when I was first experimenting with representational painting. I’ve picked this to share because of the “Staying at Home” message we are all hearing. The painting is my neighbours front garden. The tree isn’t there anymore, as it was sadly cut down.  The pathway leading to the shut gate evokes some kind of memory for me from my childhood.  You shut gates in gardens to stop children from wandering out, in to possible danger. The paintings has shade, on the right hand side, from the walls of the house, and also sunlight which catches the bushes on the left. Young flowering plants grow in the shade, enjoying the protection of the wall from the early morning frosts no doubt.  The strong branches of the tree outside the garden are quite a contrast.

I am finding great enjoyment from my garden at this challenging time, and it is certainly therapeutic!  A good way of relaxing.  Nature is very comforting at times.  I said to myself recently, as I looked at my small tomato plant growing “As long as the plants keep growing, we are OK!”.

 

 

 

 

jenny meehan Kalo Kaleidoscope art design geometric abstract surface pattern on redbubble to buy affordable british contemporary artist©jenny meehan

jenny meehan Kalo Kaleidoscope art design geometric abstract surface pattern on redbubble to buy affordable british contemporary artist©jenny meehan

 

 

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jenny meehan jamartlondon Kalo Kaleidoscope art design geometric abstract surface pattern on redbubble to buy affordable british contemporary artist©jenny meehan

 

 

The Art of Caring

Well, ANOTHER cancelled exhibition. Which has become an online exhibition for the time being.

Here is some information about it, copied and pasted from the “Art of Caring” website. http://www.artofcaring.org.uk/

 

“Introduction to “The Art of Caring” Online Exhibition

“We are delighted to participate in the Art of Caring 2020 exhibition, the year which the World Health Organisation designated as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife and the bicentennial year of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Any year would have been timely to celebrate the attributes of our highly skilled, multi faceted professions, which make up the largest proportion of the NHS workforce. But with the world facing a global pandemic, it is apposite that in this, of all years, we pay tribute to the contribution and sacrifice made by our colleagues worldwide and offer them our sincere thanks and gratitude.

The theme for this year’s exhibition, ‘Ingredients for a healthy life’ takes on new meaning and poignancy in such unprecedented times. Many images in our exhibition reflect this, appreciating the gifts of comfort and kindness which bind us together. We are indebted to our Artist In Residence, Alban Low in organising our first ever ‘Virtual’ exhibition and hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

Keep safe (and wash your hands),

Prof Karen Norman (On behalf of the School of Nursing, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London).

Karen Norman is Non Executive Director, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Professor, Business School, University of Hertfordshire

This exhibition is supported by the School of Nursing, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. Thank you to the arts team at St George’s Hospital and our long term artist partners The Arts Project (Peter Herbert/Marius Els) at St Pancras Hospital.”

“The Art of Caring” Online Exhibition will be running over May 2020. Each day there will be the work of four artists on the Art of Caring blog/website, and on some social media platforms too.  Here is the rundown!

Art of Caring Online exhibition 2020
Aaron J Little 20/05/2020
Aasiri Wickremage 15/05/2020
Adam Drouet 07/05/2020
Alan Carlyon Smith 31/05/2020
Alban Low 25/05/2020
Alexandre Santacruz 21/05/2020
Ally Zlatar 20/05/2020
Amanda Van Der Zant 07/05/2020
Amna Walayat 28/05/2020
Ana Miljkovac 26/05/2020
Ann Froggatt 28/05/2020
Ann Kopka 10/05/2020
Anna Bulgakova 18/05/2020
Anna O’Doherty 05/05/2020
Aran Illingworth 20/05/2020
Ayşegül Altunok 19/05/2020
B a r b a r a   Schneider 23/05/2020
Beatrice Bromley 09/05/2020
Beth Barlow 11/05/2020
Bryan Benge 08/05/2020
Carole Loeffler 28/05/2020
Catherine Jack 15/05/2020
Catriona Smith 25/05/2020
Charlotte W Stubbs 08/05/2020
Chiara Cavarzan 29/05/2020
Chloe Ann Munday 12/05/2020
Chloe Laurence and Tom Francome 24/05/2020
Chris Brown 30/05/2020
Chris Holley 27/05/2020
CJ Crosland 18/05/2020
Clare Owen 27/05/2020
Collette Costello 14/05/2020
Corinne Perry 06/05/2020
Cotidad 28/05/2020
Dacc e Dukjan 12/05/2020
Daniel Zlota 05/05/2020
Daniele Bongiovanni 02/05/2020
Danny Mooney 19/05/2020
David Robinson 26/05/2020
Dean Reddick 21/05/2020
Durre Sameen 23/05/2020
Emily Naine 27/05/2020
Gabriella Ranito 04/05/2020
George Mavrikos 18/05/2020
Gerrard Lindley 01/05/2020
GIDEON CONN 30/05/2020
Giovanna Iorio 14/05/2020
Grant Radford & Zoe Maslen. Accent 16/05/2020
Hamish Young 30/05/2020
Hannah Lehane 01/05/2020
Helen Grundy 02/05/2020
Helen Roeten 13/05/2020
Helen Tate 17/05/2020
Henry Kenyon 29/05/2020
Jade Atkinson 02/05/2020
Jane Walker 26/05/2020
Janet Stafford 09/05/2020
Jean Mooney 19/05/2020
Jeff Hunter 25/05/2020
Jennifer Weston 10/05/2020
Jenny Meehan 06/05/2020
Jina Wallwork 01/05/2020
Jon Halls 05/05/2020
Julie Bennett 04/05/2020
Jura Brian Joyce 17/05/2020
Karen Winship 12/05/2020
Kath Lovett 07/05/2020
Katie Frost 22/05/2020
Katy Sayers 21/05/2020
Klaus Pinter 07/05/2020
Laura Atkinson 02/05/2020
Laura Parker 04/05/2020
Laura Scull 14/05/2020
Laurence Morgan 10/05/2020
Lieske Weenink 03/05/2020
Lily Mooney 31/05/2020
Lotta Barlach 27/05/2020
Louisa Pankhurst Johnson 15/05/2020
Lucy Clayton 20/05/2020
Lucy Oates 24/05/2020
Lydia Fernandez-Arias 08/05/2020
Mahlia Amatina 13/05/2020
Maria Lezon 08/05/2020
Marina Medef 23/05/2020
Marius Els 12/05/2020
Mark Carr 03/05/2020
Martin Hill 26/05/2020
Martina Scott 04/05/2020
Mary Conway 24/05/2020
Melanie Honebone 06/05/2020
Mia-Jane Harris 29/05/2020
Misty Athena Stokes 11/05/2020
Monique Martin 03/05/2020
Nadia Uppal 31/05/2020
Nicholas Sweet 14/05/2020
Nicky Chubb 18/05/2020
Nicole Lyster 05/05/2020
Paul March 11/05/2020
Paula De Sousa 15/05/2020
Poppy Field 24/05/2020
Rachael Murray – Created by family carers in Suffolk 17/05/2020
Rakhee Shah 05/05/2020
Raul Moya Mula 16/05/2020
Rebecca Sainsot-Reynolds 22/05/2020
Richard Young 06/05/2020
Ryoko Minamitani 19/05/2020
Sam M Harley 25/05/2020
Sara Jayne Harris 11/05/2020
Sarah Foque 16/05/2020
SEAN WORRALL 03/05/2020
Shannon Amey 22/05/2020
Simon Richardson 29/05/2020
Sonia Ben Achoura 23/05/2020
Stella Tripp 09/05/2020
Sue Thompson 16/05/2020
Susan Plover 30/05/2020
Teri Anderson 22/05/2020
Tracy Ferriss 31/05/2020
Trevor Coopersmith 10/05/2020
Vaiva Kovieraitė 21/05/2020
William Stok 17/05/2020
Yvonne Vignes 13/05/2020
Zelga Miller 09/05/2020

Zoe Douglas-Cain 13/05/2020

As May has started already on publishing this blog post, I have already started to look at some of the artworks and statements online, and they are amazing! Can’t wait to see more!
My contribution:
Here is my submission. Title “Eating Greens” 🤣
Sometimes self care is difficult! It feels unpleasant when we are not used to it!
The thinking behind this submission is that for those in the caring professions, or anyone fulfilling a caring role, it’s so easy to neglect ourselves. Neglecting to eat healthily is one obvious way to neglect yourself, but there are many others. The model in the photo is my daughter, who loves cabbage now… It just took some getting used to.  Often self care feels hard… It doesn’t feel right, but it gives us nourishment which we need.
Jenny (I need to remind myself of this all the time!)
eating greens for art of caring ©jenny meehan print for http://collectconnect.blogspot.com/ and art of caring online exhibition

eating greens for art of caring ©jenny meehan print for http://collectconnect.blogspot.com/ and art of caring online exhibition

And instagram is
jamartlondon_jennymeehan

 

Kingston Museum Exhibition

One of my prints has been shortlisted for this art exhibition at Kingston Museum.  Another one which will have to wait, at this Covid 19 Time we inhibit. No online exhibition happening for this one. It will be titled: Climate KAOS: Kingston Artists Open Studios present works about climate change. Was due to happen in June..

My artwork was one of the shortlisted, and we won’t know what exactly gets hung in the museum gallery until the massive task of hanging the work takes place, whenever that is.  It might be that depending on how the hanging goes, my work might not be in the final exhibition, but the intention at the present time is that it is.

Here is info on my work and the thinking, as submitted in the Artists’ Exhibition Call Out

 

“Artwork title: “Poor art” parody; A Damien Hirst “style” Mandala created from waste and without assistants.”
Medium: digital print on 3 mm panel
Year created: 2019
Overall dimensions: (including frame where applicable) 400 mm x 400 mm
Price: ( including 30% commission) £150

Title: “Poor art” parody; A Damien Hirst “style” Mandala created from waste and without assistants.”

My response to the exhibition Mandalas at White Cube Mason’s Yard.

This mandala started with waste in the form of printed wrapping paper.

I was brought up with the phrase “Waste not want not”, which is said to advise someone not to waste anything, because they might need it in the future. This seems a timely message humankind in the present era especially, and regardless of perceived value, in art or anything else, we should all be using the resources we have wisely, however much or little they cost.

Jenny Meehan is an artist based in Chessington Surrey working with painting, digital imagery and writing..”

 

Other thoughts on this.

The artwork started as something I posted on instagram with the following text:

 

"Poor art" parody; A Damien Hirst "style" Mandala created from waste and without assistants." ©jenny meehan print for Kingston Museum KAOS exhibition

“Poor art” parody; A Damien Hirst “style” Mandala created from waste and without assistants.” ©jenny meehan print for Kingston Museum KAOS exhibition

 

 

"Poor art" parody; A Damien Hirst "style" Mandala created from waste and without assistants." ©jenny meehan print for Kingston Museum KAOS exhibition

“Poor art” parody; A Damien Hirst “style” Mandala created from waste and without assistants.” ©jenny meehan print for Kingston Museum KAOS exhibition

 

About Jenny Meehan

Jenny Meehan – UK based painter-poet artist-author

Specialism: Geometric and Lyrical Abstraction

Artist Journal: https://jennymeehan.wordpress.com/

Image licensing via DACS Designer and Artists Copyright Society (DACS proposed fees are negotiable contact me in first instance)

https://www.youtube.com/user/jennyjimjams

https://www.instagram.com/jamartlondon_jennymeehan/

 

 

Copyright Information – Jenny Meehan

©jenny meehan

Copyright in all images by Jenny Meehan is held by the artist.

Permission must be sought in advance for the reproduction, copying or any other use of any images by Jenny Meehan. Individuals or businesses seeking licences or permission to use, copy or reproduce any image by Jenny Meehan should, in the first instance, contact Jenny Meehan.

Any persons discovered to be reproducing, copying or using images by Jenny Meehan without prior consent, authorisation or permission will be put on notice that Jenny Meehan is the copyright owner and asked to immediately cease and desist the infringing activity. If a satisfactory response and / or compliance is not forthcoming promptly, the matter will be pursued. For clarification of the laws of copyright, please contact the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS). http://www.dacs.org.uk

Copyright for all visual art by Jenny Meehan is managed by the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) in the UK. If you wish to licence a work of art by Jenny Meehan, please contact Jenny Meehan in the first instance to clarify your requirements.

Licencing an image is quick and easy for both parties and is organised through the Design and Artist Copyright Society. It can be done online through their request form:

https://dacs.secure.force.com/enquiry/

For an overview on image licensing on the DACS website, look here.

https://www.dacs.org.uk/licensing-works

Please NOTE: the “Quote” suggested is a proposed fee in line with the industry standard.  While I do stick broadly to the industry standard with respect to fees, I appreciate the need to stick to a budget in publishing, and the quote is a proposed amount. I normally have some flexibility! 

 

DACS will automatically propose a licensing fee in line with the industry standard.  However, please note, this is a negotiable fee. I am happy to be flexible about the initial fee proposed, and it’s not a problem if the initially proposed fee is outside your budget.  Administration of the licensing process is facilitated through DACS, who liaise between us with respect to the exact fee agreed. Depending on circumstances and the nature of your project, I can offer fee reductions for a certain percentage of licensing arrangements.

If you use their online form and attach the low resolution image of my artwork which you have found on the internet, they will know which image you seek permission for. You can also contact me directly in the first instance if you wish to, of course.  Any arrangements will need to be made through the Designer and Artists’ Copyright Society, but I can often offer the opportunity to alter images, for example, putting in different aspect ratios or colourways, so it’s really helpful to communicate with designers and clients first with respect to the actual image required.

So, feel free to contact me if you are looking for a particular type of artwork image, as I have a large archive of images. I will also be able to let you know the maximum size the digital image is available at. If you then wish to licence the artwork image, you would then contact the Design and Artist Copyright Society to arrange the licencing agreement according to your requirements. Once paid and agreed, I then supply the high resolution image directly to you.

Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

 

 

 

 

Keim Galaxies Launch

Not quite completed, as one or two more to do, but mostly done!

I move out of the office into the Studio Tent in the Spring…  Well, I need to reconstruct the tent because it has suffered with the wind and rain, but should be sorted by April.  In the Summer I tend to paint, and then it’s back to working inside in the Autumn, with more time spent at the computer.

But I am ready to start publishing the Keim Galaxies. I am also playing about with animations, which I very much enjoy.  So that adds another dimension, especially with the music.  It would be nice to be more creative with the music, but I am just using tracks from copyright free sources right now.  I quite fancy getting out my djembe and experimenting with that and the images, but as always, my mind flies off, and I need to keep focused!

I’ve been a fan of Keim Mineral Paints for many years, and over time, my palette has been leaning heavily towards the traditional and classic colours of mineral and earth pigments. So what a delight to work with them in a different way with digital imagery!

The Keim Galaxies range from the subtle and spontaneous, to the bold and highly ordered. I introduced some obviously geometric elements, but while putting them into play, I also aimed to keep a sense of fluidity where possible. I’ve played with contrasts in line, clarity, shape, pattern, scale, and colour, thereby forming an interesting range of imaginative “Galaxies” I hope you’ll enjoy.

These designs are evidence of beauty expressed through an adventurous, creative, process. They are perfect for interiors which embrace the natural mineral and earth colours. Choosing ecologically friendly paints for exterior and interior decoration will help us towards a sustainable future. These designs will perfectly complement any eco-friendly interior setting where traditional paint colours are utilised. Many of these designs will also work to add a contemporary twist in a historic/heritage setting, due to the harmony of the colour palette.

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images of paint buckets from Keim UK, which were used as the starting material for art/designs. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS.

ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.

The titles of the Keim Galaxies were created through imaginative ingenuity, and were gathered from many sources, including personal memories, music, dance, and the emotions they illicit when viewed. Spirituality, faith, prayer, and joy in life informs all of my visual art working.

I continue working with the Sol-Silicate paints, loving the colours and everything else about them.  It feels good to use eco-friendly, environmentally-friendly paints with traditional colours in a new and innovative way, bringing quite a contemporary twist to the colours which are often to be found in both the interiors and exteriors of heritage buildings.  As with all my paintings, I do work on them for several years before they get shown, so for now the Keim Galaxies at least provide something to show for the time being!

Because there are rather a lot, I will post up at the end of this post rather than in the middle of it.  I have been working on these for many months, so its interesting to see them as a collection.  The image resolution/quality  on this blog is deliberately low, but doesn’t reflect the quality of the original digital images. 

Wonder Video

Follow the link to see my video “Wonder”.

https://vimeo.com/390986014

 

Dwell Time Issue 2

I’m delighted to have been selected for the second “Dwell Time” publication.  This is a great project, and the realisation of a fantastic vision and mission.  I’m delighted to be part of it!

Award winning, not-for-profit arts publication reflecting on mental wellbeing. Produced and curated by Alice Bradshaw, Vanessa Haley & Lenny Szrama in collaboration with Penistone Line Partnership. Founded in 2018. Currently funded by Penistone Line Partnership, ACORP, Northern & CrossCountry.

My contribution:

https://dwelltimepress.wordpress.com/2019/07/31/jenny-meehan-sticky-note-to-my-self/

Which was published online in July 2019, and has been selected for the printed publication.

Here was my own reflection on the work I produced:

 

“This piece is called “Sticky Note to my Self”.  The realities of life are sometimes very hard to bear.  Like printed matter, certain facts stare us in the face, and however hard we try to pull them off, it’s just not possible.  I chose facts about the Penistone line, because of the publication which is part of the Dwell Time project, but this artwork refers to my own significant train journey to London for psychotherapy on a weekly basis for five years.  This sticky note reminds me of my internal journey from one place to another…going in either direction over different units of time.

Thankfully with the right help and support, over the years, the overarching movement is in the direction of health: MOVING and BEING.  I hope this is helpful to you in some way.”

https://dwelltimepress.wordpress.com/

 

Chaiya Art Awards 2020

Drat. While one of my submitted paintings was long listed, and selected in the  106  when it came to finally curating the exhibition it fell out of the loop!

Got this:

“We want to thank you for submitting your creativity to the Chaiya Art Awards on the theme “GOD is … ” We received over 700 entries in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, textiles, photography and video. The quality of submissions was very high and we have chosen 106 works to be longlisted.

Congratulations on successfully making it onto the longlist with Light Touch”

But that is a far as it went!

So easy to happen, but disappointing because I would have loved to have my work in this exhibition.  Being a person of faith and m spirituality being such a prime focus, having work in this kind of exhibition would have been great.  Blurb from the Chaiya Art Awards website:

“How do 50 artists respond to the phrase God is … ?
From over 700 entries, the 50 artists featured, of all faiths and none, in this curated and juried exhibition, invite us to muse with them their experiences through canvas and paper, photographs and video, cloth and stitch; 3D metalwork and pottery; bronze and stone sculpture alongside an interactive robot.
The panel of five judges, all well respected experts in their arts arena, will choose and announce the winner of the £10,000 along with other prizes on Press night. Visitors will also have their say by voting for the artwork on display during the exhibition for the public prize of £1,000.
This exhibition is an invitation to look beyond, to discern what cannot be seen and grasp what cannot be described.
10% of all artwork sold goes to our Charity partner UNSEEN – working to end human trafficking and modern slavery.
EVENT: CHAIYA ART AWARDS 2020 – Winners Exhibition, Affordable Art Fair
DATES: 10 – 19 April 2020
OPEN: 11am – 6pm every day (till 4pm on last day)
VENUE: Gallery@OXO, Bargehouse Street, London, SE1 9PH
Entrance is free. Artwork for sale, prices from £50 – £12,500″

Well, it’s going to be a great exhibition, so I will certainly enjoy looking at what did make the final selection!

 

It’s Time for Keim!

 

So, as promised, here is the collection so far.  I am going to have to move onto some paintings over the Summer, but I get the feeling that like Keim Paints, this experimenting with the colours in this way may well be almost as addictive as painting with the paints!

Just skip over the blurb about licensing… I need to include it!

 

keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration

keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

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CLARITY keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration

CLARITY keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

SPACE INVADER keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration

SPACE INVADER keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me with the image you wish to use. (I can then check it’s size and sometimes even adapt it to your requirements.)  I will later supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liaise with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently. They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it. You can even make your initial enquiry via their online enquiry form; https://dacs.secure.force.com/enquiry/
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration. You can find out more here:  https://www.dacs.org.uk/licensing-works
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

 

 

GOLDEN MOMENT keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration

GOLDEN MOMENT keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

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GOLD RUSH keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration

GOLD RUSH keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

The image resolution/quality  on this blog is deliberately low, but doesn’t reflect the quality of the original digital images. 

 

MELLOW MEDLEY keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration

MELLOW MEDLEY keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

 

CALM CONSTELLATION keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

CALM CONSTELLATION keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

TIGHT SQUEEZE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

TIGHT SQUEEZE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

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EXTRAVAGANZA keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

EXTRAVAGANZA keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

 

PARTY PIECE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

PARTY PIECE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

TIMBRE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

TIMBRE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

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ODD INSCRIPTIONS keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

ODD INSCRIPTIONS keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

 

WOBBLY MOMENT keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

WOBBLY MOMENT keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

UNDERGROWTH keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

UNDERGROWTH keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

FULL CIRCLE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

FULL CIRCLE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

 

 

The image resolution/quality  on this blog is deliberately low, but doesn’t reflect the quality of the original digital images. 

FIRST IMPRESSION keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

FIRST IMPRESSION keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

FREE FORM keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

FREE FORM keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

 

ALL THAT GLITTERS keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

ALL THAT GLITTERS keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

GREEN GATHERING keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

GREEN GATHERING keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

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GREEN GLASSES keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

GREEN GLASSES keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

ALIEN INVASION keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

ALIEN INVASION keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

EXTRAORDINARY keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

EXTRAORDINARY keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

KIND OF COLOSSAL keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

KIND OF COLOSSAL keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

SILICA BLING keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

SILICA BLING keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

THE NEW BLUE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

THE NEW BLUE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

DAEDAL keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

DAEDAL keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

 

The image resolution/quality  on this blog is deliberately low, but doesn’t reflect the quality of the original digital images. 

STARK REALITIES keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

STARK REALITIES keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

BEAUTY BOLT keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

BEAUTY BOLT keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

FREE FALL keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

FREE FALL keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

 

MISSING PIECE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

MISSING PIECE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

CONTAINER keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

CONTAINER keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

TIME WARP keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

TIME WARP keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

POSITIVE ACTION keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

POSITIVE ACTION keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

FAST FORWARD keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

FAST FORWARD keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

NEW HORIZON keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

NEW HORIZON keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

TRIBAL GATHERING keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

TRIBAL GATHERING keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

ROYAL RUBY keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

ROYAL RUBY keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

INDIAN SUMMER keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

INDIAN SUMMER keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

STAR QUALITY keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

STAR QUALITY keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

PURE AND SIMPLE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

PURE AND SIMPLE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

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The image resolution/quality  on this blog is deliberately low, but doesn’t reflect the quality of the original digital images. 

UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

UNFAMILIAR TERRITORY keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

SPLISH SPLASH keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

SPLISH SPLASH keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

BREATHING SPACE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

BREATHING SPACE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

MAGNIFICENT MESH keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

MAGNIFICENT MESH keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

GROOVY GALAXY keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

GROOVY GALAXY keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

QUEEN CONCH keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

QUEEN CONCH keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

INSIDE OUT ONE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

INSIDE OUT ONE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

INSIDE OUT TWO keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

INSIDE OUT TWO keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

GENESIS keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

GENESIS keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

PERFECT MIX keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

PERFECT MIX keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

CONCATENATION keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

CONCATENATION keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

DIHEDRAL DELIGHT keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

DIHEDRAL DELIGHT keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

MARBLED MOMENT keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

MARBLED MOMENT keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

UP BEAT keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

UP BEAT keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

The image resolution/quality  on this blog is deliberately low, but doesn’t reflect the quality of the original digital images. 

 

OUTSTANDING keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

OUTSTANDING keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

PERFECT MATCH keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

PERFECT MATCH keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

BIFID BUCKET keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

BIFID BUCKET keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

STORM IN A PAINT BUCKET keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

STORM IN A PAINT BUCKET keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

POSITIVE VIBE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

POSITIVE VIBE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

SMOOTH TALKING keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

SMOOTH TALKING keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

BALLET BLANC keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

BALLET BLANC keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

COCO LOCO keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

COCO LOCO keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

STRING QUARTET keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

STRING QUARTET keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

CLASSIC ASANA keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

CLASSIC ASANA keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

LEAD LIGHTS keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

LEAD LIGHTS keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

SCORDATURA keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

SCORDATURA keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

The image resolution/quality  on this blog is deliberately low, but doesn’t reflect the quality of the original digital images. 

 

HOT PALAVER keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

HOT PALAVER keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

DREAM CATCHER keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

DREAM CATCHER keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

REFLECTIVE STATE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

REFLECTIVE STATE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

GALACTIC EMPIRE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

GALACTIC EMPIRE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

WIBBLE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

WIBBLE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

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HAPPY COUPLE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

HAPPY COUPLE keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will liase with me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

MYSTERY SONATA keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

MYSTERY SONATA keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

 

AIR WAVES keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

AIR WAVES keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

PSYCHEDELIA keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

PSYCHEDELIA keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

 

The Keim Galaxies were made possible through the kind donation of un-manipulated digital images from Keim UK. PLEASE NOTE; THIS WAS A PROJECT I CARRIED OUT INDEPENDENTLY, IT WAS NOT A COMMISSIONED WORK AND HAS NO FORMAL LINKS WITH KEIM MINERAL PAINTS. ALL COPYRIGHTS ARE OWNED BY JENNY MEEHAN AND IMAGES ARE LICENSABLE VIA DACS (DESIGNER AND ARTISTS COPYRIGHT SOCIETY – MORE INFORMATION BELOW.
Please note; the fee is simply proposed by DACS. I am sometimes, depending on the circumstances, open to negotiation with respect to the fee amount.
In the first instance, contact me me with the image you wish to use.  I will supply the file to you myself, as soon as it is confirmed that the licensing agreement has been put in place.
Note: As said previously; DACS do not supply the digital image itself.  After initially contacting me , you will need to contact DACS with the name of the image, and they will contact me, administrating  the process quickly and efficiently.
They can  explain how it all works, and help you through the process, answering any questions you have if you are not familiar with it.
If you have a tight budget to work to, remember the proposed fee is sometimes negotiable. I appreciate that image licensing costs can be prohibitive for certain projects, and welcome enquiries for consideration.
Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

 

PICTURE PERFECT keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

PICTURE PERFECT keim galaxies jenny meehan abstract pattern contemporary design inspired by Keim mineral paints UK paint colour mixing images for modern interiors and exterior wall decoration © jenny meehan

 

The image resolution/quality  on this blog is deliberately low, but doesn’t reflect the quality of the original digital images. 

 

Redbubble.com and the “Keim Galaxies”

I am gradually posting the Galaxies up onto my portfolio on the print on demand site Redbubble.com.  It’s going to take some time.  Take a look here to see how far I have got.  If you want any particular “Keim Galaxy” up on Redbubble.com sooner rather than later, just contact me via the contact form here on my blog and I can put it up within three days.

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/explore is the best link to take a quick peruse of which designs I have posted up on Redbubble.  This is my MAIN redbubble.com portfolio and the one I post up the “Keim Galaxies” Series. 

 

 

Kingston Artists’ Open Studios

 

I am flagging this annual event up, because time really does fly! We now have the dates for this year’s Kingston Artists’ Open Studios! The 2020 Kingston Artist’s Open Studios with be on June 6/7th and 13/14th! Kingston Upon Thames artists open their homes and studios.  Open to all.  Come and meet us!

More info on the Kingston Artists’ Open Studios website here;  http://www.kingstonartistsopenstudios.co.uk/open-studios/

The catalogue is not out yet, I don’t think, but will be very soon. You can see previous Kingston Artists’ Open Studios Catalogues on the Kingston Artists’ Open Studios website and also sign up to receive more detailed information for this year’s Kingston Artists’ Open Studios when it comes out.  You could sign up to my mailing list by using the contact form on this blog, and I will keep you posted.  I only send out a newsletter once or twice a year.

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) – How to Contact Me

 

Well, that’s it for March!  I need to repair my studio tent now, so I can do some painting!

 

About Jenny Meehan

Jenny Meehan – UK based painter-poet artist-author

Specialism: Geometric and Lyrical Abstraction

Artist Journal: https://jennymeehan.wordpress.com/

Image licensing via DACS Designer and Artists Copyright Society (DACS proposed fees are negotiable contact me in first instance)

https://www.youtube.com/user/jennyjimjams

https://www.instagram.com/jamartlondon_jennymeehan/

 

 

Copyright Information – Jenny Meehan 

Copyright in all images by Jenny Meehan is held by the artist.

Permission must be sought in advance for the reproduction, copying or any other use of any images by Jenny Meehan. Individuals or businesses seeking licences or permission to use, copy or reproduce any image by Jenny Meehan should, in the first instance, contact Jenny Meehan.

Any persons discovered to be reproducing, copying or using images by Jenny Meehan without prior consent, authorisation or permission will be put on notice that Jenny Meehan is the copyright owner and asked to immediately cease and desist the infringing activity. If a satisfactory response and / or compliance is not forthcoming promptly, the matter will be pursued. For clarification of the laws of copyright, please contact the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS). http://www.dacs.org.uk

Copyright for all visual art by Jenny Meehan is managed by the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) in the UK. If you wish to licence a work of art by Jenny Meehan, please contact Jenny Meehan in the first instance to clarify your requirements.

Licencing an image is quick and easy for both parties and is organised through the Design and Artist Copyright Society. It can be done online through their request form:

https://dacs.secure.force.com/enquiry/

For an overview on image licensing on the DACS website, look here.

https://www.dacs.org.uk/licensing-works

Please NOTE: the “Quote” suggested is a proposed fee in line with the industry standard.  While I do stick broadly to the industry standard with respect to fees, I appreciate the need to stick to a budget in publishing, and the quote is a proposed amount. I normally have some flexibility! 

 

DACS will automatically propose a licensing fee in line with the industry standard.  However, please note, this is a negotiable fee. I am happy to be flexible about the initial fee proposed, and it’s not a problem if the initially proposed fee is outside your budget.  Administration of the licensing process is facilitated through DACS, who liaise between us with respect to the exact fee agreed. Depending on circumstances and the nature of your project, I can offer fee reductions for a certain percentage of licensing arrangements.

If you use their online form and attach the low resolution image of my artwork which you have found on the internet, they will know which image you seek permission for. You can also contact me directly in the first instance if you wish to, of course.  Any arrangements will need to be made through the Designer and Artists’ Copyright Society, but I can often offer the opportunity to alter images, for example, putting in different aspect ratios or colourways, so it’s really helpful to communicate with designers and clients first with respect to the actual image required.

So, feel free to contact me if you are looking for a particular type of artwork image, as I have a large archive of images. I will also be able to let you know the maximum size the digital image is available at. If you then wish to licence the artwork image, you would then contact the Design and Artist Copyright Society to arrange the licencing agreement according to your requirements. Once paid and agreed, I then supply the high resolution image directly to you.

Sample Price Guide for book cover image: £350, as below:
For this kind of use:
Distribution: Worldwide all languages
Print run: 5,000 printed copies plus 500 e-books
Proposed licensing fee: £270 +vat
This was below the proposed licencing fee initially suggested to the client by DACS, which was (in that year) £382 +vat, but I had a personal interest in the project therefore was happy to reduce the fee accordingly.
I request three complimentary copies of the book for myself, but I make no fee for the supply of the image.
My images can be licensed for use easily and quickly.  DACS have price lists on their website for different types of use, which should be used only a guide for a proposed fee.  It’s a starting point. I can normally be flexible.

 

 

©jenny meehan grave yard glimmers mosaic and accompanying poem jenny meehan

grave yard glimmers mosaic and accompanying poem jenny meehan ©jenny meehan

 

 

The Grave Yard Glimmers

 

Under grey ground

my shattered self, recovered

crept gentle, back to the moment

when

a younger me-child

within

Summer holiday sunshine

discovered

picking, glass, stones, off graves

was an open treasure chest.

Even while the body laid low…

sighing with relief…

anticipating release…

for each passing moment.

 

Simple time steps.

One strand of self to

reflect

back to me.

 

Porous ceramic spreads moisture

Yet only a shadow

touches

meeting edges

I am sorry that I left, and still sometimes leave

these parts of me behind.

 

Much later,  my rape was a vacation of another kind.

 

I hover, momentarily, over my body

unable to take in, even in  consciousness

the un-do- able

which was done.

 

It takes years to cry.

And bodies lie under the floor

even in houses.

 

Light still

makes glimmers

Glimmers in eyes

meeting.

Glimmers in finding

pieces

all broken

but beautiful.

 

l hold hope, for you

my friend, and myself

on dream-like, flattened

slates… to write all over

a past story, a new one…

 

We wash the silver ore, and smelt it

in the smiles of those we love.

 

Jenny Meehan

August 2018

 

 

Looking forward to working with mosaic in November, tutored by Vanessa Benson, whose inspirational course at West Dean College this year has kicked me off in this direction!

Realising my poetry and all the visual work I do are inseparable.  Well, I knew this already, but now I know it more.  Also, I will always be a materials orientated artist.  One who handles my own materials.

The most annoying saying “Everyone is an artist”.  Is everyone a plumber too?  The role of an artist has a broad skill set attached.

Everyone is innately creative, yes, but everyone is not an artist.  I hate walking past Cass Art and seeing the motto… it’s something like “Let’s fill this town with artists”.  Sounds like a nightmare to me.  Do you want a town filled with artists?   Would be quite a poor town, for a start! But it would, of course, be ideal for the local art shop!!! At least they are honest!

I was reading recently that a survey found most artists earn between £1,000 and £5,000 a year. That sounds about right.  I kind of felt relieved on reading it.  It is hard when you live in a world where finance reflects value.  I know I am doing what I should be doing in life, and feel extremely grateful, that finally, after years of waiting, I am able to work at the work which feels most natural to me.  It’s not to be taken for granted.  But it isn’t a “job” in the proper sense. And all the other work I have done in the past is very relevant, and has been valuable in many different respects.  It’s made me who I am.  I wasn’t unhappy in the work I previously did.  Just not quite so fulfilled. But there are many aspect to being fulfilled in life, and there were parts of me which probably developed, in a good way, which I might have avoided, if I was art working then.   Discipline is important. For an artist, if you have not got it, you cannot be productive, I don’t think.  Getting up each morning to do what you must, is part of every occupation, and we don’t always feel like it!

And now, I cannot rely on a “job” to define who I am.  It’s sometimes challenging.  Like being a mother, I guess.  The key thing is, I think, not to confuse status or money with value. It’s always a challenge! What I do does pay for itself.   Sometimes I feel discouraged, but it’s only passing.  Thankfully enough good things happen to keep me motivated!

 

 

Thelma Narrative Series

My Thelma sculpture project was in 2014 and it is now 2018!   In truth, the project is not finished, because I got a mould made of the essential base of Thelma and intend to make some plaster versions in order to experiment further.  Indeed, I will.  Yet for now, here are the images with text, which does seem to have a degree of being a complete work.  The actual wax sculpture is in a box in my cupboard, and now and again I pick bits off it and add bits on!  It is one figure, which I moved through a series of transformations without thinking about concepts  in a conscious way.

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ONEthelma psychodynamic jenny meehan personal development psychotherapy and art relationship investigation psychoanalytic visual experimentation THELMA ONE

 

thelma psychodynamic jenny meehan personal development psychotherapy and art relationship investigation psychoanalytic visual experimentation

thelma psychodynamic jenny meehan personal development psychotherapy and art relationship investigation psychoanalytic visual experimentation THELMA TWO

 

thelma psychodynamic jenny meehan personal development psychotherapy and art relationship investigation psychoanalytic visual experimentation

thelma psychodynamic jenny meehan personal development psychotherapy and art relationship investigation psychoanalytic visual experimentation THELMA THREE

 

 

 

thelma psychodynamic jenny meehan personal development psychotherapy and art relationship investigation psychoanalytic visual experimentation

thelma psychodynamic jenny meehan personal development psychotherapy and art relationship investigation psychoanalytic visual experimentation THELMA FOUR

 

 

 

thelma psychodynamic jenny meehan personal development psychotherapy and art relationship investigation psychoanalytic visual experimentation

thelma psychodynamic jenny meehan personal development psychotherapy and art relationship investigation psychoanalytic visual experimentation THELMA FIVE

 

thelma psychodynamic jenny meehan personal development psychotherapy and art relationship investigation psychoanalytic visual experimentation

thelma psychodynamic jenny meehan personal development psychotherapy and art relationship investigation psychoanalytic visual experimentation THELMA SIX

 

This is probably my favourite in the series…It’s the one I associate with the ongoing process of participating in psychotherapy!  Hard work, at times,  yes,  but something which can be a tool in bringing freedom from the negative consequences of violence, abuse, and trauma.  This time I spend in therapy is an investment I choose because I value self reflection so much.  Participation in Psychotherapy can be viewed two ways.  One, is that of being a practice of WELLNESS…Which for me, it now is, thankfully. (Mostly)  It’s like going to the gym to keep fit.  (Mostly, not always! Sometimes it’s painful and hard! Still challenging, still uncomfortable. Always will be! )

I find it very harmonious with being an artist, and working in the way that I do with other people with mentoring/spiritual direction/teaching art.  The other way that psychotherapy can be viewed might be summed up with “Gosh, they must be very screwed up to need therapy” maybe?  It is the idea that someone would only participate in psychotherapy if they really had to, because it wasn’t possible to carry on without it.  Because why would they want to do take part in something like that otherwise?  Well, I do understand that perspective.

Personally, I did start my psychoanalytic journey in a very distressing place, and I knew it was what I needed, and things were often very alarming and extremely difficult.  So it wasn’t optional in any sense in 2011.  Yet my journey, and the experience gained from working with a very good therapist, has been so valuable and positive, it seems needless not to carry on with it, as long as it bears fruit, which it does.  I do review it from time to time, but so far, I reach the same conclusion, which is why stop for the sake of stopping?  It might be different if I was not an artist, but it’s become part of the process of my artistic creating, and it’s so useful, even for that, even apart from the other benefits.

It feels like pulling a net through my own depths, pulling it along the sea bed.  It’s an effort, but somehow drawing deep in myself in this way produces a lot of goodness.  Life is vastly improved, and I feel so much more alive than I ever used to be.  So the effort is definitely worth it for me.

Thoughts on the sculpture…

Difficulty of wading forwards… Trolling is a method of fishing….  There is a huge sense of continuity and flow, in this one, with metal outside of the figure clearly relating to the which goes through it’s core.  Through the waters of my mind, in the psychoanalytic work I am doing.  Found this, it’s helpful..

Bodies of Water and the Unconscious
Often in dreams, large bodies of water (oceans, lakes, pools) symbolize the unconscious. As with bodies of water, we often see the surface, but cannot easily see into the depths.

Also, the vastness of the ocean symbolizes the vastness of the unconscious mind. Jung observed long ago that the unconscious mind was much vaster than the conscious portion. His insight has been confirmed by fascinating developments in neuroscience, where new technologies, such as particularly sophisticated MRIs have enabled brain scientists to see that the unconscious processes in the brain dwarf the conscious mind in magnitude.

In those regions of the brain/mind lies the meaning of dreams. Jungian therapy is always aware that, for each of us, much goes on in the depths of those oceanic waters…”  quoted from https://www.briancollinson.ca/index.php/2012/11/jungian-therapy-the-meaning-of-dreams-5-water.html

 

WOW!  The unconscious mind….

Oceanic Waters!

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thelma psychodynamic jenny meehan personal development psychotherapy and art relationship investigation psychoanalytic visual experimentation THELMA SEVEN

 

Must be the faith aspect coming through in this one!

 

 

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thelma psychodynamic jenny meehan personal development psychotherapy and art relationship investigation psychoanalytic visual experimentation   THELMA EIGHT

No doubt some  theme of healing…  And in this one, a mould was made, and the body cast in plaster.

 

Interesting looking back at these.  Rather funny that I depicted my right thigh with what looks like a strip of metal along it.  This was before my knee replacement and before I was having problems with my walking!   Plaster for me is evocative of healing and holding, and showing this  liquid flow over the now plaster form, is something I like a lot.  The flow may be static in that the plaster is set,  but it is suggestive of flow and continuity by it’s very shape, and the meeting point between those forms of underlying form and dripped plaster brings some awareness of touch and being touched to my mind.  As the final figure is the model cast, it’s a new creation but still intimately related to the former figure in brown wax.   I will continue working with this, and post up soon.

 

So this is September…OOOps… Late again, October!

 

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

 

Painting “Upper Room” by Jenny Meehan 70 x 50cm   This is available, contact me if interested.  Use contact form on my personal website jamartlondon.com  http://www.jamartlondon.com/

Direct link to contact page; http://www.jamartlondon.com/contact/4569980742

Bit about my painting…

About Jenny Meehan’s Paintings

My process led painting…romantic, expressionistic, abstract and lyrical, is simply the result of my own contemplative practice, which I work through in many ways. Let by instinct and intuition, inspired by my own life experiences, and several much loved artists, including Klee, Hitchens, Claude Venard, Matisse and Kandinsky, it provides the ground for the viewer’s own interpretations and responses, and will be whatever you want it to be. My own titles reflect my own interpretation/,sense of meaning, but the beauty and openness of non objective painting allows you a place in the process exclusively yours!

The image doesn’t show the extent to which texture, and various surface finishes are used in the painting, for example, I use tiny glass beads for their effects on light hitting the surface of the painting. Maybe they could be seen as a dance of light and colour? Certainly, as the light in the day changes, the appearance of the painting changes considerably, with different parts being emphasised and other parts sinking into the background. This painting is one which responds, and I hope you get pleasure from viewing it! See more at http://www.jamartlondon.com

 

 

 

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images©jenny meehan

 

Boat House, Monotype. ©jenny meehan

Sometimes the simplest of things can give pleasure.  I am looking at this one at the moment, particularly as I think about how I will approach working with mosaic in November.  I think to start with some kind  of simple forms, rectangular, square, maybe a good start.  I don’t see myself going into the pictorial.  I suspect I will need to seriously spend time considering the materials I use.  They will suggest a way forwards, I am sure.  And I want to make more effort with this linkage between my poetry and visual expression. I think that’s key for me.

 

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images©jenny meehan

Icy Landscape ©jenny meehan

A major theme of my work is recovery from trauma.  The subject of an internal landscape dominates my creative practice.  Tiny glass beads are used in the above painting and they catch the light, transforming the appearance of the work at different times of the day.

 

“Eternal” Painting by Jenny Meehan

 

 

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images©jenny meehan

Eternal by Jenny Meehan ©jenny meehan

This is one of my paintings which has been licensed for use as a book cover. The cover designer was Alison Beek.   I really like my paintings being used in this way, and it is a small source of income which helps sustain my artistic practice, so it’s very much valued.

https://wordery.com/quiet-spaces-prayer-journal-mrs-olivia-warburton-9780857465245?currency=GBP&gtrck=S2Z1YnlZVlZsTTV6K1BVYkdyNERsL2JwTWhWcHA3dnM5bERaeTRueE1KNndyem4vbG5ENFJSV2tycFVKK0tnUHpISjRLNFJMY2hnaWJHb2hMMGg4UlE9PQ&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIyLOtiOTn3QIVROd3Ch13IwVCEAQYAyABEgJmVPD_BwE

Finding God in all things, hearing God’s voice for ourselves and others…the Quiet Spaces Prayer Journal will help you to develop and maintain a life of creative prayer. With space to write, quotations drawn from Christian tradition and BRF’s Quiet Spaces publication to aid reflection, this is ideal to buy for yourself or as a gift for anyone wanting to deepen their prayer life. It features quotations to inspire, allowing plenty of space to write.

Quiet Spaces Prayer Journal Spiral bound edition by Mrs Olivia Warburton”

Edited by Mrs Olivia Warburton ISBN-139780857465245Format Spiral bound, Publisher BRF (The Bible Reading Fellowship) Publication date23 Sep 2016Pages192Product dimensions 150 x 210 x 14mm E Weight338g

Quiet Spaces is BRF’s prayer and spirituality journal. Published three times a year, each edition journeys through up to nine themes drawn from the Bible, spiritual writers, the natural world, the lives of Christians from across the centuries or from Christian spiritual traditions. Each theme is explored in twelve prayerful ways using creative activities, your personal faith experience, poetry, liturgy, reflection, imagining and meditation, helping you into a heart encounter with God. Ideal both for those who have discovered the benefits of reflection, meditation and contemplation and are looking for a resource to guide their periods of quiet and for people coming to reflection and meditation for the first time.”

 

I use my own copy!

 

This months post is September and October combined! It’s my aim to write a bit less on my journal each month and work more on my poetry.  As I mentioned at the beginning, a brilliant course on mosaic at West Dean college tutored by Vanessa Benson has provided some interesting routes in using mosaic, and along with my other ongoing experiments with silica sol mineral paint I want to immerse myself more in silence and music and poetry than longer blog entries.  And drumming too.  I am loving my djembe, and enjoying learning some traditional West African patterns.

I think I may have exhausted my writing capacity a little bit when writing “The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story by Jenny Meehan” last year!  By the way, the knee is working wonderfully.  It’s an “Attune” knee.  I am no longer disabled and able to live a full life. I am so grateful for the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre, and the NHS.  My life would be quite different without such a positive experience.

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west dean college short course jenny meehan flora and foliage images© Jenny Meehan

 

Really enjoying these…

http://openchurch.network/chalketalk

That’s me for now!

Do take a look at my website. http://www.jamartlondon.com/

I will be updating it over December.  I have a lot more work than I can show on the internet.

 

 

 

 

This is not the right time of year for writing blogs…

The sun is so hot, and so good at drying paint! (More on that later!)

I have a lot of work in progress… As always!

There are masses of flies in the studio tent, but thankfully they do leave when I come in and work in there.

Not much sign of snails in there even, except in a few damp crevices!

And I have now realised that I do get sun burnt even when inside the tent… translucent tarpaulin is not great at keeping UV rays off the skin!

(Update..And now in August…The rain has come! Much easier to work now!)

 

I am going to keep this months journal entry short, but have to say…

Congratulations NHS!  On your 70th year!  When posting this journal, finally….It’s a long way back.

Thursday 5 July 2018…

And without the NHS I wouldn’t be able to walk or stand as I need to…

It’s freed me to paint and work, and I am grateful every day I wake up with a working knee!

I can carry things, move work around, paint big paintings, and have big dreams.  Before my knee replacement my whole life was starting to run into a funnel, with a very narrow spout!

I’m not going to post lots of images of paintings in progress… I really have far too many and it would become quite pointless.

Because I work in such a piecemeal way, I have to work more on relinquishing the work when it is in progress, rather than tracking it.

I find this more helpful to my self.

It’s an odd way of working.  But I think its about picking up pieces.  And I have so many pieces.  Picked up and put down.  Not normally advised as a good way to work.  For for the abstract painting process it works very well for me.  This also applies to my many notebooks, reading and research.  It’s a constant process of losing and finding things. And unexpected relationships occurring.  With a lot of contemplation in between.

I have toyed with the idea of revealing what I am up to with my work, as it happens, but I need the energy brewing inside with the pressure which comes when something hasn’t been released into the world.  It feels like the minute something is published, it’s partly let go, somehow.  I don’t mind putting the occasional piece of work on here from time to time, but that’s enough.   It feels much better to publish images which I know have stood the test of time.  They have proven themselves able to stand on their own two feet.  Paintings with feet. Now, that’s a thought…

 

 

VOC’s  and painting large abstract paintings in the VERY hot sun

I am very much loving the sol-silicate paint I use from Keim Paints.

It’s AMAZING… and as I am working outside in the very hot sun, it is also very healthy!

I do wear gloves if I know I am going to be handling a lot of paint, because it is very alkaline.

It’s drying quick…I use Soldalit.

Very fine brushes are best, I find, but rollers can be useful.

The light bounces off the matt surface beautifully.

It’s a JOY!

keim soldalit sol silicate paint hand mixing up colours for use in fine art abstract paintings by jenny meehan

keim soldalit sol silicate paint hand mixing up colours for use in fine art abstract paintings by jenny meehan

It takes hours to make many pots of paint ready for a painting session.  Well worth it though!  I love this paint. It’s heaven!

I first started using Keim mineral paints a few years back.

I do use acrylic paints too, but I wouldn’t use large amounts in the sun anymore.

I did do this a couple of years back…

I could smell the fumes coming off the surface of the paint in the hot weather, and thought to myself, “NO, no NO!”  This isn’t good for me.

As I have to paint large scale out of doors, and very hot days ARE quite handy when drying paint matters, having paint to use where I don’t need to worry about what I am inhaling is just GREAT!

I don’t paint if the temperature is more than 30ºC, as per instructions… and find painting in the morning and evening essential at the moment because it is so very hot.

“Important Note – Materials must not be
applied at temperatures below 5ºC nor those
in excess of 30ºC, nor if it is raining, or if there
is an immediate likelihood of rain”

There certainly are no worries about an “immediate likelihood of rain” at the moment.  (PS  written before the rain came!  In the end, there were a good few days above 30% too!)

I do remember having to be very careful when painting my exterior mural all those years back, and needed to hang bubble wrap over the entire surface to protect it from rain!

I am painting on grey board…it is absorbent, and I thought I would need to use some fixative for the first layer, but I forgot to get some.  It is indicated, but as the area is so small (compared to what it would be if painting a large wall) I am managing without it.  I wish I had got some in order to make the paint layers a bit thinner, but with a fine brush and quick spreading I am getting away without it.

The grey board varies in thickness.  It is a little bit flexible, so not quite the rigid surface required but I don’t mind experimenting…It will most likely crack if bent, but I am not planning on bending it.  And I am currently experimenting on some flexible surfaces with the intention of cracking the paint layer.  So in some pieces I play things safer, using what I know of the materials I work with in order to produce a more predictable result.  And in other pieces I am jumping out, breaking the rules of the usual application of the Keim mineral paint, and enjoying the fact that, as I am not using the materials with the requirements of a building application to be met.

I spent a great deal of time mixing up the colours with the selection of Keim mineral paints I have available.  And now I need to move forwards at quite a rapid pace, because they won’t last forever…Their shelf life is stated as being 12 months.  I have found this varies a lot (and for my purposes, can be several more years, as long as stored carefully)  but once I have mixed up the colours, I guess maybe because of air and some evaporation, I need to commit to some steady application!

I love these paints so much…

Yes, all types of paint have their qualities, but it’s so nice to use paint which is healthy and environmentally sound.  VISUALLY it is pure as pure can be.  None of the plastic quality of acrylic paint.

Yes, acrylics can do many things well…I have not thrown mine out.  But I won’t be using mine in the hot sun again for certain.

But working with the Keim Mineral Paints is fantastic.

When I come to wash out the brushes or whatever, I tip the painty water on the garden.  Don’t need to put anything into the water system.  I am not sure if this is good for the garden but the plants seem happy enough… No complaints as yet!

If there are thicker paint layers in containers, it’s just a matter of letting it set and chipping it out.  That goes on the garden too.

I am also experimenting with the Keim Mineral paint in many other ways, which will no doubt seep out as time progresses!

keim soldalit sol silicate paint initial layer of painting fine art abstract paintings by jenny meehan silicate mineral paint third generation keim

keim soldalit sol silicate paint initial layer of painting fine art abstract paintings by jenny meehan

Above an example of the early stages of one of my paintings.  I am seriously into circles and squares at the moment.  Rests and motion, drums, drum beats, sound, filling space, boundaries, edges, meetings, ….That’s the poem.

 

 

Volatile organic compounds and why it’s worth being aware of them

For those not familiar with the term VOC, paints used in the home contain ­potentially harmful chemicals such as ­solvents and volatile organic compounds (VOCs),  and when paint dries, these chemicals evaporate into the air where the hapless artist or decorator  inhales their toxic fumes. This is true for both water based (acrylic emulsions) and solvent or oil based paints.  Inhaling paint fumes can exacerbate asthma and ­sinusitis, and because the solvents are absorbed into the lungs, then the blood stream, they can lead to headaches and dizziness.

I have experienced this myself when working with oil paints indoors on a hot day.  I keep my use of oil paints for cooler days, in a well ventilated area, and not on a very large format, where possible. Though I do confess to liking the smell of turps, I also realise that the fresher the air the healthier is my breathing!  It’s worth being aware that when VOCs are inhaled, they can cause eye, nose and throat ­irritation. In large quantities, ­animal ­studies have linked these chemicals to birth defects, cancers and damage to the central nervous system.

Oh er…

So best to breath fresh air!

According to the World Health Organisation, professional painters are most at risk, for they have a 20 per cent increased risk of a range of ­cancers, particularly lung cancer.

That’s a big percentage increase.

So anyone using larger amounts of paint, regularly, on bigger surface areas, needs to consider VOCs and the effect on their health.

There is even a  ­neurological condition brought on by long-term exposure to paint solvents — ‘painter’s dementia’, which I guess isn’t that surprising.  The World Health Organisation has also concerns about the long-term health effects of ‘off ­gassing’.  Off gassing is  the release of vapours over the life of the paint. (ie when it is on your walls).

If you do use a large quantities of paint as an artist, then it’s worth using it as safely as possible.  AND disposing of your paint responsibly.

Keim Mineral paints have given me the freedom I need as an artist to experiment with paint in large quantities, but free from any concerns of impacting the environment, or myself or other people, in a negative way.

If you are using large amounts of oil or acrylic paint, on a regular basis,  then consider using a respirator mask if you want to be keeping your air as fresh as you can, and work in a well ventilated area, taking regular breaks.

Healthy is important.

Now I can walk well with my new knee, I am pleased to say that I incorporated walking into my efforts for a healthy lifestyle.

Still eating a bit too much sugar!

 

Looking backwards in order to move forwards

 

internal landscape jenny meehan representational original fine painting landscape jenny meehan expressionist

the river within jenny meehan ©jenny meehan

I spend a fair amount of time looking backwards at previous art work. I find it essential.  As well as looking forwards, into all the ideas I have.  But the ideas of the future have no roots, and the past is well rooted.  So I need both to work for me well.  Constantly I find myself filled with ideas which could happen in the future.  But I also find myself finding some ground to stand on in work I have done in the past.  I normally don’t realise where I am going at all with my painting unless I regularly look back, and then I see, like an old friend, a painting waving at me and saying… “See…  this mattered to you then and now it matters to you again!”

So when I found this one, (above)  “The River Within” (quite early…around 2010, I think) I realised another strand…

KAOS open studios jenny meehan paintings

KAOS open studios jenny meehan paintings

This river business, with arc, is quite clearly something which is going to stay with me.  It’s popping up all over the place.  For myself, the significance of water is life. This feeds into my faith and belief as a Christian and follower of Christ, and should most accurately be read as an expression of that in most of my work.  If someone wants to “read” the “meaning” of my painting in that way.  Hopefully little things I write and say don’t detract from the poetry of the work which is my deepest motivation in creating it.  Water as spiritual life, flowing from the Creator of all, and manifest through the sacramental incarnation of Christ in the world.  Quite a mouthful!

However, for those of you from different faith and spiritual traditions or none, I also, as I play with various concepts in my thinking and enjoy researching many dimensions of things I encounter in life, explore many other angles on the symbolic elements I experiment in my work and all of them add something very great to the whole process, and open many interesting avenues, all resonating in a meaningful way. All faith traditions have many areas of overlap and unity, and it’s vital to appreciate these, share them, and respect differences, accepting the other/s, in the way we would wish to be accepted ourselves.  Love is the most important thing in life.  Love God and love others as yourself.  And communicating viewpoints with respect and peace.

Other Christian people may enjoy the way my faith is centred and rooted, and resonates with their own faith experience, and maybe recognise some themes in my painting practice  which stem from my belief system.  But I don’t tend to describe myself as a “Christian Artist”.  This is mainly because I am not attempting to convey a scriptural narrative or assert my work as specifically Christian, ie for Christians or for a Christian context.  Who I am as a person is intimately connected with my work, but the complexity of a human individual goes far beyond their religious tradition and identity within that.  All kinds of things have shaped my life. And while how my faith religious beliefs shape it is of interest to many, there are many other people who don’t find this dimension of my work of any interest to them.  I paint for myself and, for all who are interested in my work, for whatever reason.  For the purposes of search engines, then it’s common sense to use keywords which include Christian, because many Christians do seek out artwork created by others who share the same faith.  But it is my hope that this doesn’t ever prove a barrier to accessing or appreciating what I do. I am sure many other artists from different faith traditions and belief systems feel the same way.  Art is always there with the aim of opening eyes to new ways of seeing and experiencing the world.  New perspectives tend to enrich life, widening and extending the borders of what we had previously embraced.

Ooops, meandering and slightly digressing again!  Water, and many other concepts and ideas around it, have a long term thread through my visual art practice.  My contemplative practice and the research I do all feed into my painting and help steer the direction of it.

 

How to pray when we don’t want to pray

I found this very useful…See below, the writing in italics. This was published in Formed by the Spirit, The Newsletter of the Southwark
Diocesan Spiritual Formation Group; Opportunities, events, resources and articles on prayer and spirituality Issue 27: February 2016. It is written by Chris Chapman.

How to pray when we don’t want to pray
There are times when we don’t want to pray. We find that we are too busy to stop – but somewhere recognise that our activity is a way of avoiding the pain of silence where we might meet our own raw emotions or unresolved history.
Underneath all, we might not be sure we can trust this God with what matters to us most. We don’t want an answer that isn’t our answer
Or perhaps we are fed up with sitting there in the place of prayer and not getting anywhere. For all our efforts we remain distracted and restless, so far from the place of peace and understanding we desire.

How to begin to pray when we don’t want to pray? Here are some suggestions:

1] Begin from where you are and how you are: So, perhaps your prayer starts ‘I am sitting here unwillingly’ or…’I am not able to trust you’ or …’I am angry with you’…or ’I wonder whether you really care about me’…or ’I am afraid of what you want from me’.

2] Acknowledge that part of you that doesn’t want to pray…look without judgement at this side of your being. Now seek out that part of you that does feel drawn to pray: a sense of invitation that arises somewhere from within, an impulse that comes not as an ‘ought’ but as a longing that perhaps you are not used to listening to. Listen to that desire now.

3] When are you most relaxed: walking, cooking, gardening, knitting, or losing yourself in a book? Imagine yourself sharing this time with God. You are not so much looking at each other face to face as being side by side, comfortably sharing the experience. Perhaps some words flow one way or another, but being alongside might be enough of a beginning.

4] Let go of trying too hard. So, rather than summoning up your concentration, fighting distractions that come, or trying to squeeze wisdom from bible verse that mean little to you…relax. Prayer does begin with intention, and with choosing to place ourselves in a listening, attentive place, but the rest belongs to God. Leave what comes or does not come from your time of prayer with God. Everything is gift.

5] Use you body to help you to pray. Hold you hands closed to make fists. What is held inside there…feelings, experiences, repetitive worries or thoughts? Now open your hands and turn them palm upwards. All those things are still with you but now there is air around them…now you are open to God who cares about you and about what you carry. Keeping your palms open, turn them so they face down. Now you allow what you carry inside to fall away.

6] Be present: When we step into the present moment we also step into the ‘always’ of God. Look up from your work desk and watch the moving clouds. Open your window in the early morning and listen to birdsong. As the sun gathers strength enjoy its warmth on your back. Give thanks for what you receive in that moment.”

All very helpful!

 

 

In the garden

I am spending a lot of time in the garden right now.  It is the largest area I have for painting in and so when the weather is good painting weather it is a priority for me to be there.

I enjoy gardening too.

Here are a couple of poems I wrote inspired by the beauty of creation.

January

to merge – climb – burst forth
written forms vibrate each shoot
trees majestic stand

(Jenny Meehan copyright 2009)

Blossom and Bamboo

curved tips arching low
in stillness dips light-flecked wish
white blossom pleads pink

(Jenny Meehan copyright 2009)

 

Blossom, Bamboo, and Branches all feature in my visual art quite regularly.  Here are a few examples:

 

oriental blossom, image flower abstract, orange graphic blossom, japanese style flower image, jenny meehan jamartlondon, abstract flower

oriental blossom by Jenny Meehan © Jenny Meehan.

 

and a more recent monotype.  I used cut paper, ink and rollers to create the art work below:

bamboo blowing monotype jenny meehan, blue yellow white abstract bamboo, bamboo print art buy,bamboo graphic print meehan,

bamboo blowing monotype jenny meehan

© Jenny Meehan.

 

bamboo wind figure, figure drawing bamboo, jenny meehan art, crouched human figure in wind,

jenny meehan drawing painting uk ©jenny meehan

“Crouched and Facing Bamboo in Light and Shadow”  is an experiment with the shadow of the bamboo in my garden and a drawing of a crouched figure.  It’s still in progress as I am not 100% happy with it, but it has potential.  It’s expressive of struggle, pain, pressing forwards.

Bamboo is VERY useful!

I have a lot in my garden.   It makes very good paint mixing sticks.  It makes useful paintbrush holders.  And it is great for hanging things on.  I love looking at it blowing in the wind.  It’s so strong, and yet bends.  It is spreading year by year.  So I think I need to think up some other uses for it.  I did make some bamboo pens, which worked quite well.

I have a tree in the garden with blossom.  The blossom is beautiful, but delicate, and it does not last very long.  It’s fragile and white. The wind takes it and scatters it like snow. It looks just like snow when its falling.

The London Plane Tree at the front of the house is another source of interest and inspiration .  I’ve moved computers recently and cannot locate the full image digital file, but the purple picture on the top right is “Notation” which is based on an image of the London Plane Tree.  And the blue image on the left is the base image I think.  I took many, so not sure exactly but it looks like it.    I do have extensive archives on hard drives and could locate the image quite quickly but I am so behind on so much I cannot be bothered to do this right now.

Take a look on redbubble.com at the fabric design I created from one of my images of the London Plane outside my house:

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/works/14956416-london-plane-lacewood-tree-pattern-design-by-jenny-meehan?c=389187-jenny-meehan-surface-pattern-and-clothing-designs

And the Fatsia in the front garden…

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/works/14960095-fatsia-japonica-abstract-design-by-jenny-meehan?p=art-print&size=x_large

 

I also have many photographs of blossom, which I focused on one Spring;

jenny meehan jamartlondon.com photography,great white cherry blossom, black and white image tree blossom, blossom flowers close up,great white cherry photograph image,

jenny meehan jamartlondon.com photography ©jenny meehan

 

jenny meehan jamartlondon.com photography,great white cherry blossom, black and white image tree blossom, blossom flowers close up,great white cherry photograph image,

jenny meehan jamartlondon.com photography ©jenny meehan

 

jenny meehan jamartlondon.com photography, great white cherry blossom, black and white image tree blossom, blossom flowers close up,great white cherry photograph image,

jenny meehan jamartlondon.com photography ©jenny meehan

 

I tend to use ice, glass, frost, snowflakes as metaphors for trauma, and the way that blossom, though soft and beautiful,  looks like snow when it is falling, fascinates me.  Falling snow melts, and snowflakes are beautiful, things can viewed as  one thing soft, and alive, or conversely hard, sharp, painful.  Falling implies surrender, even death.  Healing from trauma when it happens is trans formative.  It changes the way things are seen and experienced.

 

Just a few here shown.  But blossom and bamboo continue to inspire me!

Some information from Wikipedia;

“In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, an aspect of Japanese cultural tradition that is often associated with Buddhist influence, and which is embodied in the concept of  mono no aware.  The association of the cherry blossom with mono no aware dates back to 18th-century scholar Motoori Norinaga.[11] The transience of the blossoms, the extreme beauty and quick death, has often been associated with mortality;  for this reason, cherry blossoms are richly symbolic, and have been utilized often in Japanese art, manga, anime, and film, as well as at musical performances for ambient effect”

and

“Mono no aware (もののあはれ?), literally “the pathos of things”, and also translated as “an empathy toward things”, or “a sensitivity to ephemera”, is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence (無常 mujō?), or transience of things, and both a transient gentle sadness (or wistfulness) at their passing as well as a longer, deeper gentle sadness about this state being the reality of life.”

Mono no aware…  How beautiful…

Redbubble.com

I really need to put some more of my artwork on Redbubble, but never seem to get around to it.

I get a small royalty when someone buys merchandise on the site with my design on it.

 

http://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/works/16697304-new-era-geometric-abstract-rainbow-colours-design-by-jenny-meehan

chakra colours, yoga design, multicoloured, yoga products, geometric abstract design products to buy, new era rainbow coloured abstract design by jenny meehan

new era rainbow coloured abstract design by jenny meehan ©jenny meehan

Please note, all my images are copyrighted and should not be used without permission under any circumstances.

If you wish to obtain a license to use a work of art by Jenny Meehan, please contact Jenny Meehan in the first instance to clarify your requirements.

This is quick and easy for both parties and is organised either directly with the artist or through a collective management organisation; DACS, depending on nature of use.

 

Good Quote:

“Shortcomings, both real and imagined, when deeply seen and accepted, are an important part of the transformative process of learning to let go. If we do not let go of the need to be perfect, our need to be perfect will get in our way. Likewise, if we do not let go of our fear of failing, our fear of failing will get in the way. But as we learn to let go of the need to be perfect and the fear of failure, the intimate, earthy stuff of being a vulnerable, loving human being begins to shine through. In an ongoing process of learning to let go we bear witness to the great truth that the master limps. The mastery of life is intermingled with the ongoing weaknesses and limitions that gives life its rich and many layered texture and meaning.”
Copyright © 2013 Dr. James Finleyhttp://contemplativeway.org/newsletter/contemplativeliving.cfm

 

Langstone Harbour – The Tide Comes In

This painting is one from the past, but still available to buy if anyone would like it.  It is a rarity in my work, as it was painted outside, as you can see from this image.

sea scape painting langstone harbour painting by jenny meehan

langstone harbour painting by jenny meehan

Langstone Harbour lies between Portsmouth Harbour to the west, and Chichester Harbour to the east. It is a tranquil and beautiful place, the heart of a dynamic urban area, and a vital part of an extensive biological system.

The harbour is home for charter fishing boats and commercial fishermen, and hosts two commercial aggregate wharves. Many recreational activities including yachting, canoeing and windsurfing are also well established in its sheltered waters.

Langstone Harbour is recognised internationally for its importance for nature conservation, and is a haven for aquatic wildlife and a myriad of bird species.

The Langstone Harbour Board works to ensure the harbour remains a safe place for work and leisure, as well as an area rich in plant and animal life.   Quoted from the http://www.langstoneharbour.org.uk/

I love water and water appears time after time in my work. As said before!   This painting was a very immersive experience, and as the tide came in, my feet did get wet!  The canvas blew off a couple of times too!  It started off with a very blue sky and then the weather changed for the worse, but I kept some blue in there!

 

Jenny Meehan, of the mud flats at Langstone Harbour 2009

 

Well, better late than never, this post, originally for July, will have to suffice for August as well!

 

I sell my paintings when no longer needed for study and exhibition purposes.  At between £200 and £500 only, they are very good value indeed.  For a high quality original abstract painting, you may need to look quite a long way for something in this price bracket.  I sell my original paintings to enable me to continue to invest my time and effort into the painting endeavour.  Developing my work, materials, research and study all involve time and money.  It’s a matter of passion in the end.  Any support is welcome and appreciated.  Please contact me via my contact page on my website jamartlondon.com if my painting practice interests you and you are looking for high quality contemporary abstract painting by British female artists.   I also have extensive archives of my paintings and photography which can be licensed quickly and easily through DACS.

 

 

Victoria Miro Trip – Surface Work Exhibition

 

A quick shimmy around some of the paintings on show!

 

victoria miro surface works visit 2018 jenny meehan british contemporary lyrical abstraction abstract expressionist romantic painter artist non representational british female painter artist london

victoria miro surface works visit 2018

 

victoria miro surface works visit 2018 jenny meehan british contemporary lyrical abstraction abstract expressionist romantic painter artist non representational british female painter artist london

victoria miro surface works visit 2018

 

victoria miro surface works visit 2018 jenny meehan british contemporary lyrical abstraction abstract expressionist romantic painter artist non representational british female painter artist london

victoria miro surface works visit 2018

 

victoria miro surface works visit 2018 jenny meehan british contemporary lyrical abstraction abstract expressionist romantic painter artist non representational british female painter artist london

victoria miro surface works visit 2018

 

 

victoria miro surface works visit 2018 jenny meehan british contemporary lyrical abstraction abstract expressionist romantic painter artist non representational british female painter artist london

victoria miro surface works visit 2018

 

A bit of self indulgent selfies and digital alterations!

victoria miro surface works visit 2018 jenny meehan british contemporary lyrical abstraction abstract expressionist romantic painter artist non representational british female painter artist london

victoria miro surface works visit 2018

 

victoria miro surface works visit 2018 jenny meehan british contemporary lyrical abstraction abstract expressionist romantic painter artist non representational british female painter artist london

victoria miro surface works visit 2018

victoria miro surface works visit 2018 jenny meehan british contemporary lyrical abstraction abstract expressionist romantic painter artist non representational british female painter artist london

victoria miro surface works visit 2018

 

victoria miro surface works visit 2018 jenny meehan british contemporary lyrical abstraction abstract expressionist romantic painter artist non representational british female painter artist london

victoria miro surface works visit 2018

victoria miro surface works visit 2018 jenny meehan british contemporary lyrical abstraction abstract expressionist romantic painter artist non representational british female painter artist london

victoria miro surface works visit 2018

 

https://www.victoria-miro.com/exhibitions/521/

 

You see, I may not be hanging in a gallery like Victoria Miro’s, but I can still hang around in one, and be inspired.  Many muses sit on the shoulders of those who carry a paint brush (or any other paint applicator!)

It was great just to be there…Great encouragement among some of the remains of work done by other women.  The older I get the more wildly I feel I love painting and the more it matters.  Yet I was also thinking very much, and reflecting on the words:

Business! Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!” is a quotation from A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

 

Business! Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence,

were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the

comprehensive ocean of my business!

 

Reflections on Artists and what their “Business” is!

 

With all the ambitions in the world, all the hopes of being remembered, and of having one’s painting remaining, after you die, (and hopefully in more than a charity shop), in all of the random thoughts about the significance of the work you do, and whether it would ever have a high value placed on it in the realm of financial exchanges or not…Many of us artists entertain such fancies, even though we might not admit to them.  It seems that in this current time, artists are treated as entrepreneurs, who operate primarily in order to make money.  Yet the vast majority of us, in my opinion, do what we do in order that we might continue to be able to do it.  This is a non-profit making endeavour. The motivation is not financial. It is much, much greater than that. It’s about humanity, culture, depth of experience, connection with others and with oneself. It is creating a vessel for inner life.  The inner life of us as individuals, yes, this is an essential part, and even doing this can be quite a challenge,  but this also applies to a much larger expanse… Our relationships with the world around us and the inner life of not just our own body but humanity in it’s most inter-relational dimension and expressions. Art is essential, not a side line matter, or something to hold status just because of monetary value, or not.   Any trade is always going to be a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business.  And I am very glad I have sorted this out in my own head!

Thoughts of success in the business sense of the word are most probably an illusion. For me, personally, I think this is the case, and I have happily dispensed with the ambition, (for it has popped its head in the door on a few occasions).  It’s taken time to sort out WHY I do what I do, and WHY it matters.  Art making is NOT business for me and it won’t hold that place in my life either. It’s been perfectly acceptable for artists in the past to have day jobs and also be an artist, and there hasn’t been any shame in that.  For me, my “day job” is a mother and homemaker, and undervalued in our society as this job is (not even claiming the merit of being a “job” because it is not paid work), it’s an important and worthwhile occupation.  I have to confess to being grateful that as my offspring get older, I have more and more time released for my artistic endeavours!  There is always a (mostly) healthy tension between the two.  Both affect each other and it’s an interesting relationship.  Less frustrating now than it used to be when the children were younger.

For some artists, for their art working to be a business, may be what they want and aim for…It may matter a great deal, and/or it may need to matter. It may just happen; a fortunate combination of the right factors and knowing the right people, having the funds to get where they want to go, or other advantages which pave the way forward.  Or it may be a huge struggle of the most difficult and challenging type with very little advantage or fortune, yet they manage to do it anyway.  Or a bit of both, from time to time. This is all very admirable, and I think it’s great.  It’s not my path though, and I will always be content as long as I am able to work with materials in the way that I do.  For me it is ALL about working with materials, enjoying writing, and loving relationships. That is loving…and relationships, and loving relationships!

I think that even if an artist’s work does enter the business arena, this  does NOT actually make it more valuable in any but material currency.  The value of your work is the value of your work.  It is part of your life story, and it’s significance lies mainly in that.  It is the expression of your very self and that is why it matters immensely.  I read recently somewhere…I cannot remember where it was… that art is “a vessel for the interior life” and I just love this. Love it to bits.  Involvement and commitment to the arts is a humanistic endeavour; it’s about relationships and interactions with other people and our environment.  Ideas, thoughts, new perspectives, spirituality, insights, human development.  Emotional, spiritual and mental engagement, reflection, and creative regeneration.  Now, more than ever, the interior life is in danger of being depressed.  The time to dwell, reflect, and just be… The time of gazing, experiencing, allowing space and light to exist with no other reason to need to be than that they are.  I guess that is my painting popping into my head now.

Artists bring the artistic imagination into everyday life.

Creative expression is a fundamental human right.

Let’s not forget that.

 

We all, naturally, are pleased when people appreciate our work as artists and show they value what we do. We are especially pleased when collectors decide to buy our work and pay money for it, because money is very useful indeed and can open lots of creative doors in terms of enabling us to try out new ideas, develop professionally, and increase our skills.   Unfortunately, this cannot be counted upon.  It isn’t sufficient to keep us to the task we are engaged with.  A lot of strength and determination need to come from within.  If thoughts of public appreciation and recognition are realistic or not, (and it’s always nice when work is appreciated) ultimately, it doesn’t really matter one bit, because indeed, it’s just “a drop of water” anyway, this money matter.  The business of life, in truth,  is much greater.  I find it helpful to remind myself regularly of this though, because I get so caught up in what I am doing it’s easy to loose all perspective!  Such is the problem of any passion, I suppose. This is most probably why I am taking the time to write what I am now.  I write to myself, as much as to anyone else!

So I am content with my selfies in this gallery, with esteemed work behind me, even though not my own!  Great inspirational visit, much appreciated.

Kingston Artists’ Open Studio!

http://www.kingstonartistsopenstudios.co.uk/

Kingston Artists’ Open Studios (OS18) will be taking place on 9/10th and 16/17th June 2018 from 11am to 5pm each day. I will be enjoying the kind hospitality of one of my KAOS artist companions just a short walk from Kingston Town centre, not far from the Kingston Gate of Richmond Park.  I will be part of the KAOS 9 studios which is based at 14 Liverpool Rd KT2 7SZ   Parking available (metered Sat)

It would make a lovely day out to follow a few of the trails in and out of artist’s homes and studio spaces, so do come along!

For more details, please contact me via the contact page on jamartlondon.com. I will put you on my mailing list and send further information as soon as available!

http://www.jamartlondon.com/contact/4569980742

Hope to see you! Jenny Meehan

I need and appreciate greatly your support!  I don’t take part in any other event, so the Annual Kingston Artist’s Open Studios in Kingston Upon Thames Surrey is the only time I get out there and invest time in this type of activity.  Most of my collectors come across me in other ways.  But it’s a good way to meet me and other very talented creatives!

Basically I work on a non-profit making basis, as any money I get from my creative activities gets fed straight back into my creative project.    Materials, professional development, research activities and writing, plus all the associated tasks which are part of my practice all take time and money. I am fortunate that I can work in the way I do, and I never take it for granted.

Like many artists, I don’t have  profit making aspirations, for me it is simply a matter of wanting to continue to be able to do what I do in life. To be true to myself. And share what I have with others, if it helps and enhances their life in any way possible. I sell my paintings when I have spent sufficient time learning from them and when they have been exhibited.

I sell my original paintings for between £200 and £400, which is amazingly affordable.  I do this deliberately because I would rather my paintings be affordable and bring pleasure to others in an accessible way.  If something strikes a chord with you about my work, then follow your instinct and buy one if you can. If your are not able to, then thanks to the wonders of the internet, I am glad you can at least see them that way.

There is such a wide variety of artists and their work.  All so different and wonderfully unique.

So come along and support your local creative community.  Kingston Artists’ Open Studios is a voluntary organisation which supports creativity!

 

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Joy/Pain Painting by Jenny Meehan .  One of the works which will be displayed as part of this years super Surrey arts event: “Kingston Artists’ Open Studios”. VERY busy at the moment getting work ready for this.

 

“My Muybridge” Exhibition at Kingston Museum

 

At the same time as the Kingston Artists’ Open Studios is the “My Muybridge” Exhibition, flyer below.

My piece is rather dark and delves into the subconscious mind of Eadweard Muybridge as I imagine it might have been.  Work is a funny thing.  We can do fantastic and amazing things, but in the end it is our being which makes the most significant mark of our existence.  What we do matters, of course, but nothing can take the place of happiness, contentment, relationships, love.  It’s very important for artists to remember this, because we get so caught up in our work.  This is lovely, and yet our work is only one little aspect of us in the end.  I guess I felt I wanted to go beyond his work, as this has had its impact, and it’s out there, well known, appreciated, clearly seen. And it will always be seen and noted.  But I tend to be interested in the things which are not so obvious, and while  speculative, and imaginative, it gave me a lot of pleasure to make this painted collage.  I did this after doing a great deal of research on reports and perspectives, both factual and imaginative,  on Eadweard_Muybridges personal life, as much as we know.

If you are not familiar with Eadweard Muybridge you can do your own little bit of research here…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eadweard_Muybridge

 

Here is an extract from my statement about the work.  Unfortunately the artist’s statements are not shown in the exhibition.  This is a bit of a shame I think, as often new perspectives on a subject are made much clearer when the artist’s thinking and approach; their rationale, is at least glimpsed at.

“My creative practice includes poetry and painting and the relationships between the two. My interest in the subconscious provided the foundation for this work which touches on both lack of affect and the murder of a man.

The Mind’s Eye
What thoughts and memories
unsettled
might dwell in the unconscious mind of the artist
as he works?
Projected onto models…
Figures of his own past
laughing
moving
strangers
touching new pain in the mind’s eye?
Shot images…
they infiltrate the heart
yet, even the most animated
leave it
still
so solitary.

Jenny Meehan 2017”

 

Quite a nice change for me to produce something with a particular subject in mind from the outset. Immense amount of research went into the work.

 

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Kingston Arts at Kingston Museum My Muybridge exhibition surrey cultural event 2018

 

Things which make me happy:  Art Collectors who kindly let me know how they feel about my work!

This lovely quote, written by one of my collectors!  It is always a great happiness to sell and painting, and this is not a simple matter of money, though we all need that, it is far, far more!

“I thought your picture was the finest thing in that exhibition — I am very pleased to be acquiring it. I have lots of things in my collection — Terry Frost, Clifford Fishwick, Sandra Blow, Barbara Hepworth, John Hoyland, Keith Vaughan … Also a fin de siecle artist called Charles Conder.”  

I keep the buyer confidential as I am not in the habit of listing other people’s personal possessions, but it’s bringing a smile to my face, of course!  It’s a few years back now.

 

Kaleidoscope: Colour and Sequence in 1960s British Art

1 April 2017 – 3 June 2018

Looks very good!

http://www.artscouncilcollection.org.uk/exhibition/kaleidoscope-colour-and-sequence-1960s-british-art

Text copied and pasted from the website:

“An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition

British art of the 1960s is noted for its bold, artificial colour, alluring surfaces and capricious shapes and forms, yet these exuberant qualities are often underpinned by a strong sense of order, founded on repetition, sequence and symmetry. Bringing together outstanding examples of painting and sculpture from the Arts Council Collection and other major UK collections, Kaleidoscope examines 1960s visual art through a fresh and surprising lens, bringing into view the relationship between colour and form, rationality and irrationality, order and waywardness.

As the first Arts Council Collection survey of 1960s British art in over twenty years, Kaleidoscope assumes a wide angle, looking across media and movements to find fresh correspondences. From this perspective, the mind-bending surfaces of Op Art, the flattened repetition of Pop, the mathematical order of Constructivism, and the sequential placement of brightly-coloured abstract units found in New Generation sculpture find a common language shaped by sequence and symmetry.

Kaleidoscope represents the work of over twenty artists including: David AnnesleyAnthony CaroRobyn DennyTess JarayPhillip KingKim LimMary MartinEduardo PaolozziBridget RileyTim ScottRichard SmithWilliam Tucker and William Turnbull.” 

I am not going to get there to see it in person, but thankfully so many resources online, I can have a very good research session!!!

 

“Christ Under the Tree/Contemplation/Garden of Gethsemane”

It is always a great pleasure to sell a painting.  I find it interesting and exciting to meet those who decide they like my painting so much they want an ongoing relationship with it!!!  Some of my painting I hold onto, (often for quite a while!) maybe because I am still learning something from it, or I am wanting to hold it for an exhibition or event, or I would like to do some writing around it.  I am always happy to let it go… I see this as part of the process in fact, and I have no wish to die under a pile of my own work!  But I do not paint in order to produce.  Bit of a paradox there!  I have realised I need to keep the creation process completely separate from any other journey the work might make.  The painting has a second life, apart from me, and it has the life which has been happening during its creation. The two are not connected. The reason for the paintings existence cannot be equated in any way with what will happen to it.  It must speak only for itself.  And that must be completely enough reason for its existence.

I have painted only a couple of works as commissions over the last ten years.  I don’t doubt there’s a place for this, but it is not my usual way of working at the present time.  The very good thing about painting something for an external reason or purpose,  is it can introduce very specific challenges which are great to get stuck into. The “Mind’s Eye” painted collage was like this.  And I enjoyed it, for the challenge. It involved a lot of research which takes time.  But it is interesting intellectually.  In creating something for a particular purpose things often get more conceptual at a stage when I wouldn’t normally think in clear thoughts.  Usually the thinking and reflection comes long after I have painted something.  So getting all conceptual can be an interesting dimension to a work.  Or sometimes the challenge can be practical, as it was when I created a painting for the company “All Glass”  So I am always open to external reasons for a painting to be.  However focused I am on what I am doing, I think I always need to be open to change, development, challenge, debate, discussion.  But above all,  nothing should interfere with the process of creation, and the relationship I have with my painting needs to be focused.  This seems to be the main challenge in painting, for me I find.  It’s an act of contemplation which takes time and discipline.  It’s great!

 

The painting below  “Christ Under the Tree/Contemplation/Garden of Gethsemane (yes, THREE titles!)

 

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I am pleased that this has now a new home.  Also such a lovely comment and feedback on it.  As recent I am not going to quote, but as always, thank you.

 

Another Exhibition at Kingston Museum

 

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me in front of anagrams kingston museum banner

Gracious!  This was me in 2016… I have lost quite a bit of weight thankfully!  Kingston Museum chose to use part of my painting on their banner which was good, and here I am standing in front of it!  That was before my knee replacement when I couldn’t walk very far or well at all!  Apologies, this is a bit of repetition.  I write in a piecemeal fashion.  Happens sometimes.  Cutting down time by leaving as it is!

You can see some very interesting pieces of art, including my own offering, at the My Muybridge exhibiton!   Details:  Kingston Art 2018: My Muybridge’ exhibition at Kingston Museum 4 May – 7 July 2018 Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS

 

Kingston Arts at Kingston Museum My Muybridge exhibition surrey cultu

Kingston Arts at Kingston Museum My Muybridge exhibition surrey cultural event 2018

Ooops! Bit random, already wrote about that.  Must remember not to write my blog in the same way I paint my paintings! Piecemeal!

Wrote that earlier too!  Ha Ha!  More of the same!

 

Studio Tent… In the Spring and Summer it’s a wonderful place!

 

 

 

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There’s a lot of work going on in my studio tent at the moment.  This time of year in the run up to the Kingston Artists’ Open Studios is always full on!  Love it!  Yet I don’t tend to share my work at this stage in the making…It feels better to keep it to myself.  There is a lot of colour mixing going on.  A fair amount of finishing off too.  A lot of preparation for the Kingston Artists’ Open Studios.

So what I can show you now is a few past photos from the archives.  Though I don’t tend to paint from direct observation very much at all anymore,  I still get my inspiration from creation around me.  Everything goes in through the eyes.  I love looking and look hard as much as possible.  Taking in all the wonder and beauty around me.  Endless beauty and design, beautifully expressed.  So much. So immense. So inspiring.

 

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Creation and nature is so wonderful, I love it!  Cannot bear to copy something like this flower above, because it is so perfect anyway!  Do enjoy taking photos though!  It’s all colour, light and composition which are such a joy.

 

 

A small selection of memory images

I’ve posted these because I don’t tend to show my photography anymore…it’s all paintings I exhibit.  But my archives are full of photographs and my photographs are memories which still beckon in visual directions and serve some kind of purpose for me in reminding me of things which have made an impression on me and which I thought worthy to remember.  Though my photographic output is not what it was, due to the need to focus on painting, I like to share past digital imagery.

 

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jenny meehan jamartlondon photography monochrome

 

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jenny meehan jamartlondon photography monochrome

 

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jenny meehan jamartlondon photography monochrome

 

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jenny meehan jamartlondon photography monochrome

 

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jenny meehan jamartlondon.com photography

 

As you can see, water is a repeated theme.  In various forms, from ice to unfrozen!  Vast amounts and small amounts.  I spend a lot of time looking at water!  Water is an element which repeatedly inspires! It’s immensely relaxing, interesting, and amazing!

 

 

 

Digging Up Old Posts…Fragment from 2012 Jenny Meehan WordPress Artist’s Journal

I always enjoy a reminisce, and here is one:

“If you are in London this Summer,  take a look at the “Not The Royal Academy” exhibition of original artwork at Llewellyn Alexander (Fine Paintings) Ltd situated very close to Waterloo Station. There is a  varied selection of paintings on show, and seeing them makes me think I really ought to try to enter something into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition next year. It helps to think that if you don’t get something in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition itself, you could have a chance of getting something on show at Llewellyn Alexander’s “Not The Royal Academy” exhibition instead.

http://www.nottheroyalacademy.com/#salon

The exhibition of paintings at Llewellyn Alexander is changed around every three weeks, so I think I need to go and take another look soon.  The paintings are representational and taking a quick look at the website it looks like the prices are around the £400 mark in the main.  It is a very pleasant gallery, they are always very welcoming and though the space is quite compact, they always seem to use it well ensuring that the do have quality, fine painting on show, rather than paint squeezed out a tube, with a long explanation of what it means!

Thinking about the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition , and possibly entering a painting in it, it is a lot of hassle for a very small chance of success, but on the other hand, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” comes to mind.  You never know.  It’s all a bit random I am sure, pot luck really, but it is exposure and I have realised that I can save some money by reducing the pages on my website next time it comes up for renewal, so I might just re allocate the money saved to enter the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition next year.  If I paint a representational painting, it might get into the Llewellyn Alexander show, so I might just do that.”

I was up in London near Waterloo Station recently and noticed that Llewellyn Alexander was, by all appearances, at the end of its’s life.  And I find it is all done and dusted!

“After 31 Happy years of trading,
the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery
closed its doors on February 24, 2018.

Best wishes to the many customers
and artists who enjoyed our exhibitions.”

Well, all things do come to an end.  But I will miss the gallery immensely.  It was a lovely place to visit…I particularly liked their miniatures and the “Not the Royal Academy” exhibitions.  The year after I wrote the text above I did submit to the Royal Academy and then, rejected in due course, trundled over to Llewellyn Alexander with my painting “Upper Room”.  Interestingly, though it is an abstract painting, they received it and exhibited it, and this is something I am very grateful for.  I felt it  somewhat of a compliment, bearing in mind the work is so abstract.  It’s a great relief when people can see quality in an abstract painting.  For indeed, though bold, abstract and  bright, the painting did involve a sensitivity and discernment which is not always spotted by all who cast their eyes on it.

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lyrical abstract painting selected for “Not the Royal Academy” exhibition at Llewellyn Alexander Fine Paintings Waterloo in 2013. For sale.

 

I do still have this original painting, so contact me if interested.  I am normally happy to part with paintings if they have been shown in a public exhibition at least once.  And if I have dwelt and learnt from them long enough, which is the case with this one.   I am happy for it to go to another life now.  It’s a signature painting…What do I mean by that?  I think it marks a decisive point in my creative evolution. It was awareness of presence and the importance of this in a painting which became a clearer goal.   And those glass beads, of course, and pure pigment.  Which continue to feature in much of my painting.   I sell my original paintings, when ready to roll away with the waves and embark on their new life with another person between around £130 – £500.  I would rather have them appreciated by other people than just hanging around here, so keep the price on the low side… Gotta be realistic.  There’s a lot of wonderful art work in the world. A lot of choice.  My prayer is simply that the paintings find a friend they can live with, are appreciated, and that the person that buys them LOVES the painting, and continues to get a lot of solace and enjoyment from gazing at it.  Then it has done its job and I have done mine.  And as long as I can continue to do the work I do I am happy.   Here’s some old text about the “Upper Room” or “The Upper Room”.

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.

 

Well, that is more than enough for this month! I have a habit of continually popping different pieces into place!

PS…

 

If you would like to give money to help support my creative practice I can accept it quickly and easily through the Paypal.me process. Simply put the following in your browser:
paypal.me/jennymeehan and follow the prompts. Please consider supporting my work in this way if it strikes a chord with you and you are able to do so. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a way via this system for me to send a “Thank you” to you, so you will need to just simply know that I appreciate it very much indeed!    Putting work into exhibitions does unfortunately cost money, and yet I like to get it out there.  Submission fees are the bane of my life, and I will spare you the moan. Because I have moaned before on this blog and there is no need to moan again!  (The Kingston Museum Exhibition was fine, by the way,  and no gripe with that, very very good arrangements, and very fair,  but so many exhibitions require considerable chunks of cash JUST to submit…)   That’s even before you get your work shown, (or not).

My ego doesn’t matter, it’s not about that. It is NICE to have work selected, yes, it’s a nice affirmation, but only a bonus. An artist makes their work for themselves primarily. The have to hang it in the gallery of their soul and be completely happy for its presence to inhibit them forever!  But when it gets hung elsewhere, it’s great too, because it is shared, and who wants to keep something all for themselves when it can be shared? But It’s the way things are this paying to show your work to others. A right pain.  Sometimes just a small amount.  Not a problem. Just a bit of a shame when money is made out of artists wish to exhibit their work, sometimes so ruthlessly.   As an artist, you just want your work to be seen, because as music is made to be heard, art is made to be seen. Simple as that.

Jenny Meehan on Redbubble.com

Redbubble is a great “print on demand” website and I have some of my images there.  The world is full of fabulous artists and Redbubble is a good place for buying merchandise which is original, exciting and contemporary.  The artists on Redbubble get a royalty payment from any items that you purchase there, so it is one way to support the creative community and help artists gain a little bit of income from their work.  Do take a look!

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams?asc=u

I get around 30% of the price you pay for the merchandise you buy.  Every little helps!

 

 

Little Robin Friend

robin my supervisor!

Well, my little robin friend is serving as supervisor in the garden right now!  I go out there just for a look or for a rumble around the studio tent and I hear his chirp, see something flitting through the foliage, and there he is!  Before I know what has happened, I find myself digging around in the earth… weeding, moving pots, filling pots with earth…  I tell myself I am doing this because it needs to be done, but the truth is that while this is true, the most immediate reason is this little robin is telling me he wants me to work in the garden so he can have some insects, worms, and whatever else I reveal!

I am now to be found rustling around myself, not in the foliage but in the studio tent.  This year I am keen on rollers it seems and have an assortment.  I started using them last  year in experiments and now I have gathered quite a few.  It’s good to have new tools to experiment with. So there’s some action happening.  There is a lot of tidying up to be done, and I am grateful for the studio tent.  OK, it has its limitations, but I know of many artists whose studio space isn’t much different, even when “indoors”.  The only difference with mine is that it gets rather damp and wet.  I have extended it now.  It consists of two tarpaulin covered market stalls and has now ventured into the side passage and outhouse.  That’s the wet and damp part, because there is a crack in the ceiling. It’s reinforced concrete.  The good news about having a large crack in your ceiling is that the water does drip down through it.   I’m serious.  It’s better for the water to have somewhere to go than to build up above and then damage the concrete further.  Well, that’s how I have chosen to think about it!

In this new darkened area of my studio tent, or now my studio tent with outhouse extension, is that I can experiment with larger substrates and also light projection.  I have been wanting to do this for ages, so at last a new door is opened.  I have purchased some folding tables too, so I have more table space.  It’s great to have more space.  I cannot quite use it fully yet because of the weather, but it’s not as if I am waiting around to do things.  There is always plenty, and more, to do.

Generally in life I am feeling less frustrated by the demands of the domestic using up time when I could be painting.  It’s always a huge conflict, but acceptance helps a lot.  I am beginning to appreciate the benefits of having my focus fragmented into so many pieces, as it forces a kind of relinquishment which I think probably helps in the long run, even is somewhat frustrating short term.  I have always had workaholic tendencies, and  often found myself doing the work of two people (unfortunately not for double pay!) in past jobs, so I am aware of constantly overreaching and over stretching myself.  This is not a problem as long as one is aware of it.  It needs to be managed, addressed, and disciplined!  And life… Needs to be enjoyed!

I remain secretive, as is appropriate, about current work in progress.  For my eyes only! But always willing to look backwards!

 

Signs of the Times Series

 

© Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights ReservedQuick Dip print by Jenny Meehan

© Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights ReservedQuick Dip print by Jenny Meehan. One of the Signs of the Times series

 

There’s a great feeling of rest looking at the smooth flat colours of the signs of the times laminated prints…I’d never bother trying to create that surface in paint which is why I continue to appreciate this series.  And the compositions are still teaching me a lot.

 

© Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights Reserved digital print buy abstract geometric Rush Hour - Jenny Meehan Signs of the Times Series

© Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights Reserved Rush Hour – Jenny Meehan Signs of the Times Series

 

Rush Hour is one of my favourites.  You can buy a version of it here, on Redbubble.com.

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/works/13790846-rush-hour-calm-in-the-cityscape-design-by-jenny-meehan?p=art-print&rel=carousel

 

I get a small royalty from any sale on Redbubble.com.  Every litttle helps!

 

Enclosed Garden (Hortus conclusus) Digital Print from Jenny Meehan's "Signs of the Times" print series. See more at jamartlondon.com

Enclosed Garden (Hortus conclusus) Digital Print from Jenny Meehan’s “Signs of the Times” print series. See more at jamartlondon.com

 

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“Signs of the Times” hung at the Cornerhouse Community Arts Centre, Surbiton Surrey

 

That was a long time ago!  The good thing about the laminated “Signs of the Times” is they can be hung in bathrooms and kitchens.  I have one which has been hanging in our bathroom for years, and it looks just fine.  No mould or any deterioration.  If you would like to buy one of my own signed versions contact me via my website as I have one or two still around.  I am not planning to print any more, as Redbubble do such a great job of producing good quality prints.

http://www.jamartlondon.com/

 

 

No Cares/Take Courage print from Signs of the Times series by Jenny Meehan

No Cares/Take Courage/Leap of Faith print from Signs of the Times series by Jenny Meehan

This is another favourite of mine…Again, available from Redbubble.com

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/works/13790986-no-cares-take-courage-leap-of-faith-design-by-jenny-meehan

 

 

 

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The night time version of Calm Moment, maybe calm moment in the dark, partner of calm moment in the light!

Here’s an artist’s statement which was submitted with some of the series “Signs of the Times”

Artist Statement – Jenny Meehan

My current body of work, some of which you can see on the enclosed images, is basically a series of experiments with shape and colour. After having worked throughout last year on a series of very lyrical and process led paintings, I realised that I felt the need for more structure in my work. Fuelled by an interest in conveying emotion and thought through elements of abstraction, while at the same time seeking that sense of formal balance which I consider essential to my work, the series of digitally produced laminated prints which I have called “Signs of the Times” relate to my own life and experiences.

The current series will also form the foundation of further paintings in the future, and bring to my painting practice an element of planning. I think that, far from being rigid and inflexible, this will introduce an initial underlying structure which I will be able to use in a very exciting way as I experiment with the relationship between solidity and fluidity in future paintings. Each step in the process of developing my work opens up numerous possibilities, and I cannot be sure exactly of what will happen, which is rather exciting. I do not take a scientific approach to my art, but view it as a process which defies logic, by necessity, and embraces the irrational and spiritual within me.
So these works, though they stand in themselves and I consider them finished, like everything one does are neither an end nor a beginning, but part of an evolving and organic process which I feel pulls me along with it, to some extent. I feel very fortunate to be able to work with visual language and consider it a great privilege to do so. “Signs of the Times” is an interesting experiment in relating thoughts and emotion to visual language in a very direct way.

Jenny Meehan is a Fine and Applied Artist based in South West London/East Surrey, United Kingdom. She works mainly with painting, drawing and digital photography and also writes poetry and an artist’s blog. Jenny also teaches small groups and individual in her studio space. More examples of her practice can be found at http://www.jamartlondon.com .

There are still some “Signs of the Times” in progress, as I work in a piecemeal fashion over periods of several years.  It’s a very enjoyable way of working with shapes and colours!

 

Easter Art Installation at St Paul’s Church of England, Hook

I was very pleased to be able to create this installation in service to the Church and in order to help the prayers and reflections of any who ventured into the building during Holy Week.  I will post some additional images soon when I have worked on them, but this gives you an idea. Other members of the church also created some beautiful places to reflect.  It was well worth the effort.

 

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Lots of images!

It all seems rather a long time ago now!

Was a bit last posting up the April blog entry!   Open Studios is rapidly approaching and this is a very busy time of year for me!

Not quite done with the contemplative theme though…

 

The Soldier And The Cross

This is an old poem I wrote a few years back.  I didn’t display it as part of the installation in the church but I have re read it, and edited it slightly.

The Soldier And The Cross

For a moment
I thought you a bit of a wimp…
To turn,
And say to me
“What have I done to you?”

I saw…
In your innocence…
A victim mentality
related to my response to suffering…
A powerless moment

of weakness
and subjection.

And ALL in me,
ALL that grasps onto power…
Felt repulsed
and
disgusted by you.

By the sight of you.

Because…
It was true…You had done nothing,
Yet, I hated you,
and your holiness
frightened me.

 

I,
I am the accuser.
I have raged against you
And despised the look of love on your face.
In paranoid fear
I have threatened you with my wrath
And struck the blow
which tears across your face.
I have hardened my heart
against your love
and pushed you
hard, straight down
against the ground.

In acts of violence
I have hated, and hated more.
I have hated you
More than I dare say.

So  how do I stand?
Do I have  a place to stand against you?
And can I stop your
Love
from breaking me?

If I believe,

just for one
moment

that you might choose to forgive?

 

©jenny meehan

 

 

Drop In Drawing and Painting

I have finished the sessions until September.  I am a trained teacher and I like to use my teaching skills to help people with the development of their own visual expression.

 

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I will be running some more sessions from September.  I shouldn’t call them “Drop in” really, as I do need to know in advance if people can come.  So if you are interested in these do contact me, and I can send you more details.   They are suitable for all levels, as the input is very much individual.  The advantage of them is that it is possible for people to just come for a “one off” session, rather than needing to sign up for a whole course.  This gives more experienced artists a chance for some input as they feel the need, and in pace with their own work flow.   It gives beginners a chance to experiment creatively with support and a level of input normally only possible with individual tuition.  I don’t plan a structured session, but the structure is determined by the individual needs of the students attending.  I do normally throw a few ideas about for possible areas to explore and experimentation, which all those attending are invited to spend some time on if they wish, though normally people come with existing work, or work in progress, or an idea of what they would like to do, or are trying to achieve.   Contact me via my website if you are interested.  There is sometimes a bit of a waiting list, as I don’t hold many.  http://www.jamartlondon.com/

Time Passes Painting by Jenny Meehan

I have this painting on the wall at the moment and am getting a lot out of it.  It’s an early abstract painting but I am still learning from it.  I might well take it along to the Kingston Artists’ Open Studios event this year.

 

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I have started removing some of my canvas paintings from their frames and will sell them unframed now.  It means I can sell them for a bit less, (£180) and I have found that often people either like to select frames themselves or like to display them unframed.  It takes a lot of time for me to make frames, which I have been doing up until now, and it is also very expensive.  As the pace of my painting has increased, I am less inclined to spend time with framing.

Kingston Artists’ Open Studios (OS18) will be taking place on 9/10th and 16/17th June 2018 from 11am to 5pm each day. I will be enjoying the kind hospitality of one of my KAOS artist companions just a short walk from Kingston Town centre, not far from the Kingston Gate of Richmond Park.

It would make a lovely day out to follow a few of the trails in and out of artist’s homes and studio spaces, so do come along!

For more details, please contact me via the contact page on jamartlondon.com. I will put you on my mailing list and send further information as soon as available!

http://www.jamartlondon.com/

Hope to see you! Jenny Meehan

If you would like to give money to help support my creative practice I can accept it quickly and easily through the Paypal.me process. Simply put the following in your browser:
paypal.me/jennymeehan and follow the prompts. Please consider supporting my work in this way if it strikes a chord with you and you are able to do so. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a way via this system for me to send a “Thank you” to you, so you will need to just simply know that I appreciate it very much indeed!

 

Upper Room Painting by Jenny Meehan

This one isn’t on the wall, but it’s the one I use for the background of my website jamartlondon.com.

 

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It’s available for purchase if you are interested.

 

Good News

 

Shortlisted for Kingston Art 2018: My Muybridge' exhibition at Kingston Museum 4 May - 7 July 2018 Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS

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I have had my painting “Mind’s Eye”, image above (sorry, not tarted up image yet!) selected for the exhibition at Kingston Museum this year, details are:

Kingston Art 2018: My Muybridge’ exhibition at Kingston Museum 4 May – 7 July 2018 Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS

Bit of a departure for me in this one, using images.  Like collage..

 

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Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) is a painter-poet, artist-author  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.  

Her website is www.jamartlondon.com.  (www.jamartlondon.com replaces the older now deceased website http://www.jennymeehan.co.uk)

Contact Jenny via her website: 

http://www.jamartlondon.com/#/contact/4569980742

 

 

If you would like to give money to help support my creative practice I can accept it quickly and easily through the Paypal.me process.  Simply put the following in your browser:

paypal.me/jennymeehan

and follow the prompts. Please consider supporting my work in this way if it strikes a chord with you and you are able to do so. Unfortunately there isn’t a system in this facility for me to send a thank you.  But if you do use it, then understand that I am grateful!

Another way you could support my participation in the visual arts could be by praying for me, if that’s part of your daily life. As mentioned above, I also put some of my visual art work on the “print on demand” website redbubble.com. People buying merchandise with my designs on through redbubble.com results in my gaining a royalty for the use of the image concerned.

Signing up as a follower on this WordPress blog also helps, as does sharing the posts when you receive them.  Anything you can do to help me is much appreciated!  Time and money is limited for me, and it’s a challenge being a mother-artist in terms of promotion and increasing awareness of what I do.  I put my energy into producing my artwork.  For the rest, I need any help I can get!

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) BA Hons (Lit.) PGCE  offers art tuition.  Please contact Jenny through the contact form at www.jamartlondon.com for further details.  Availability depends on other commitments.    

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

This artist’s blog is of interest to artists, art collectors, art lovers and anyone interested in fine art.  Those interested in British 21st century female contemporary artists, women and art, religious art, spirituality and art, and psychoanalysis and art, will probably enjoy dipping into this Jenny Meehan Contemporary Artist’s Journal.

Art collectors are often interested in the processes, techniques, interests and influences of the artists whose work they collect, and sharing my thoughts and perspectives through a blog is an important dimension of my creative practice.

My main focus is directed towards process led abstract painting, and you can view some examples of this on my website jamartlondon.com.  I encapsulate my painting as being romantic,expressionistic, abstract and lyrical.  Art collectors interested in lyrical abstraction, abstract expressionist, and essentially romantic art, are likely to find my paintings an interesting and exciting addition to their art collection. Art collectors can view a list of exhibitions I have taken part in on my websites exhibitions page; http://www.jamartlondon.com/#/exhibitions/4570944550

Art collectors can see selected examples of my original paintings  organised by year on jamartlondon which gives you a brief overview of the development of my painting over the years:

http://www.jamartlondon.com/#/paintings/4570156802

I am a self-representing artist, whose aim is to ensure  I continue to develop my painting practice in an innovative and pioneering way, rather than attempt some kind of commercial success, and whose aim is also that my work is historically relevant, rather then celebrated in that so called and illusive “art world”.  I hope to add to the number of people who value, collect, and develop an interest in my paintings and to thereby sustain and develop my practice over many years. 

Well, another month, another post!

Quite late to post February post on the 19th!

The older you get the quicker time flies!  Indeed, I am mid month, and only just posting this entry!  For time may have wings, but I don’t.  Though it’s great to be able to walk now! (March 8th, last year…Total Knee Replacement!!!) This journal serves as a tool for my creative practice.  It’s a reason to write with a deadline, of sorts, and keeps me writing, reviewing, thinking, and having a space to think and reflect, as well as enabling me to share snippets of what I am up to with my visual art practice. I throw in a poem here and there, and chew over random thoughts from time to time.  I share paintings, drawings and photographs, both past and present. Sometimes those in progress and those which seem finished.

Though I keep my website jamartlondon.com reasonably tidy and succinct, on this Jenny Meehan Contemporary Artist’s Journey, I take my meandering discourse wherever it will go. Great fun.  Not a perfected piece of writing but a narrative, partly to myself and partly to you.  A note book of a kind.  A discipline.  A record.  A way of me looking back from time to time to reflect on what I have been thinking and doing, how things have changed, how they are the same, and simply just wondering.

I have always enjoyed the stream of consciousness writing form, so while I do edit this journal a little bit, the overarching idea is I just write whatever I fancy at the time and don’t worry very much at all about structuring it.  It’s a bit of a collage I think.  I hope it serves as some kind of insight into my visual art activities and it provides some release for me in terms of enjoying very much the process of writing, researching and reflecting.  It’s not a solid and it’s not a gas.. It’s a liquid.  Not  order.  Not chaos.  Somewhere in between!

Unfortunately this cannot be said for my studio tent, which does need some attention.  It’s nice for the flowers to have somewhere to grow though!

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Time to tidy up, before March, when it gets (hopefully) warmer!

“Vibe Drome”: One Small Piece of the Small World Futures project!

Image of the Small World Futures contribution from myself!

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Image credit: ©Alban Low

The “Vibe Drome” (My nick name for this world!) is taking part in the “Small World Futures” exhibition at the Unsettled Gallery, London Bridge.  Look out for it, and if you find it, be careful…It may pick you up!

Many other interesting pieces to be found! Hopefully, if they stay there for long.  Let’s hope they do!

Here is some text quoted from the CollectConnect website:

“Here at ColllectConnect we’re starting 2018 with a fascinating little exhibition. Small World Futures is a collection of 38 miniature sculptures depicting what life could look like in years to come. Each of these small artworks will be placed in public spaces (#unsettledgallery) around London Bridge. Every day throughout February we will be featuring one of these worlds here on the website. A writer will also use the world as an inspiration to create something new and fresh, their words describing the shape of a new world.

In the autumn of 2017 Dean Reddick and Alban Low began cultivating a series of public exhibition spaces around London Bridge called the #unsettledgallery. These include flowerbeds, railings and gates, as well as spaces between bricks, in gullies and beside drainpipes – basically anywhere an artwork can rest and be seen by the public.  Although these spaces change and evolve on a daily basis, several housed artworks for a longer period of time. The Small World Futures will find their homes in these public spaces. They may stay there for an hour or a week. Perhaps they will plant a seed of an idea in the people who see them.”

I did write my own text for the Vibe Drome, but I have kept that under covers so that my own ideas don’t influence anyone else’s.  Take a look at the blog to see more on the project and lots of fabulous future worlds with the writing which they have helped to inspire!

http://collectconnect.blogspot.co.uk/

And here is the delightful poem to accompany it,  by Natalie Low:

Today we discover the Small World Future of…. Jenny Meehan
The year is 5,000,000,000 AD

Twinkle twinkle dying star
No escape from what you are
Hanging limply in the sky
Watching us all wave bye-bye
Twinkle twinkle dying star
Au revoir our ex-solar.

Now your light and fire are gone
Earth’s too cold to live upon
You can’t blame the human race
Off to try another place
Twinkle twinkle dying star
Au revoir our ex-solar.

© Natalie Low

(Included on here with permission from Natalie Low)

I will be going to visit it in person very soon.  Hopefully it will still be there!  It looks like it is worth something due to the shiny parts.  My earnest wish is that a magpie in need of some bling might locate it and take part of it away for its nest.  I think anyone picking it up in search of worldly wealth is going to be very disappointed.  Damien Hirst may well have been able to use real diamonds on his skull, but my sculpture is, quite literally, a world apart.  Some information from Wiki on Damien Hirst’s skull:

“For the Love of God is a sculpture by artist Damien Hirst produced in 2007. It consists of a platinum cast of an 18th-century human skull encrusted with 8,601 flawless diamonds, including a pear-shaped pink diamond located in the forehead that is known as the Skull Star Diamond. The skull’s teeth are original, and were purchased by Hirst in London. The artwork is a Memento mori, or reminder of the mortality of the viewer. Costing £14 million to produce, the work was placed on its inaugural display at the White Cube gallery in London in an exhibition Beyond belief with an asking price of £50 million. This would have been the highest price ever paid for a single work by a living artist.[2]”

Rather than inhibit an interior space, I am hoping that my piece dies a natural death, remains in its place, and looses its worthless jewels in the beak of a magpie.  I have to say, I have never seen a magpie around the London Bridge area, but you never know, there may be a small chance!

Do take a look at Alban Low’s website too.  He’s doing great work in a variety of ways!

http://www.albanlow.co.uk/

He’s busy sketching on the radio at A World In London at Resonance FM nearly every week, as well as plenty of gigs around London. Have a look at http://artofjazz.blogspot.co.uk/

I love his drawing!

Why Abstract Painting Isn’t Music

https://philosophynow.org/issues/50/Why_Abstract_Painting_Isnt_Music

Patricia Railing on the point of abstract art, and on how it works.     I am reading through and reflecting on this.  It’s one of the best pieces of writing on painting I have come across in a long time!

NOTE: I have emboldened some areas for my own notes, this is not in original text.  

A recent exhibition in Paris at the Musée d’Orsay, entitled At the Origins of Abstraction (Aux Origines de l’abstraction), explained the advent and practice of abstract painting at the beginning of the 20th century as the ‘translation of music’. Thus continues into our new century the widespread misunderstanding of the early abstraction of ‘pure painting’ and of the relationship between painting and music.

Certainly there were composers who wrote scores accompanied by colour-light shows (e.g., Scriabin and Rimsky-Korsakov) and painters like Ciurlionis who wrote scores as sound compositions of their paintings. This correspondence between the arts issued largely from Symbolism and had been inspired by scientific studies of colours and tones as sensations. The ‘pure’ painters – Vasily Kandinsky, Frank Kupka, Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich – who followed after 1910, however, always declared that their paintings were not music, nor that they were painting music. Rather, they claimed that painting’s colours have an effect on the human being just as music’s tones do: the relationship between music and painting is a parallel one, colour and tone affecting and enlivening human feelings. 

Painting and Music Play on the Instrument of the Feelings

It is the feelings, then, that are the ‘instrument’ on which colours and tones play their tunes. The media are different but both set the feelings in motion, giving them a particular kind and quality.  In his 1912, Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Kandinsky wrote: “Generally speaking, colour is a power which directly influences the soul (i.e., the feelings). Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand which plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.” (Dover Publications, p.25). It was Schopenhauer who had inspired this image of the feelings, writing: “We ourselves are now the vibrating string that is stretched and plucked” by pleasure and pain, by harmony and dissonance. (The World as Will and Representation, Vol. II, p.451.)

References to music abound in Kandinsky’s book, and he gave musical titles to three groups of work between 1909 and 1914: Improvisations, Impressions, and Compositions. Frank Kupka also titled a few of his works with the musical terms of Nocturne and Fugue. So critics at the time, standing before works the likes of which they had never seen in their lives, latched on to the musical theme and explained this abstract painting in terms of music. This was so frequent that Kandinsky was compelled to state in a 1913 catalogue and a 1914 lecture: “I do not want to paint music. I do not want to paint states of mind.” Rather, it had to be understood that the “laws of harmonics in painting and music are the same”, to borrow the title of Henri Rovel’s article of 1908 in Les Tendances nouvelles.

This parallelism of the arts of painting and music was based, on the one hand, on their inner creative laws and, on the other hand, on their effects in the human realm of feeling (called the soul). This is neatly illustrated by Kandinsky and by Franz Marc in letters of January 1911 after they had attended a concert of the music of Arnold Schoenberg. Remarking particularly on the composer’s 1909 Three Piano Pieces, Kandinsky wrote to Schoenberg: “The independent progress through their own destinies, the independent life of the individual voices in your compositions, is exactly what I am trying to find in my paintings.” What Kandinsky meant is made clearer by Franz Marc, writing to Auguste Macke: “Can you imagine a music in which tonality (i.e., the adherence to any key) is completely suspended? I was constantly reminded of Kandinsky’s Composition [see Illustration], which also permits no trace of tonality, and also of Kandinsky’s ‘jumping spots’, in hearing this music, which allows each tone sounded to stand on its own (a kind of white canvas between the spots of color!)”. (In Schoenberg, Kandinsky, and the Blue Rider, Scala, 2003, p.25 and p.21.) Applied to his painting, Kandinsky’s ‘jumping spots’ of colour allow each colour to stand on its own, independent of colour tonality. To feel the content of each tone or each colour, to feel their ‘independent voices’, is one of the essential creative aims of the abstract arts of music and of painting around 1910.

Composition

Why should artists want to tap the feelings in this way? This is a broad issue and part of the Zeitgeist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Two aspects of this are particularly relevant. First of all, artists wanted to see behind appearance, or rather, they wanted to see the realities that create appearance, at a time when publications on the new physics were providing a new understanding of creation itself. Secondly, the artists were among the first to explore another reality: that of colour itself and tone itself, together with their effects on the human being. This was based on the many 19th century publications by experimental scientists like Helmholtz, Wilhelm Wundt, Freud, Mach and others. The premise of this work was that the nerve-sense system is a dynamic system in constant movement, receiving and responding to stimulae, called sensations, which are found to directly affect the feelings and hence states of mind. This field of exploration, called psycho-physiology, informed Kandinsky’s Concerning the Spiritual in Art, Kupka’s Creation in the Plastic Arts, Malevich’s writings, and traces are also found in Mondrian’s writings. The metaphor that the feelings are like a musical instrument playing the songs of life allowed artists to take a new look at their media. Scientists were asserting that colours and tones have direct and verifiable effects on every individual, so artists set about exploring the vast artistic realm of sensation and feeling through colour and tone, and this resulted in a new form of artistic expression. Artists could play on the harp of the soul, plucking now one string, now another, now sounding them together. This inner music, “in which tonality is completely suspended,” in which “jumping spots allow each tone sounded [or painted] to stand on its own,” was the touching of the soul (the feelings) directly. The created work was thus pure music or pure painting, having no intermediary and no intrusion from the world of thought in the form of any kind of imitation (mythology, religious philosophy, history or genre). It was the pure music or the pure painting of pure feeling in the artist’s use of colours and tones, stimulating pure feeling in the spectator.

 

All is Energy

But what were the ‘laws of harmonics’ that stood behind the creation of pure painting and pure music and that were common to both? Essential to them is that they were based on yet another component of the early 20th century Zeitgeist: the world-view that all is energy, dynamism, movement. This was asserted by the new physics of Einstein (1905 and 1916), Maxwell’s treatises on electromagnetism (1870s), Max Planck’s paper on quantum theory in 1900, Poincaré’s works, and so many others. Thus, the laws of harmonics – by which is meant the laws of constructing music and painting – are to be found in the laws of movement, dynamism and the expression of energy. The laws of construction are the forming processes of music and of painting, and they are parallel to the forming processes found in all reality. As music is the art of movement itself, and painting had always been thought of as a static art, it was to the language of music that painters turned for want of a traditional vocabulary of movement.

The Constructive Laws of Rhythm

‘Rhythm’ is music’s most basic component. Tone moves according to rhythm, but colours in a painting are also arranged according to rhythm. The same is true for poetry. In How Verses Are Made (1926) the Russian poet, Vladimir Mayakovsky, wrote: “I went along, swinging my arms and mumbling almost incoherently, now slowing down so as not to disturb my mumbling, now mumbling quicker in order to keep time with my feet. That is the way to shape and plane rhythm, the basis of all poetry, which runs through it in the form of a subdued roar. Gradually, you begin to extract individual words from the roar.” And in the same year the German painter/poet/composer/builder, Kurt Schwitters, noted:

“What art is you know as well as I do: it is nothing more than rhythm. And if that’s true, I … can modestly and simply give you rhythm, in any material whatsoever: bus tickets, oil paints, building blocks, that’s right, you heard me, building blocks, or words in poetry, or sounds in music, or you just name it. That’s why you mustn’t look too hard at the material; because that isn’t what it’s all about…. [Just] try, in spite of the unusual materials, to catch the rhythm of the forms and the colours…. Every artwork throughout history has had to fulfill this primary requirement: to be rhythm, or else it isn’t art.” (In poems performance pieces proses plays poetics, Cambridge, MA., Exact Change, 2002, p.229.)

In nature, rhythm is the manifestation of energy in its forming process, and it functions according to one of two fundamental laws: that of progression, and that of the contrast of forces; usually they are found together. Progression is always numerical and/or geometrical, as in the Fibonacci series, while the contrast of forces is the law of polarity, those forces of the centrifugal/centripetal, push/pull, the attraction/repulsion of electromagnetism. In art, rhythm is also the manifestation of energy in the forming, creative process. The law of numerical progression had been the fundamental creative means of classical Western music; in painting it is found in perspective – geometrical – and proportion – numerical. When artists like Schoenberg and Kandinsky began to use the law of the contrast of forces rather than that of progression, music and painting became subject to entirely different rules of rhythm and, hence, to entirely different rules of harmony, made up of consonance, the means according to which the law functions, and dissonance, the necessary opposite of consonance.

In the creative law of numerical and geometrical progression, consonance is determined by adherence to the particular order or structure of progression; dissonance is introduced when that order or structure is violated. When an artist creates using the energy of polarities, the law of contrasts – of tones or of colours push-pulling, attracting and repelling – consonance is that state of balance between the two forces while dissonance is that state of imbalance between the two forces when one or the other increases or decreases its energy. Movement or dynamism then take the place of a state of rest, allowing change to occur. Because of the innate dynamism of polarities, the term ‘dissonance’ became an alternative word for ‘creativity’ for many artists. Thus would Kandinsky write to Schoenberg in his letter of January 1911:

“I am certain that our own modern harmony is not to be found in the ‘geometric’ way, but rather in the anti-geometric, anti-logical way. And this way is that of ‘dissonances in art’, in painting, therefore, just as much as in music. And ‘today’s’ dissonance in painting and music is merely the consonance of ‘tomorrow’.”

It is interesting to note here Schoenberg’s interpretation of the term ‘anti-logical’ in his reply to Kandinsky, writing that it is what “I call the elimination of the conscious will in art.” Around 1910, art was rejecting cultural anecdotes of whatever subject matter, no longer constructing according to linear, intellectual progression, and becoming instead a means of revealing the very nature of the human being, a being that is dynamic, continuously ignited by contrast in the feelings, in thinking and in life itself. Art gave expression to, and extended, the potential of this vast creative realm, the realm from which the human being extends into the world and creates it.

Rhythm is innate to the human being, to the breath and to the heartbeat. It is innate to the very existence of nature and the universe. Rhythm, for so many early 20th century artists, was the heartbeat of all reality and it was the very substance of Frank Kupka’s art. Drawing on Henri Bergson’s Creative Evolution, and on many scientific publications, Kupka made visible the invisible forces of growth in nature, the universe and in the physical human body. These forces – taking the shape of the spiral, the triangle, the vertical and the horizontal – are both the scaffolding of everything that exists and the means of its creative laws. They are so, they are both particle/form and wave/energy, because they are determined by rhythm. Catching the rhythm meant catching the chord which holds together the human body, nature and the universe, meant catching the energy that creates.

Rhythm is not a thing: it can only act through things. For the painting-composer these things are colours and forms, for the music-composer they are tones. We shall consider painting only.

To begin with colour. In their writings, Kandinsky, Kupka and Mondrian all describe how colours function both optically and in the realm of feelings and, therefore, how they can be used to set up many, many kinds of rhythms. As Kupka wrote in Creation in the Plastic Arts, “The radiation of vital energy in nature, and of the same energy which dwells inside us, always manifests itself through the relationships between different vibrations and, therefore, between different colours.” (Liverpool University Press, p.87.) Scientists had shown how long exposure to certain reds made the subject anxious or angry, for example. In Concerning the Spiritual in Art Kandinsky writes that the intensification of a certain yellow “increases the painful shrillness of its note” (p.68). And Kupka says in Creation in the Plastic Arts that violet is “a mixture of passion and reason, is the colour of thought and of bishops” (p.86). Playing the strings of the feelings meant playing the effects of the colours on the feelings. And suddenly, the painting becomes active and activated, the spectator experiencing the light vibrancy or heavy thud of ‘jumping spots’ and, in the case of Kupka, say, a swirling of blues where inner movement is harmonious and pleasant.

Forms, too, affect the feelings. Kandinsky did studies on the effects of shape, concluding that the pointed triangle made a different impression on the subject than the curved circle, and he published his findings in 1926 in Point and Line to Plane whilst at the Bauhaus. Colouring the pointed triangle yellow or red produced yet another effect on the observer, one being harmonious and satisfying, the other like a conflict between two forces and thus producing another feeling. It is precisely in the law of forces, whether they are consonant or dissonant, that the laws of harmonies are found. Rhythm is an expression of these forces.

Painting, then, has a ‘grammar’ of colours and of forms, to use Kandinsky’s word. Simple and straightforward as the grammar itself might be, it allows great complexity of expression, just as the written and spoken grammar of words does. We have only to compare the painting of Kandinsky and Mondrian: Kandinsky’s Composition II (1910, destroyed) was full of colour energies in animated, painterly movement, while Mondrian’s compositions with the primary colours of red, yellow and blue (1920s and 1930s) were made of few colours in flat planes held within a few horizontal or vertical bands. The former work is visually dynamic, the latter are visually static. The former has many loud or breezy rhythms rushing about, the latter have quiet, even silent, rhythms, especially noticeable in the white and black paintings such as Composition II with Black Lines, 1930 (Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven). All these rhythms we feel, played as they are on the instrument of our soul, our feelings. These paintings do not come from music, they are not the translated tones of Schoenberg’s Three Piano Pieces or any other musical composition. But like anything that makes the soul sing – or weep or jump or dance – they can be called ‘musical’, if that is understood as only a metaphor for organised movement and dynamism.

Pure Painting, Pure Aesthetics

Consonance and dissonance of rhythm in pure painting, the play between contrasting forces and their coherence or unity, was for Vasily Kandinsky the basis of the new ‘harmony’, as he concluded in Concerning the Spiritual in Art. Kazimir Malevich called consonance and dissonance and their unity in the work of art the ‘new aesthetic’, in the opening paragraph of his 1919, On New Systems in Art / Statics & Speed. Malevich writes that this new aesthetic, this new means of affecting the feelings directly through artistic means, is seen in nature by the artist as “painterly masses in motion and at rest, … the unity of diverse painterly forms; … the symmetry and harmony of contrasting elements”, the painter rejoicing in nature’s “flow of forces and their harmony”. Similarly, sitting before his canvas, the painter:

“regulates the flowing forces of colour and painterly energy in a multiplicity of forms, lines, planes; he also creates forms and the different elements of their signs and achieves a unity of contrasts on the surface of his picture. Thus the creation of contrasts between forms leads to a single harmony in the body of the construction without which creation would be inconceivable.” (In Malevich on Suprematism, University of Iowa Museum of Art, 1999, p.55.)

And all this because the contrasts set up by consonance and dissonance produce a harmony of the feelings. Pure painting had led to pure aesthetics, one that was of and for the feelings alone (without the intervention of thinking through mimesis), while awakening consciousness, the mind. This is why artists claimed that art was finally fulfilling its true task.

Since painting had become abstract after 1910, it could certainly be talked about in the same way as Schopenhauer had described music. Abstract painting was rhythm touching the feelings directly so now, it too, like music, was a ‘copy of the world will’. No longer passing through objects of the world but passing over them, no longer depicting only fragments of reality, abstract painting, like music, was independent of the phenomenal world of objects. Abstract painting objectifies the will itself, directly (no longer indirectly through ‘mimesis’, the imitation of the phenomenal world) through its artistic means and their arrangement, also like music.

Abstract painting, however, had taken a further step: because it embodies pure rhythm, which takes place in time, whilst existing as an object in space, abstract art brought time and space together in a way that had been inconceivable for Schopenhauer and 19th century painting and sculpture. Abstract art was a reconciliation of fundamental opposites. As the union of space and time, abstraction was both ‘representation’, or pure forms, and ‘will’, or pure energy, it was particular and universal, it was material and essence – that essence that sings its way through all eternity in every living thing.”

© Patricia Railing 2005

Dr Patricia Railing has published widely on early 20th century abstract art. She is director of Artists.Bookworks which publishes artists’ books and writings of the early 20th century.  See:  https://artistsbookworks.co.uk/

This piece was originally published in Philosophy Now Issue 50, as follows:  https://philosophynow.org/issues/50/Why_Abstract_Painting_Isnt_Music

Included in this blog by kind permission.

I am delighted to find this article and I find it vastly helpful and insightful.   It certainly describes excellently what my painting means to me and how I see it functioning.  It is amusing to me that I have recently started learning African hand drumming and am very excited about rhythm and movement, seeing a connection between the drumming, dancing (which I have often done when painting, often wearing clogs!) and movement in general.  Since my knee replacement and the experience of pain and disability, and of having my movement restricted, the importance is felt even more deeply.  I am very much looking forward to the Summer this year, when I plan to work on some bigger paintings which incorporate recent developments in my practice.

The Smell of Paint!

Walking into a gallery in Cork Street last December  made a big impression on me but not for the reasons you might think!

The SMELL!

Paint fumes!  They had painted the walls with thick emulsion paint, and the sculpture on show was also painted.   I told them about the smell, and asked if it was the walls or the sculptures.  They told me the sculptures had been repainted and that it was that but it smelt like both vinyl emulsion and enamel paint to my nifty nose!

It was the Waddington Custot Gallery,  (Waddington Custot 11 Cork Street, London W1S 3LT) and the show was very good.  Here is some blurb quoted from the website:

“David Annesley (b. 1936, London) received early recognition for his colour sculptures at The New Generation: 1965 show at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. The exhibition showcased a new generation of sculptors who had been taught by Anthony Caro at St Martin’s School of Art in London in the early sixties. The new approach was defined by the placement of sculptures directly on the ground, allowing them to occupy the same floor-space as the viewer; the use of new materials such as fibreglass, aluminium and plastic, which were less expensive and more practical than traditional bronze; and the use of bright colours.”

I enjoyed looking around, and enjoyed the effect of the shadows on the work immensely.  That, and the wonderful experience of three dimensions and all that walking around, back and forth, and playing around with the angles and other joys that sculpture has which the flat 2D plane hasn’t!

https://www.waddingtoncustot.com/artists/150-david-annesley/works/11184/

However, the feeling of space was spoilt for me by the fumes of the paint!

As they had just painted the walls it seemed a bit late to tell them about Keim silica sol paint and how much better it would be if they had painted the walls with it!  The smell from the sculpture was only half of it, I am certain about that!

Paint to love…

The kind of paint you use in your home or work environment is very important.  There is such a thing as indoor pollution, and the experience of walking around that gallery really brought that home to  me.  Indoor pollution is caused by things like building materials, heating, chemicals and cleaners, materials and furnishing, paints and solvents, and mould and bacteria.   Unfortunately we are  not always very  aware of this.  I was thinking of using some blue loo fluid recently in some painting. I wanted to use the colour as it is very violently blue and as I am trying to use materials I already have as I start to experiment with working on a larger scale.  I guessed it has no binders in it, but the synthetic dye itself is very strong and I thought it would be interesting to play with.  Until I found out that it had formaldehyde in it! Among other things.  That put me off the idea, so I let that one go.

I am not thinking I need to ban these chemicals from my life and work entirely, as this wouldn’t be practical.  But it is important to be aware of VOCs, … Volatile Organic Compounds.  VOCs are chemicals like formaldehyde, Benzene, Toluene,  Acetaldehyde.   Conventional paint finishes do contribute to poorer indoor air quality by releasing VOCs.  Sad, but true.  Of course,  I use acrylic paints in my fine art paintings…Yes, like many artists, the event of acrylics has opened up new avenues to us.  Plastics have changed the way we live.  I think of acrylic paints as working with liquid plastic. Not a nice thought, but we live in the age we live in!  There are useful qualities about PVA and acrylics, as there are of all plastics.  Indeed, I am currently spending quite a bit of time experimenting with plastic.  Never thought that would happen!  But at the same time, I feel concern about pollution and the environment.

It was when I started researching for the mural at Trafalgar Junior School several years back, that I spent some time looking into more ecologically friendly paint and this was when I discovered the virtues and qualities of it.  I looked at many different types of paint and materials, and worked on the mural with both Beeckosil and Keim Soldalit.   I preferred the Keim Soldalit, which is a third generation silica sol mineral paint, because of its ease of use.  It was easier to manipulate on the vertical surface of the walls, and I used it for the linear elements.  Silicate paint of all kinds has a much better light reflective quality, and how paint reflects light is pretty much an essential interest for any painter!

Though I have not continued with painting murals due to my knee problem,  now I have my new knee, at least I can experiment again with painting on a large scale and also using my new found mobility in my work.  Action, movement, motion.  Rhythm.   I am liking the sound of it all!   I can now stand as long as I need to.  Even dance!  The only problem I have right now is lack of wall space and lack of floor space!   I did paint a painting on the outside of the house with a roller a few years back, which is nice, but painting the outside of the house is not very transportable work, and I do like to take my work to other places, not just in the home!

I am currently involved in a lot of experiments with more substrates and Keim Optil.   I am thinking along the lines that as long as I know the qualities and limitations of the paint I work with, I will know how far I can push it or not.  And in terms of the pigment looseness on certain substrates and the flexibility, or lack of, of the paint on certain substrates, as long as I know what I am working with, all will be well.  It may be that I produce some temporary paintings, or it may be that I produce some paintings which need to be kept behind glass.  It may also be that I find some options which would not conventionally be acceptable, ie not working to the usual criteria necessary for practical use in other spheres, ie interior or exterior decorative purposes, but which would be interesting and do-able in the arena of fine art.  It is not likely that I will be posting or publicising what I do for a couple of years, as I find it takes a few years to find a direction worth walking in.  Indeed,  I have been using the Keim silica-sol paint in my work for several years already, though often in combination with acrylic paints.

Nothing should be rushed.  Even the newest things need time to die first before they come alive again.  It’s the same with glass.  I have an undercurrent of using that in my paintings which goes back a fair few years now.  And I have only just begun. The trouble and delight of using different materials in painting is they open up so many different avenues that it is quite possible to get lost very quickly.  Hence the necessary reserve and holding back on quickness to display what I am up to! Besides, it’s a tender process, this painting matter.  It’s all quite vulnerable at first, new ventures.  I think it will be interesting to relinquish my need for permanence and to produce some work which may be of a temporary nature.  The main thing is that the nature of the work is clear.

I am actually quite a pedant when it comes to materials.   I take great care in ensuring my paintings are light fast, sealed, with no loose pigment, unless displayed under glass. I think about the practical considerations for a person who collects my art work and wants it to last as long as possible, and too be cleanable, practical and enduring!  Yet I am thinking new thoughts also, about an openness to exploring in some different ways.  With paintings which I may not keep, or which may not last maybe?   I may experiment with that as well.  I think as long as an artist knows the material they work with, they can risk playing around!  And I certainly know my materials.

Using recycled materials as much as I can, is something I plan to do.  Even in my house, I have plenty of materials to hand.  I was disappointed to find out that my local borough does not have a community paint recycling scheme!  A lot of needless waste is created by the lack of such schemes.  I have written to the local waste department, and to their credit, they are looking into the matter.  I am going to need to buy a little bit of vinyl emulsion for sure, but I would like to buy as little as possible.  Well, I cannot actually afford to buy very much, but this doesn’t matter.  It is probably just as well!   Using  mineral paints is my preferred option  and is much nicer to use, looks beautiful and holds a lot more promise.   I like the inorganic oxide pigments much better.  Having said that, I am currently also experimenting with the synthetic dyes available a lot, though obviously NOT in the silica sol mineral paints!  It’s getting interesting seeing the different directions I am being taken in with these two very different types of paint and pigment!

Keim  silica sol mineral paints are environmentally friendly and sustainable, VOC and solvent free, odourless and non-toxic, anti-bacterial and breathable, and basically brilliant!

https://www.keim.com/en-gb/

For my purposes,  acrylics and vinyl emulsion paints are OK, in small quantities only!

Plastics etc are very useful, but we don’t seem to be handling them very well in terms of looking after our environment and our lovely world.

My oil paints seem to have been put aside for the time being.  I have nowhere to dry oil paintings!  This is another problem with not having an interior space of dedicated use for painting.  The studio tent is still rather too cold to work in right now.

Not Drawing…

Yeah, I am not drawing much of late.  I like drawing from life.  But I have other tasks which just seem more pressing.   But not drawing doesn’t mean I am not looking.  It’s making that mental space to dwell on what you see.  It can be recorded and interpreted, or just taken in.  But the main thing is the looking.   I guess.  Will, it will have to be, for me right now, for the time being!

Here is some past drawing.

The rear access roads in Chessington were a bit of a refuge for me, and a very good place for drawing!

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

rear access roads chessington art jenny meehan

Sitting outside and drawing was lovely, and I still remember the very kind lady who gave me a sweet, and the worried looking cats whose territory I was invading!  But these drawings in no way convey the feeling or the desolation I felt.  The grief and the void.  They cannot convey the place I was in, even though they depict it.  They were enjoyable enough to produce, and I do like a bit of drawing from time to time, but they don’t reveal any strong interest.  The visual experience which held me fast and touched me, which sung out for the future and which offered a sense of direction, was all to do with paint, surfaces, texture, and some beautiful revelation possibly neatly summed up particularly in  two photographs I took.  Though they were just two of many, for I took photograph after photograph of my observations in the rear access roads of Chessington, it was “Wall Painting” and……

 

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Speaking Out Project

Just realised that there is this record of one of the projects I was involved with a few years back.  It was an excellent project, so do take a look:   Speaking out.

It was a fantastic privilege to be involved in this. As someone who experienced violence from a very young age and who has done a  lot of work in psychotherapy to recover from the trauma of it, my involvement in the project, while challenging, did serve as a means to focus thoughts in a way which it would have been easier to avoid. While no one wants to be re-traumatised, I have found in my own creative practice that working visually, and with poetry, can help me come to terms with what has happened, and helps me make something positive from adversity.  I hope this may serve someone else in some way, who has had a similar experience.  Articulation, be it written or visual, can sound a sound and resonate in another human being in a way which can help facilitate healing. Maybe it is just bringing some kind of order into being?  A sense is felt.  It’s a comfort in itself maybe? A recognition? Because though we are all completely different, we do share in our suffering.   For in understanding a feeling, there can be a meeting of sorts.  I don’t know.  I am not a theorist.  But it’s good to wonder!

What is happening this year?

Well, the Kingston Artists’ Open Studios!

I will be taking part once more.  So pencil in your diary!

OS18 will be taking place on 9/10th and 16/17th June 2018 from 11am to 5pm each day

Open to all artists and makers living or working in the Kingston area
Kingston Artists Open Studios is a group of artists and makers based in and around Kingston. Our main annual event is our open studios when we open our studios to the public for two weekends in the summer. But our members are active throughout the year, taking part in exhibitions and events both nationally and internationally. See: 

http://www.kingstonartistsopenstudios.co.uk/

http://www.kingstonartists.co.uk/

A Prayer of Anselm (1033-1109)

 Jesus, like a mother you gather your people to you;

you are gentle with us as a mother with her children.

Often you weep over our sins and our pride,

tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgement.

You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds,

in sickness you nurse us, and with pure milk you feed us.

Jesus, by your dying we are born to new life;

by your anguish and labour we come forth in joy.

Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness;

through your gentleness we find comfort in fear.

Your warmth gives life to the dead,

your touch makes sinners righteous.

Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us;

in your love and tenderness remake us.

In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness,

for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us.

Amen.

 

Such a beautiful prayer. 

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https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams?asc=u

See some of my paintings on my personal website jamartlondon.com

 

 

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Come and meet me this year at the Kingston Artists’ Open Studios!
KAOS OPEN STUDIOS 10th/11th and 17th/18th June 2017 11 – 5pm at Studio KAOS 2 , 14 Liverpool Road Kingston KT2 7SZ
It’s no time at all! So pop this in your diary and make yourself a nice day out. Walk by the river in Kingston, Stroll in the park, walk along the studio trail, pop into a little cafe! Meet KAOS (we are a lovely bunch of creatives) and take a look at what we love investing ourselves into! And if you are someone who does collect art, be it just a few pieces or many, make a good choice and visit the artists direct…You can talk with us and find out more about the work in a way that you wouldn’t be able to do in a different context.
There are  over 90 artists showing work!  I am showing at KAOS 2, along with 8 other artists:
Sandra Beccarelli, Cressida Borrett, Lizzie Brewer, Caroline Calascione, Ikuko Danby, Bali Edwards, Yuka Maeda, and Anna Tikhomirova! See you there!

http://www.kingstonartistsopenstudios.co.uk/

 

Snails in the Studio

Still recovering from my knee replacement surgery, but getting around a bit more now.  The snails may well be moving more quickly than me!

abstract expressionist collage painting jenny meehan jamartlondon snail in the studio artists studio paintings

the snail in the studio jenny meehan abstract painting

 

 

This  painting-collage includes the munch marks of the snails who share my outdoor studio with me.  A market stall steel frame covered in reinforced heavy duty translucent tarpaulin is excellent for the purposes of working in when the weather is not too cold or damp.  I share this wonderful space with my snail friends.  Who also work slowly but very steadily, munching away at my painted cardboard samples of colours and textures and excreting them into multicoloured snail poo and card combinations.  There is none of their waste matter on the collage-painting but some of the card with the munch marks on it.  I find the effect quite attractive.  Sometimes very good things come from the most unexpected places!

I titled the work “Snail in the Studio” after my fellow workers…As interested as I am, in colour, which must satisfy something in them. They devour and work their way through the painted cardboard samples and they do add something to them!  I decided not to fight with them, but just go along with what was happening, so the painting offers them a place in my work!  There are a lot of images of knights fighting snails in old manuscripts, I have discovered. As those familiar with 13th and 14th century illuminated manuscripts can attest, images of armed knights fighting snails are common, especially in marginalia.

Different people have many different theories about what the image of a knight fighting a snail might be symbolising. The Continuum Encyclopedia of Animal Symbolism in Art says:  “The snail was a symbol of sloth and of those who are content with things of the material world at the expense of striving for the spiritual”.  I don’t quite get that one, because the snails in my studio are far from slothful.  They are manic and move very fast indeed.  They are industrious and ravenous beasts! They are certainly concerned with material things though.  Great consumers!  So if consumption is the point, then they may be symbolic of appetite I think.  And the knight to slay the fleshly appetites might be a possible route to go down.

Another idea might be that snails love to eat bark, paper, cardboard,  and similar materials. As far as the monks go, (bearing in mind their books would often be stored in damp places, maybe cellars or similar) I am sure they were very much aware of the risk of damage to their manuscripts/books from snails, and it makes a lot of sense for them to maybe depict this battle against potential destruction of their life work. Snails would be a suitable “enemy” for a bookish monk, bearing in mind their main occupation was producing manuscripts.  Maybe, including the image of the knight fighting the snail, would be a way of asserting that the word and the message of the text, recorded for continuity to be passed through the ages, would overcome any decay or destructive influences.  And also, this would resonate with their own very practical battle of protecting the work from snails eating it!

The “Snails in the Studio” painting includes my little nod, to the snails.  The studio tent is certainly a place of contemplation…As well as paint, I pray and meditate in this set apart space.  I reflect and review, sometimes read, and drink tea as much as possible. It is my holy place, my mini monastery, the place most available to me when I want to focus in on the inner room of my life.  And this is the best place to paint in, because of it being a dedicated space.

The snail — the archetypal slow creature, paradoxically endowed with implacable destructive power —might represent the agonising impossibility of accomplishing all that we hope to, because of the limits of time, and the knight  could teach us that we must nevertheless battle against the snail despite the inevitability of defeat.  I like this idea very much indeed. The reason being I think that in the context of my knee replacement surgery, and the long recovery and rehabilitation process, I am constantly facing the reality of not being able to accomplish all that I hope to, because I cannot rush time… I cannot make it go faster and I cannot speed up the process of recovery.  I am subject to time and it is only time that will reap gradual improvement. My giant metaphorical time-snail is felt to be very big at the moment!  So it’s a slightly different angle on time… but still orientated around the desire to achieve being confounded by the pace/passage of time!

In heraldry, the snail has a fixed meaning of perseverance and deliberation.  Certainly need plenty of that at the moment!

Thinking of snails in relation to reading, “The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story by Jenny Meehan” is now in an abridged form.  You can get to it by following this link, and the link is also on the side bar of this blog under “Pages”.

https://jennymeehan.wordpress.com/abridged-version-of-the-very-patient-knee-replacement-story-by-jenny-meehan/  It is still pretty long, so skimming may be a good idea!

Here’s a happy image of me walking around. With crutches I can now walk for a whole 40 minutes!  That’s more than I could do before the knee replacement!

walking after TKR

walking after TKR

 

 

Health Care

I have an ongoing interest in healthcare.  Earlier on in life I worked for ten years as a dental nurse.  It wasn’t planned.  Just a matter of leaving my DATEC Diploma in Art and Design course at Richmond Upon Thames College before the end, disillusioned and despondent.  Needing to leave home quickly.  Needing somewhere to live.  Needing money to be able to live.  So away with the art and into some nursing.  There was a Dental Surgery in Hampton Wick and as it was nearby and familiar (because it was were I had my own dental check ups!) I went along.  Didn’t expect to get the job.  Didn’t like it very much at first, but in the end, got rather enthusiastic.  Trained.

Looking back it was a very suitable job for me.   A good move.  What is more, it enabled me to go to University later as a mature student in my late twenties, as it was just the right kind of job to have while studying at the same time.  No work to take home.  And plenty of work available.  And enjoyable.  I did enjoy dental nursing very much indeed. And the whole role of nursing is such a valuable one.  It makes such a difference to a persons experiences when they feel vulnerable, afraid and anxious.  It is nice to help people in such situations.  To calm and reassure them.

I was very pleased to be part of “The Art of Caring”  http://www.artofcaring.org.uk/ in 2016 and went along to several events celebrating  International Nurses Day which reminded me what an important profession it is.

For 2017 “The Art of Caring”

The Theme
Although your art/photo should respond to the theme of Caring/Care we will be giving special attention to those artworks which respond to the theme of Sustainability. This is because the worldwide theme for International Nurses Day in 2017 is Nursing: A voice to lead – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Sustainability
The ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.
Avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance
Or your interpretation of the theme…….
The Exhibitions
The Art of Caring is split into two clear exhibitions.
The first is at St George’s Hospital (3rd-12th May 2017) where printed postcards of your artwork are displayed on the walls of the hospital to help celebrate International Nurses Day. This is an inclusive exhibition.
The second is at St Pancras Hospital (July-October 2017) and uses a mixture of original artworks and printed postcards. Works will be selected by Arts Project curators Peter Herbert and Elaine Harper-Gay.
With my knee replacement experiences of needing care and treatment, the value of those working in healthcare was brought afresh to me.  As part of my experience I began to be aware of other forces at work, and realised that my experience of the health service was affected by many different ebbs and flows.  I discovered the Kings Fund, and the discovery was very helpful. https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/six-ways
Quote from the link:
“In The King’s Fund report Thinking about rationing, Rudolf Klein and Jo Maybin describe a useful framework for understanding the different ways in which access to high-quality care can be limited by commissioners and providers, building on earlier work by Roy Parker. Their typology outlines six ways in which patients can be affected by financial pressures and provides a useful means of examining what is happening in local health systems.
  1. Deflection
  2. Delay
  3. Denial
  4. Selection
  5. Deterrence
  6. Dilution

The first five categories relate to restrictions on access to care, the final category (dilution) relates to reductions in the quality of care.”  credit: written on 31 March 2016 Ruth Robertson

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So you see above my contribution to the theme “Sustainability”.

On the theme of knee replacement surgery,  the recovery and  rehabilitation from my surgery which was on the 8th March is certainly a marathon.  But I’m doing my exercises!  Getting there slowly.  My experience of being cared for in hospital was amazing! It couldn’t have been better! So impressed!   I wrote a lot about it in “The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story by Jenny Meehan” which is on a separate page of this blog.  Look to the right hand side under pages and you can follow the link to it there if knee replacement surgery and patients experience of it is of interest to you! As well as the full version, which had colour coded text to help selective reading, “The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story by Jenny Meehan” is now in an abridged form.  You can get to it by following this link, and the link is also on the side bar of this blog under “Pages”.

https://jennymeehan.wordpress.com/abridged-version-of-the-very-patient-knee-replacement-story-by-jenny-meehan/  It is still pretty long, so skimming may be a good idea!

 

Here is the introduction to the full version, as a sample of the reading experience.  I do go on!!!!!

Full Version of “The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story by Jenny Meehan”

Warning!  This is VERY long.  For the abridged version of  “The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story by Jenny Meehan ” follow this link: https://jennymeehan.wordpress.com/abridged-version-of-the-very-patient-knee-replacement-story-by-jenny-meehan/

No Problem/Moving On abstract art print by Jenny Meehan jamartlondon.com bright bold motivational art for physiotherapy experience personal mobility challenges, jenny meehan,

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Introduction to “The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story” by Jenny Meehan

Before I start, or should I say finish, bearing in mind that this post at the beginning, is the post at the end of the story, even though it is not the end of the story, because it is also the beginning…

You are clear on that, yes?  !!!

Never mind! It depends which way round you choose to read this!

You will need patience to read this story.  But I am needing so much patience myself, and it’s a good thing to cultivate.  So it might be useful for you to bear with me.    “The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story” will be added to, probably in a couple of months time, as I am still writing it periodically.  So, here is the full version of “The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story” as it stands on 4th April 2017.   If you want a much shorter read on a patients experience of knee replacement surgery and recovery, then I have posted some extracts from my story as part of a post I made for April 2017. And there is the abridged version!

Warning! This present version is VERY long! (Around the length of a PhD!) It has some text in a different colour, so that if you are not interested in exercises or mental meandering, you can be aided in your reading by knowing which areas to skip over with ease. Information I’ve found in the expanse of the internet will often be in sea green. Text related to physiotherapy and exercises will be in orange, and mental meanderings will be in blue. You can then jump right over those in your reading if you wish.  Even if you do that, it’s still a good two hour read! But I couldn’t bear to cut the text out, and didn’t think it right to, even if not of interest to the majority,  because if you are considering a knee replacement, I can tell you now, you will need to make yourself interested in exercises and mental meandering, because it is likely you will be doing a fair amount of both! And you will need patience.

If you do prefer a shorter version then follow the link to the abridged version: https://jennymeehan.wordpress.com/abridged-version-of-the-very-patient-knee-replacement-story-by-jenny-meehan/

I have called this “The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story” as it features a chapter of my life which, while it is still ongoing, (my knee replacement surgery was recently carried out on the 8th March 2017), was one of those experiences where time takes on a new dimension, and patience, as a virtue, does come into its own. The story as it stands at present, covers the time period from January 2017  to a couple of weeks after my knee replacement surgery,  but  it alludes back in time, (rather a lot!) as I recall the past, and try and make some kind of sense from it.

I think I have realised that what often happens in life, is we are very patient, but not out of choice, rather out of desperation, and a hope that something will change.   In some situations, patience is not a virtue.  Sometimes we wait, hoping, wondering, worrying, and being passive, but could be taking some action ourselves. We can wait too long for a change to happen and in the process of doing so, cause ourselves and others, a lot of distress.  We sometimes have some control over what happens, even if only a small amount, and we need to take it.  It might be the smallest of actions. A change of mind, or of direction.   A few questions asked.  An attempt at trying some new venture, or seeking any small thing which might help, clarify, or educate.  We might need to question something, and challenge it, rather than accept it.  We might need to raise our expectations both of ourselves and of how others treat us.  We may need to find faith in the process, where we currently harbour only doubt.  Just sitting there and waiting, while sometimes the right thing to do, isn’t always the right thing.

Waiting is not the same as patience.  Sometimes you can be patient, but choose not to wait.

I have been patient, but I did not want to wait, because I felt the timing for having knee replacement surgery on my very arthritic  (I prefer the term “screwed up”) right knee was ripe.  Now the knee replacement surgery  is done, and the story and journey continue, and indeed, I know in my heart of hearts, it was right to have this surgery now.  I’m a “young” knee replacement recipient, at just 52,  so in the decision for a knee replacement at this point is also embedded the prospect of revision surgery in the future.  It will take a long time to reap the benefits fully, but I am already reaping them now, just a few weeks post-operatively, and all the distress of the last two years can fade into the background.  This hasn’t happened quite yet, as you will see from my narrative, but it is happening, and it is happening in the light of me having a life which I can now walk through, with some chance of regularly being able to walk for an hour, and probably even more.  If this expectation seems a little low, and it probably is, it is because my expectations with respect to my quality of life shrunk before my eyes, and this alarming experience was made all the more alarming by the thoughts which were sown in my mind that it was reasonable simply to accept what was happening and live with it.  I did not accept these ideas in the end, though I toyed with them for a while,  and felt a certain amount of pressure to accept them.

I hope my writing about my experience, and sharing some of the thought processes I went through, will help someone else in some way.  Every person’s situation is different and everyone’s knees are different.  The knee is the largest load bearing joint of the body, and this, for me, is as well as being a simple fact, is also profoundly resonant psychologically.  Because my story is one not just of the problems with this load bearing joint, but the psychological load bearing which my knee has brought me into. The struggle involved in  making a decision to have elective knee replacement surgery, and the need for determination and faith at a time  when I was  already pretty discouraged and distressed.  (Anxious and depressed, at times, in the end!)  And it is a story of patience.  When feeling the pressure.

Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is “timing”
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.”
― Fulton J. Sheen

Patience is  born from our inability to control much in our lives, and while we by our very natures, like to be in control, the reality is that while we exert control in some areas, we find ourselves in this vast pool of life, subject to all kinds of forces, influences, situations, people,  and experiences which we do not have any control over at all. Or very little.   Sometimes we did have control of an area of our life, at least in part, but did not see it, either because we were unwilling or unable to. Sometimes we were simply subjects, and didn’t have the power or ability to change things. We are broken, and lack insight at times to recognise what is going on. We misunderstand others and we misunderstand ourselves.  I think often the hardest person to understand in our life is ourselves, and we are also often the hardest person to get along with!

In this quest for understanding and getting along with ourselves, we  encounter our broken parts…our injured internal limbs, which stop us from moving as freely as we would like to move.  This “The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story” which orbits around my personal experience with osteoarthritis of my right knee and the decision for getting my knee surgically treated, is a personal narrative, first and foremost, which might be of interest to other obese 52 year olds who are considering elective surgery.  Or others, of other ages, who are not obese, but who are considering knee replacement surgery! It might be interesting for anyone working with patients having knee replacement surgery, or “TKR”s, as they are often termed.  (Total Knee Replacements). It’s not the usual type of patient account/diary/story of TKR, as I let myself dwell in waters deep; a little theological here and there, a bit philosophical, a little bit practical, with some research and some emotional angst as well.  It’s long. You’ve been warned!  It has many extra miles in it, and like my life at the moment, cannot be rushed through!  Recovery is a slow process. But gives me a lot of time to write!

My experience of increased pain and disability due to osteoarthritis in my right knee was something which came upon me rather more suddenly than I could ever have imagined, and it changed my life dramatically from the beginning of 2015 onward.  With my knee replacement surgery in March 2017, the journey is not over, but it is significantly altered, as is my life, which is  already much better.  I am not sure how unusual such a rapid deterioration of a knee joint is, and I do not have the means to judge my own experience in a comparative way, with others,  but I imagine that my previous injury to the knee in 2010, no doubt contributed to the state of the knee being quite as dire as it was.   Well, whatever the whys and wherefores, this is my knee replacement story as it stands (rather nice and straight!) at the moment. I have kept my narrative centred on myself, and not included all the wonderful, lovely people who have helped me through this time.  I prefer to keep confidentiality unless specific permission has been given by people I write about, but one of the fantastically valuable aspects of my experience has been the way I have realised how much God can bless, work, and use people, working in hearts, minds, words and understanding, to knit together, in a healing way, the wounds we all carry and experience in our lives. It’s been a wonderful last few months.

I trust you’ll get something worthwhile from it, if you are patient enough to read it, that is!  Though I have packed it into some form of organisation, also strays this way and that, meandering, in the style of my usual blog “Jenny Meehan, Contemporary Artist’s Journal – The Artist’s Meandering Discourse”.    Written from my perspectives as a Christian, aspects of my faith are shared as they are an integral part of my life, and my understanding of my experience is that it has very much been a matter of me learning to trust God, to wait patiently, and to expect good things.  But trusting God, waiting patiently, and expecting good things, are not passive, and do not preclude taking actions or making decisions.  Indeed, the power and ability and strength to take action, comes from “Waiting on God”. The timing, the principles, the way.  As I quoted earlier, but will again, because it is of the essence of what I have learnt through this experience:

“Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is “timing”
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.”
― Fulton J. Sheen

As a believer in a marvellously mysterious Creator, yet one also intimately involved in our lives, (if we wish this to be so), I can see how I muddle through things, often rather blindly, and in my stumbling around, often make things quite hard for myself.  However, through all this, God manages to work, and writing this story also means I can look back and be reminded afresh of this time.  Whatever happens with my knee replacement in the future…that great unknown… nothing can take away the rich and rewarding aspects of this experience.  Though it certainly has not been easy, this experience  is one through which I have made progress, and also gained more faith through.

Sometimes when writing, people dedicate their writing to others, and I dedicate this piece of writing to the wonderful people who have been part of this experience; the friends, family, and NHS staff, my surgeon, and all those who made it possible for me to get where I am at the moment.  Anyone who has helped me in any way.  You know who you are!  And I also dedicate it to my knee, which though it found the pressure too much to bear without some reformation, still continues to bear my weight, even while traumatised and healing.

It’s early days.  But I’ve come forward miles already.

Here goes…Be patient!

Most recent entry is first. “The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story by Jenny Meehan”  can be read either way, from the present backwards, or in chronological order.

Well that’s the introduction!  If you are brave enough to read it, you may find you enter your own experience of being a knight fighting a snail, because it does go on!!!!   I am hoping it might be of use to those who do have a knee replacement operation.  It’s very helpful to read of other peoples experiences. 

Meditation Garden

Very pleased to see what is happening in the garden at the moment!

 

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And I have spent quite a bit of time pottering around in the garden, which is very enjoyable!  Plus doing what I am able to do for the:

Forthcoming Kingston Artists’ Open Studios for 2017

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“No Fear” painting by jenny meehan abstract lyrical expressionist british paintings jenny meehan

 

“No Fear” is one of the paintings I plan to bring along and show as part of this years Kingston Artists’ Open Studios.

Interesting among  other things for the combination of some of my more graphic strands of working, for example, the “Signs of the Times” series (of which “Meditation Garden” is one) but this time happening in paint, with, quite literally, a more lyrical edge to it.  Plus the joys of action painting!

To simplify one’s painting from time to time is a helpful habit.  It tends to get over involved if you are not careful.  That is OK to a point but it can be a slippery  slope to lost perspective.

 

Emily Carr Quote:

Emily Carr. Carr said “Art is art, nature is nature, you cannot improve upon it… Pictures should be inspired by nature, but made in the soul of the artist; it is the soul of the individual that counts.”

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Above “Dear Life” photograph by Jenny Meehan © Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights Reserved

 

Well, because of all the time I am spending with my knee surgery rehabilitation, I am going to finish promptly, for a change!  Do come along and see me at the Open Studios if you can.  Feel free to email me and let me know if you are coming and introduce yourself when you visit!  Remember:

KAOS OPEN STUDIOS 10th/11th and 17th/18th June 2017 11 – 5pm at Studio KAOS 2 , 14 Liverpool Road Kingston KT2 7SZ
It’s no time at all! So pop this in your diary and make yourself a nice day out. Walk by the river in Kingston, Stroll in the park, walk along the studio trail, pop into a little cafe! …Visit several studios and meet lots of artists! You can talk with us and find out more about the work in a way you wouldn’t be able to do in a different context.
There are 90 artists showing work in total. I am showing at KAOS 2, along with 8 other artists:
Sandra Beccarelli, Cressida Borrett, Lizzie Brewer, Caroline Calascione, Ikuko Danby, Bali Edwards, Yuka Maeda, and Anna Tikhomirova! See you there!

http://www.kingstonartistsopenstudios.co.uk/

 

About Jenny Meehan 

 Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) is a painter-poet, artist-author
inspired by contemplative practices including prayer and mindfulness,
Christ-centred spirituality, various psychoanalytic themes
and trauma recovery processes.
See examples of her painting at jamartlondon.com

Germination Image

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I have just done some framing.  Knee is painful. Knee cap is grating.  But framing brings quick and impressive feelings to the forefront of the mind.  So nice to see the printed image sitting so comfortably in it’s position.

Escape from Death Image

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The actual print has less of a colour contrast than how the image shows here on screen.  I altered it a bit for the print so it is more subtle.

Knee Replacement Season

Well, I start a new journey soon into the land of knee replacement.  So I may be working on some digital images for a while rather than working on larger paintings.   I do have some small scale projects I can work on.  The months of December, January, February and March tend to be a little more sedentary anyway.  So it should work out quite well.

Going into hospital has suddenly reminded me of my “real name”… for I am a Jennifer Meehan not actually a Jenny Meehan.  I have used Jenny Meehan since around the age of 18 when I left home.  When people call me Jennifer I seem to loose a few years and am reminded of how I was when living at home in my parents house.  Well, that is one way to loose a few years I guess!  It is odd when you are suddenly referred to with a name you do not use anymore.

 

Past painting…

Sack of a Great House/Arise, Sleeper

Painting experiment with acrylic,pigments,textures - Jenny Meehan

“Arise, Sleeper, Wake/Sack Of A Great House” Jenny Meehan 2010

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This painting is an early example of my experimentation with texture in my work.  It may well be the first time I used fillers of different sorts.  That was back in 2010.

Ephesians 5 v14  “This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

 

Jenny Meehan, Oil painting experiment, 2010

UnderPainting for an Oncoming Vision/The River Within  by Jenny Meehan  2010

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Under Painting for an Oncoming Vision/The River Within is an example of some of my earlier work.  In this painting I was experimenting with glazes.  Oil on board.  In the flesh the painting does radiate light in a very pleasing way.  You cannot quite get that from looking at it on a screen.

 

 

Interesting information on Gloss and Emulsion Paint

Well, you know I appreciate that this won’t get everyone excited, but for me as a painter when I find nice clear information on paint, I am very happy indeed!  Someone mentioned gloss paint to me in conversation and it is not something I have tried, so this maybe something for the new year.

Gloss or emulsion

When we buy a can of paint we expect to be able to apply it with a brush or roller and for it to dry leaving behind a solid film. To achieve this paints are made up of a mixture of different components. Although paints designed for different purposes will have different formulations, they all have some key features in common.
Paints contain a pigment to give colour, including white; a film former that binds the pigment particles together and binds them to the surface to be painted; a liquid that makes it easier to apply the paint and additives to make the basic paint better to store and to use.

The two main types of paint are gloss and emulsion. (My addition, well, not quite, but for domestic household use, yes!)

Gloss Paint
Gloss paint is widely used because it produces an attractive shiny surface that is so durable that it can be used outside. The binder or film former in gloss paint is called an alkyd resin. This is a long chain polymer made by reacting a vegetable oil such as soya bean or linseed oil with an alcohol and an organic acid. The resin is dissolved in an aliphatic petroleum solvent, so that it can be spread easily. When the solvent evaporates, the oxygen of the air interacts with the resin which results in the formation of cross links between the polymer molecules and produces a strong, dry film.
A typical gloss paint formulation
Component Percentage by mass
Alkyd resin binder 54
Pigment 25
Solvent 17
Additives 4
(Additives might be driers and anti-skin agents)
Emulsion Paint
Some paints are emulsions . They are made up of tiny droplets of liquid polymer binder spread out in, rather than dissolved in water. This emulsion can be spread easily.
The polymer is made by the addition polymerisation of alkene monomers such as ethenyl ethanoate, methyl 2-methylpropenoate and 2-ethylhexyl acrylate. These monomers can be mixed in different proportions before polymerisation to form a co-polymer which has exactly the right properties for the purpose it is to be used for.

After an emulsion paint is applied, the water evaporates and the polymer particles pack closely and fuse together to form a continuous film. The use of water rather than an organic liquid means that emulsion paints produce fewer VOC (volatile organic compounds) when they are used.
A typical emulsion paint formulation
Component Percentage by mass
Co-polymer binder 15 to 23
Pigment (white) 20
Pigment (colour) 0 to 5
Extenders 15 to 25
Water 25 to 50
Additives 2 to 5
(Additives might be antifreeze, dispersing aids, wetting agents, thickeners, biocides, low temperature drying aids, antifoam agent, coalescing solvent, ammonia)”

The above is quoted from: http://resources.schoolscience.co.uk/ICI/14-16/paints/paintch1pg1.html

 

I am so happy reading this! Crazy, Yes.  For sure!  Love Paint!

Quotes I like…

This below from http://abstractcritical.com/article/the-language-of-painting/

http://abstractcritical.com/article/the-language-of-painting/

by John Holland

Though it will deeply pain Mr. Gouk, I agree that art is not a language, except in the most metaphorical way. It’s not true to say that, “If art has a meaning, then it must be a language”; language is a particular conception, and all real languages share certain necessary features,such as modular units that must be arranged according to quite strict syntactical rules if they are to make sense. What are the equivalents in painting of tenses, verbs, word definitions? Any metaphorical application of the word ‘language’ to art (or music) is too vague to be useful. Maths, maybe, is the only thing that might meaningfully be called a non-verbal language.

As Gouk suggests, a work like Finnigan’s Wake pushes the rules about as far as they will go before sense breaks down- which is why, by and large, literature has had to ‘retreat’ since then to more conservative forms. There’s no equivalent in Modernist painting.
Art has meaning, but it lies largely outside language- this is why it fails when it tries to operate in essentially verbally structured contexts like political discourse.”

 

Art has meaning, but it lies largely outside language- this is why it fails when it tries to operate in essentially verbally structured contexts like political discourse.

 

Victor Brauner

I have been looking at some work by Victor Brauner recently, who I had not heard of before.  Here is some information on him.

Victor Brauner’s multi-media practice is now most closely associated with Surrealism. During his training at the School of Fine Arts in Bucharest, Brauner had in fact developed an expressionist style, which he later abandoned during his involvement with various Dadaist and Surrealist art publications. It was Yves Tanguy who formally introduced Brauner to the Surrealists and instigated his involvement with the movement. His practice, which included painting, drawing, and printmaking, drew from disparate symbolic systems like Tarot Cards, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and ancient Mexican texts. Brauner asserted that all of his paintings were autobiographical in some way. He led a turbulent life of constant displacement; anticipating the danger of World War II, Brauner reduced the dimensions of his canvases such that each could fit in his luggage for emergency travel—he called these his “suitcase paintings.”  (quoted from Artsy.net) 

And from my reading:

Dialogues; Conversations with European Artists at Mid-Century by Edouard Roditi
An interesting extract:
Victor Brauner interviewed by Edouard Roditi. A small extract from a longer interview.
ER: Do you believe that non formal abstract art can offer an artist a new kind of freedom?
BRAUNER: In theory perhaps, at least as long as it relies on chance to suggest meanings for its formlessness. In practice, however, it generally concerns itself with such problems only superficially and soon degenerates into a style of decoration that lacks any more articulated systems of beliefs, thought and emotion. In any case, such terms as figurative and non-figurative or formal and non formal suggest very superficial categories. An artist such as Paul Klee understood quite properly that he had to try his hand at any style that occurred to his mind, and this is how he managed to leave some works that are figurative and others that are nonfigurative – but all of them equally typical of his very personal genius.
ER So you would not advise an artist to seek too personal a style to which he would remain rigidly faithful in all his work?
BRAUNER : Certainly not. The modern art market requires that an artist specialise and, in the long run, repeat himself too. But what he then produces may no longer illustrate what remains indispensable to him as artistic expression – I mean a sense of adventure, of discovery and perhaps even of danger, of the risk of really making the wrong choice and of losing or destroying himself as an artist. Whenever I face a fresh canvas,I feel like a new man and become an utter stranger in my own eyes. When one faces this mystery of becoming and of self discovery and self-expression as an artist, one can no longer rely very much on what one has already achieved. But this is also why I can never have a very clear long-range plans. I do not want to become a specialist in any strictly limited style or range of subject matter, though I may actually find myself more often preoccupied by some problems or symbols than by others. Nor would I really be able to be such a specialist, even if I wanted. But this problem, fortunately, has never arisen in my life, and this may well be why I continue to feel the need to work and to create, as if I had never yet created anything in the past which I can still recognize as wholly my own”
At the time of this brief interview, Brauner was seriously ill and easily tired. A few weeks later Victor Brauner died and this was his last interview.

 

Interesting with respect to the matter of repetition, and what a wonderful quote:

Whenever I face a fresh canvas,I feel like a new man and become an utter stranger in my own eyes. When one faces this mystery of becoming and of self discovery and self-expression as an artist, one can no longer rely very much on what one has already achieved.

My own experience for the need for constant jumping into the dark, into the unknown, into the not previously explored avenues of the unfolding process of my painting, and how important it feels NOT to simply do something because it has worked well, or is popular, or has some other reason to be done, finds some agreement here.  This may not make commercial sense, however,  I ask myself what matters the most and what I personally think more important.  Freedom is a key not worth throwing away unless it is absolutely necessary to do so.   At the moment I am free to be led by whatever happens next, without needing to know what that whatever will be.  I do find that there are distinctive strands in my work, they resurface again and again; it just happens.  The art is to look back and consider them from a distance of time having passed, to ask if they have any direction to point one to, and to not force any coherence in one’s work, but simply let it happen.

 

Suburban Meditations/Painter’s Development Images…

Once more, a look into what caught me when my camera served as my main tool.  I am thinking of buying a new camera, but so confused by the choice!!!  My extensive archives of imagery lie waiting for resurrection.  But it is nice to look back at what I was looking at (and finding interesting) when I took more photographs more than I painted.  And then I ask myself what the images are saying to me now.   Quite a lot.  Of lovely silent words.

 

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suburban meditations painters development series jenny meehan

 

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suburban meditations painters development series jenny meehan

 

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Types of metal fixings and neglected structures drew me towards them.  Wood and metal were the main materials I took photographs of.  I experimented with colour images but in the end presented a lot of my photographs in black and white as the kind of control over colour was too limited with photography, or at least, in my case, with using pretty limited types of photographic equipment and not printing the images myself.   I take very few photographs at the present time.  I feel I have so many that I have not utilised and engaged with sufficiently.  So much material that could bring forth so much.  So I have put an end to taking more images at the moment. ( Very occasionally I succumb!)  Sometimes I see something I cannot resist, but it is not helpful to try and do too much. We have too many images.  This feeling probably accounts for my getting lost (willingly) into abstraction!

 

There Will Always be a Point at Which We Will Meet

 

 

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Past Painting and Poem :  Bandage Box

 

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Bandage Box

Gently pressed
fabric
laid over a stretched surface,
soaked in milky balm.
I am tenderly
making, building
a new impression with my mind
whose inner wound cannot be bound
but which seeks
to make
new structure.

Jenny Meehan 2013 (written to accompany the above painting of 2013) 

 

There will be some wounding experience with my knee replacement, but wounding with the aim of healing and repair is quite a different matter to wounding with destruction as it’s intent.

 

 

And Now…

I have been dwelling on similar material recently… Reflecting on the healing process of painting, because it clearly is a healing process for me.  The bringing together, in articulating something, something which I don’t know when I start, but which evolves.  The something which is becoming.  Bringing into being a painting is like realising an emotion…, or maybe not just emotion, something of the heart; a heart connection and an experience felt.  Maybe coming from a memory or experience.  That memory need not be explicit and clear but I can still paint from it.  Paint from its centre, from the time when it started.  It may be from the past but the time doesn’t matter,  The main thing is that it is and that I don’t need to ignore it or push it away. So the whole thing about painting for me is that it is about being allowed to be.  Being and coming into being.  Feeling and experiencing the paint and the material and the process of painting.  And for nothing else to matter.  There is a space in that which is healing. There is a bringing together and a resolution of something within.  There is the fact that it appears and that it now matters.  It always mattered but it could not be seen.  And there is nothing about that painting which is not me.  And there is everything just laid there to see.  Which is rewarding.  And the work has been hard, not easy. Sometimes easy, in a kind of surprise, but often very hard.  But the bringing together of the painting is very rewarding.  I feel engaged in life in a way that is essential to my happiness.  I think I have written about the psychology of flourishing before on this journal.  And that whole thing of “being in the flow” or in your element.   I think some of the recent paintings I have been working on this year may touch on both the experience of flow, of happiness and of healing.  The relief of coming together.

And here is one of  my VERY recent paintings.

This one, “Mending”…It may well acquire an additional title as I continue the phase of contemplation through simple looking for a while.   Sometimes over time a painting speaks of something not so obvious at the time of painting, or even just after it.

But this is “Mending” for now.

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“Mending” uses a mixture of Keim Optil paint, acrylic paint, and household emulsion.  I have also used painted card which is something I have been keen to use for a while.  The substrate is hardboard which has a lovely colour which I have left showing in places.  There are also some areas of paper tape.  The size is just 20x16inches.  This is a good size for such experiments as not too big, and I rather like the aspect ratio.

 

A nice little quote, rather random, but still lovely;

“Conversion, at its root, is not the action performed but the source of that action, the experience of being loved.”
Carroll & Dyckman,  quoted from Inviting the Mystic Supporting the Prophet. 

That is it for now.  Happy Christmas!

 

 

As per usual, I enjoy writing so much I ramble on  for ages, so do skim and skip over content which doesn’t grab you, dwelling only on that which is of your particular interest.  This way, I don’t need to worry about being succinct or structuring my writing more tightly (it serves as exploration for me, and isn’t just written to be read by you.) but can let it evolve as openly and profusely as it will.

West Dean College Visit

A flourish of monochrome images from a recent visit to West Dean College will provide some inspiration for my current experiments with black and white ink, paint, and mono printing.   I have not edited these to cut down time but want them here as a reference I can access easily.  How beautiful is the hand of our Creator God, whose touch never ceases to inspire.

The photographs look nice in colour too, but during the course I have just come back from we worked with black ink on paper, and it is best to stay black and white for a while.  “Drawing in the Garden – Pattern and Place” was a pleasing contrast to my non objective paintings in colour.  The blurb for the course: ” Explore a pattern-based interpretation of the gardens through drawing from observation. Drawing in the garden – pattern and place with Rosie MacCurrach”.  The opportunity to simply do some observational drawing was very welcome, and it is always very interesting and helpful to be part of a group of people being creative.  It is amazing how unique and individual each person is, and the very special characteristics, challenges and triumphs of each person’s drawings were an education in themselves.  A brilliant time.  I will post my work up soon, but still in the whirl of what I have done, and don’t want to share quite yet as I need to continue to work with it.

There are quite a few here, so scroll down rapidly if you don’t want to view them!  The variety of pattern, line, form, texture is immense, and these photographs will serve me as a visual reminder.

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