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

 

 

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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

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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

 

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

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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

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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

 

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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 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.

 

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. 

 

 

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.

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

 

 

 

Kingston Artists’ Open Studios 2020

 

 

 

jenny meehan painting lyrical abstract floral promised land/break out painting

jenny meehan painting lyrical abstract floral promised land/break out painting

Needing some glimpses of colour at the moment, because it is a somewhat grey January day today!  Above a painting which sold a few years back.

spring will come digital image jenny meehan

spring will come digital image jenny meehan ©jenny meehan

And this, because Spring Will Come!  ©jenny meehan

 

 

 

 

jenny meehan surrey artist london contemporary female artist

jenny meehan surrey artist london contemporary female artist

 

It is very casual, but I find posting screenshots very convenient! Here’s a photo of me at last year’s Kingston Artists’ Open Studios.  Which reminds me to flag up 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… too early, but 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.

 

Time Table

 

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.”

Jenny Meehan is a London based artist working with painting, writing, digital media and contemplative practices.
jamartlondon.com

I don’t have much to add to the text I submitted. An interesting development was that I was able to finance just one month of studio space last November, and this made an interesting contrast to my usual working routine. I found that having the more clearly defined boundaries between my different roles does make things much easier in some ways, so I think in terms of the tangible nature of time…how it is seen, and recognised, or not seen and invisible, having a physical space matters a great deal for an artist, not only in terms of practical matters but also in terms of being a helpful contribution to a stronger sense of self/self-definition. I have found it makes a huge difference on how other people recognise my time as an artist…hence the activities which I carry out within that time/space… I know they matter, but its much easier for other people, particularly those who are not creatives, to recognise that my work is indeed not a sideline/hobby!

In other ways having a physical dedicated space has been restrictive, which I did not expect. There is a kind of pressure… because the time has boundaries, I found that there is this need to fill it in a way which I am normally free of. So not having a dedicated physical space, rather surprisingly, can be a liberty, which I didn’t expect at all. However, as you can see from my work Time Table, there is a big interplay between the blank, empty space in the diary, and the full physical space (I need to leave a lot of piles of domestic clutter around me, because of the need to redirect my energy and time into creating art works! Definitely a balancing act!)

The human being in Time Table is actually my daughter, though she is playing me! So credit to Charis Meehan for playing the part so well!

Time Table isn’t on You Tube at the moment.  I think I will wait till I have sorted out my new website and put it on there.

 

New Website for Jenny Meehan

I am going to create a new website which will be a little more broad in the mediums it shows.  The existing one has it’s main focus on paintings and some digital prints, but I find that my practice is far more eclectic now as time has gone on.  Now I am on instagram too, and my writing focus rests a little more securely on this Artist’s Journal, I think I can make the website a little more compact.

 

Coventry Cathedral

There was a very interesting “Open Call” for the commissioning of new vestments and a banner for Coventry Cathedral before Christmas, but the practicalities of it didn’t seem realistic to me in terms of financial recompense.  I think if I was both a designer and maker of banners and vestments then it wouldn’t be  such an issue, but for someone like me, who is a designer more than a maker (well, of vestments and banners, at least!) the making would need to be contracted out to someone else, with massive financial implications…at least, if it was to be done to a high professional standard, for sure.  The actual banner design has significant value, and the copyright matter wasn’t touched on at all.  I did contact the relevant person and put my view/perspective forward, but haven’t heard anything back.  The value of the actual design, and subsequent images of it, is very important, as is the project management, (time wise) and I had an excellent idea to explore with it, but I simply cannot afford to spend hours on something which is basically speculative.  It’s certainly speculative if I wouldn’t consider carrying out the project due to insufficient funds if I was fortunate enough to be selected, so I have just left it.

It is often quite a problem with design competitions and copyright.  If the copyright of the banner design image had to be assigned, and that was part of the arrangement, then it needs to be clearly stated.  I personally don’t assign copyrights ever, and so to need to do so would also be a reason not to enter such a competition.  I always retain copyright for my art and design and for it to be used there would need to be a suitable licence in place.  The value of such of licence agreement, needs to be factored in when establishing the value of the artist’s work, and this affects what can be considered a realistic payment in financial terms.

I am normally pretty flexible, and open to negotiation of licensing fees.  As a member of DACS, there are the industry standard fees which are of course recommended, but it is the artist who has the final say, and for projects with limited budgets, charitable, religious organisations,  particular uses which I have a particular interest and passion about, then flexibility is appropriate.   Something like a banner for Coventry Cathedral would be exactly the kind of thing I would be flexible about, but I do value my work and though I try not to, I cannot help but feel irritated by no mention of copyright and of a task of such massive scale with insufficient funds to cover the costs.  I could be wrong…It’s been known…but we will see.  Someone will do it, possibly very happily.  It doesn’t fit in with the way I value my work to ignore copyright matters and while it would have been a nice project to submit something to, what is the point, when I wouldn’t deliver for the money offered?

Coventry Cathedral

Some comfort to me, bearing in mind the above, was that I was able to offer an animation for showing at Coventry Cathedral on my birthday!  This did make me most happy, and it was fortunate that I had been experimenting with animation a little at the end of last year.  I had something emergent conceptually and the Open Call at Coventry Cathedral for one of their events on New Year’s Eve was very timely, as it gave me the additional impetus to continue working on something which I had started.  Some things are just providential, I have decided.  Timing is often everything.  The Open Call at Coventry Cathedral was perfect timing and I worked obsessively on producing the work which was a duo of a poem and also the animation.  Again, I will put this up on my new website when I sort that out.

The animation was rather more fast than I ideally wanted but I am going to make a slower version.  It needed to be short for the screening, so I went with it moving very fast, rather than somewhere in between.  Both the poem in written form and as word and image animation are titled: “Wonder”.   The poem is below.

 

Wonder

 

Both soft and clear

Beautiful and broken

 

Light is transformation

Colouring the soul

Endless pattern

Radiating

 

Ever differing

Yet completely

Whole

 

by Jenny Meehan 2019

 

This  is a silent video of word and image. 2.26 duration, in this version. In square aspect ratio.  No punctuation in this version.

Wonder was selected to be shown as part of the Open Projections: Digital Art Exhibition NYE@Coventry Cathedral on 31st December 2019.

Text from the Artist’s Call Out:

Open Projections is a series of digital and moving image projection exhibitions hosted by Coventry Cathedral. The series is hosted by guest curators and arts organisations. Art on show features digital and photographic work created by local, national and international artists. For the latest edition of Open Projections, on New Year’s Eve, We will be projecting onto the ceiling of Coventry Cathedral, using the design of the roof as a screen for each work. We will be inviting guests to lay on the floor and stare upwards (Don’t worry, bean bags and underfloor heating provided).

The brief is for this edition of Open Projections is ‘Spectacle’A visually striking performance or display, or An event or scene regarded in terms of its visual impact.

We are interested in showing work which explores the idea of spectacle and a visually stimulating display inside the cathedral. We have intentionally made the brief for this exhibition open to interpretation as we want to embrace the Cathedral’s space for New Year’s Eve. “

 

Coventry Cathedral became a major tourist attraction as soon as it was opened in 1962.  It is a very interesting building, and the ruins of the old Coventry Cathedral are also beautiful.

The Blitz of 1940 saw Coventry city centre devastated by enemy bombing and, today, only the shell of the old cathedral still stands.

A new cathedral was built on the site of the ruins and the two stand side by side providing a stark but beautiful reminder of the city’s tragic history and inspiring resilience. The new cathedral would be a sign of faith and hope for the future, and the decision led to the cathedral’s Ministry of Peace and Reconciliation, which has provided spiritual and practical support in areas of conflict throughout the world.

It’s a very inspiring place and I was delighted to have some of my work there, even though briefly.  It’s just the kind of place I like my work to be enjoyed in!

 

Kalos – Jenny Meehan

 

Before Christmas I created a few more in my “Kalo” series.  The idea for creating these came initially from a dream/vision.  I think I have written previously about this, so I won’t go into it again.  Having an instagram account is very good for me as it encourages me to post online regularly and it makes me share my work in an quick and accessible form, which is great!

 

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

 

 

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Poetry and Traumatic Brain Injury

I like using my own poetry with my work because it suggests what the work is about but does not dictate precisely to the person responding to it: their interpretation is valued by implication because the meaning is not made explicit. Poetry is an abstracted form of communication and often leaves many gaps or blanks in our understanding; these unfilled areas are just as valuable and are as much a part of the expression as what is written. It is like this in life I think: sometimes there are no words to say; a silence can speak volumes; it can allow understanding, and communicate a depth of feeling not possible with words.

I write poetry from time to time, alongside other types of writing.  I wrote a lot of poetry between the years of 2008 and 2010, when I was having real struggles coming to terms with the changes in a close relative which they experienced as a result of a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).  Because it was such a difficult time, and emotionally and mentally I was quite literally “all over the place” writing poetry was extremely helpful as it enabled me to attempt (attempt!) to put into words very difficult and conflicting emotions.  At least with poems, the words which couldn’t be written (and couldn’t even have any presence), still existed and were there, invisible and not logically or rationally understood, but emotively just there…in their absence. That’s how it felt. The unsaid didn’t have to be taboo.

That sound’s a bit odd, I think but what I mean is, there was so much for me for which there were no words, and which there could never be any words sufficient to express.  That’s how it felt. The horror and the complete senselessness, the total insanity, that anyone could do what they did to my relative, was simply beyond comprehension.  And human minds like things neatly packaged in understanding.  We like to have things contained in knowledge and have things which we can hold onto.  It’s not an easy experience to describe.

I experienced much complex traumatic stress myself, partly as a result of my family member’s brain injury. This was, I think, accentuated because I had many early life adverse childhood experiences, and the experience of having the one relationship which previously brought some sense of sanity into my early years of life, torn apart and altered by such an injury, was beyond my own capacity to cope with.

Well, I did carry on with life, thankfully, and there were many helpful practical reasons which made life worth living, even if it seemed overwhelming and I had a lot of fear and pain to contend with. A big part of the positive move forward was to cease attempting to cope with the pain by self-medicating with alcohol and also to start a process of healing from the trauma through psychotherapy.  It really doesn’t help when some senseless violence is the cause of your relatives TBI. It added another layer of  trauma to the situation, because having experienced in earlier life myself various forms of violence, it simply feels like one thing too much.  I think the total conviction that something is too much to bear pretty much sums thing up quite succinctly.

I’m immensely grateful for the help and support I have received, and continue to receive, from various people around me. I’m still working through so much, and that’s the way life goes… Things sometimes come up which plunge you into a difficult place, but there’s no doubt that having faith in a compassionate Creator God, having relationships and connections with others, having creativity and the means to express so much both in words and images; all these things work for good and prove healing and restorative in many ways.  I have found yoga, drumming, and contemplative spirituality, mindfulness, prayer and enjoyment of the natural world all amazingly useful.

Having my life orientated, ultimately, towards Christ, (for my faith tradition is Christian) and trying to walk in the ways Christ taught, is for me the way forward.  The recovery road is endless, because learning and changing are endless and we are never “all sorted”.  It would be unwise not to embrace our brokenness.  However,  even when at times things are hard, that’s OK, for seeking truth and understanding, making healthy connections and aiming to live in love in the best way we can, is liberating (certainly is so far!) and that’s all good.

Sometimes I think I have had a silly amount of trauma in my life, but it’s not a competition, this stress and suffering matter.  We just cannot judge what people go through and don’t go through.  Often it’s mostly unseen.  I’m glad I can touch on some of mine a bit from time to time. I do this because I am able to articulate it and it’s helpful to me to do so sometimes.  I have been surprised at what I have learnt through my experiences of being a relative of a person with a traumatic brain injury. I would never have appreciated previously how much and to what extent one person’s injury can also affect another person.  There is a corporate damage which happens when one person is hurt, and often the relatives and others around a person with a traumatic brain injury need help and support in a way which is easy to under appreciate. Survivor’s guilt is complicated. 

I found the charity Headway exceptionally helpful to me.  Getting good, helpful, informed information and getting educated about certain things can help one retain ones own sanity at difficult times, because it can be very isolating and it’s totally common to feel completely alone.

https://www.headway.org.uk/

 

I found the following a very heartening read:

https://www.baat.org/About-BAAT/Blog/124/Life-After-Brain-Injury-The-Role-of-Art-in-Rehabilitation

I think for myself, (though I haven’t previously put the two together), that my increased involvement in visual arts and writing which started to emerge initially from around 2005, may well have begun as a helpful coping mechanism.  I know it was the case a bit later on; It was immensely beneficial for me… just the physicality of it, the contact with materials, and the way it helped me to be in the present moment. My earlier life aspirations of being an artist were something I had left behind years back; I wasn’t in a position to put my energies into the visual arts direction in the first half of my life.  That’s not a bad thing.  I think it was good to have the maturity I had later on.  It’s important to have a sense of direction as a fine artist.  It can’t come from anywhere but yourself.  It means facing yourself, and that’s not an easy thing to do.

Below a bit of blossom.  Hopefully soon I will see some in Chessington and enjoy the colour and scent. Time spent looking at nature is very well spent.

 

 

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Knee Replacement Surgery

As you can see from a couple of the pages of this Artist’s Journal/Blog which are titled “The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story by Jenny Meehan” I enjoy writing at length, and my knee replacement surgery in 2017 at South West London Orthopaedic Centre, or SWLEOC, for short was a very significant life event for me.   I had become increasingly disabled, and the experience both before, during and after the knee replacement surgery inspired me to write my story, or at least that chapter of it, for other people to read.  I hoped that it might prove informative and helpful.

My knee was in a very bad state and the recovery was hard work, but well worth it.  I now enjoy walking and being able to live my life.  I’m able to carry on my artistic and creative activities much more easily than I had done for the years running up to the knee replacement surgery.  The enforced rest was very good for me.  It was hard work recovering in many respects, but it also forced me to reflect on many things, and writing about the experience was something I found helpful in the recovery process.  It became a focus for my mind, which is very important, because after a major surgery your whole body and mind and emotions are affected, and it’s vital to have focus….Both on your recovery but also on things apart from it. It can be a disorientating experience to be flung out of your usual routine into a completely new one.

Well, the knee is still going strong.  I did fall on it rather hard on the way home from yoga one day but it’s still working so no worries.  I am just loving being fully mobile and being able to walk around without any restriction at all. If I ever get to the point of needing a knee replacement revision surgery, I guess things may well be quite different in a few years time.  I found this which was of interest:

“17 Jan 2019

Robot revolution for knee replacement patients
Surgeons performing knee replacements at the South West London Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC), which is based at Epsom Hospital, have a new cutting edge assistant in the operating theatre – a robotics-assisted surgical system called NAVIO that helps improve accuracy during surgery.

The NAVIO surgical system (which is a hand held tool attached to a computer) uses infrared signals to produce a detailed computer model of the patient’s knee before and during the procedure. The software also helps the surgical team to work out how the knee will move after surgery, and gives real time feedback on alignment and positioning of the implants. The system can also show the surgeon a 3D image of how much bone needs to be removed before the implant is put in and improves the overall accuracy of the position.

Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles, who was given the chance to trial the new tool on a prosthetic femur bone, said: “The NAVIO surgical system is a fantastic piece of equipment and will have huge benefits for our patients. It will assist our surgeons with further improving the accuracy of placement of knee replacements, with the aim of improving their recovery. In fact, with NAVIO, we expect that patients who do not have any complications or other health conditions should be well enough to go home the day after their surgery.

“Nationally, 20% of patients are dissatisfied following their knee replacement surgery, which can often be attributed to the alignment of the replacement joint. Our SWLEOC surgeons and the theatre teams are some of the best in the world, but our new NAVIO will make this process even better, and every new knee joint will be aligned to each individual.”

Mr Feroz Dinah, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at SWLEOC, who has been leading the introduction of the NAVIO robot to the teams, said: “This is an exciting development for us. The surgeon still does the operation, but the robotic-assisted technology is a reliable way of getting the cuts to the bone exactly to where the surgeon intends. Using infra-red tracking technology, the computer creates a virtual 3-D model of the patient’s knee on the computer screen in front of the surgeon. Although the operation takes a bit longer initially as we get used to the system, early experience has shown that some patients are able to go home the following day due to reduced pain and swelling. This is a team effort, with everyone from pre-op assessment to theatre and recovery staff, as well as physiotherapy playing essential parts in this improved patient experience.”

 

Quoted from: https://www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/news-and-events/robot-revolution-for-knee-replacement-patients-2436

 

WOW!  That’s amazing!

If you are in need of a knee replacement it is really important to be well prepared for how it can impact your life.  It is a surgery which requires a lot of work from the patient afterwards to really maximise the potential positive effects.  Do take a look at my knee replacement recovery pages if you are interested in gaining a patient’s perspective and experience of knee replacement surgery in the UK.  It is going to be different for everyone, but I found it helpful reading around a bit beforehand, as it helped me to appreciate the importance of the rehabilitation process afterwards, and also to not be completely shocked by the challenges which normally follow a TKR.

I’m just grateful I can walk around… I will never take that for granted again!  I had many intentions of continuing to work on my writing from the knee replacement time of my life, hoping to narrow things down and bit, cutting it down to size and maybe making some kind of e-book or similar, but I don’t have the time to do that at the moment.  However, it’s on the internet so it’s nice to know it might prove useful to people even if it is in rather a massive textual glob!

 

January 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

In commemoration of this major anniversary, London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames, working with the Landmark Arts Centre, will be showcasing artwork, poetry and prose submitted by schools, community groups and individuals from across the borough. This exhibition will be a moving commemoration of the Holocaust and, by featuring work from many different areas of our community, a fitting reflection on the national theme for the 2020 Holocaust Memorial Day: Stand Together.”

 

 

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Image above is “Lasting Stones” an acrylic painting by Jenny Meehan ©jenny meehan

The painting is part of my painting-poem piece; the poem being titled “Tiny Bones”

So glad to be part of this exhibition.  Such terrible genocides which have happened, and still happen, have been something I have touched on in my artwork before. The senseless violence and hatred which happens in our world demands awareness and I think it’s very important never to forget how extreme things can get, if allowed and encouraged.

https://www.thejc.com/comment/comment/the-importance-of-remembering-the-holocaust-1.59585

Quoted from above:

“Why is it so important that we remember the Holocaust and how can we make sure future generations never forget?

The Holocaust is a contemporary issue. It cannot, and should not, be an event consigned to history.

Paradoxically, the reasons for this lie in its ancient roots. The Holocaust is not bound by a few years in the mid-20th century; instead, it stretches back, past the parameters of the modern era, into the medieval age and beyond to the inception of antisemitism.

Would the Holocaust have been possible without the Protocols of the Elders of Zion? Without Dreyfus? Without the Spanish Inquisition? Antisemitism, discrimination against Jews of all walks of life, was not a new concept in 1933, but was widespread and prevalent in many countries. It is therefore incorrect to let the Holocaust be consigned to the period of the Third Reich; the Nazi regime manipulated and amplified the latent prejudices of its citizens. It did not create them.

This makes the Holocaust a contemporary issue because it demonstrates the atmosphere in which genocide can take place. How many people pertain to prejudices which are unfounded and illogical, but which are unconsciously adhered to? These beliefs survive both because they are socially acceptable and because they remain unchallenged.

There remains in our society a degree of antisemitism, but furthermore levels of xenophobia, Islamophobia, a fear of the travelling community, of black and Asian communities. Indeed a recent survey has shown these prejudices to be on the rise.

It is therefore important to remember the Holocaust because it is an example of how these trends could evolve into something far more threatening.”

It is vital to remember the Holocaust. Vital.

Here is a good site on genocide today:  https://www.genocidewatch.com/

 

My own mother, a Catholic, was born in Villingen in Germany, but immigrated with her mother to Switzerland just before the Second World War. Unfortunately she is long dead now, so I cannot ask her questions about it, and she was only a few years old, but I understand that Catholics were also in the ranks of the persecuted, which I had not realised until recently.  I will never know why they left Villingen, it may not have been related to any persecution, but somehow, for me, with so little factual knowledge about my own history, due to very little being said when it could be said, the possibility remains.

 

Well, that’s it for this part of my Artist’s Journal.  It has been hard to get around to writing it… Rather late in the month for it to come out.  However I find the process of writing it helpful.

Finally found a title for this painting!

Image above: Road to Recovery ©jenny meehan   Early oil painting by Jenny Meehan

 

Jenny Meehan – General Information

 

My original artwork has two main strands: Lyrical Abstraction, painterly, fluid, with a lot of focus on light, how it bounces off the surface, textures and finishes, and Geometric Abstraction (created through digital imaging software) in which I focus on flat areas of smooth, solid, and translucent colour; ideally intended to be printed on even, matt or semi-mat surfaces.

While I’m experimenting with the overlap between the two, and make it my practice to regularly try out new mediums, in order to keep my artwork fresh and steadily evolving, identifying the strands in this way is helpful for clarity.  I use writing and poetry in my art working and now prefer to use sol-silica paint over acrylics or oils, though I am still known to dabble in many different types of paint, due to their particular material and visual qualities!

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:
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Signing up as a follower on my WordPress blog ( https://jennymeehan.wordpress.com) also helps, as does sharing the posts when you receive them.  Anything you can do to help me is much appreciated!

My artwork is particularly suitable for themes of: faith, religion, philosophy, Christian, church, all faith traditions, inter-faith, spirituality, the subconscious, psychoanalytic themes, mindfulness, contemplative practices, healing, health, both physical and mental, trauma recovery, metaphysical and psychological focused writings, the devotional life, and many other subjects.

All my images are licensable and this is arranged through the Designer and Artists’ Copyright Socitety (DACS). If you wish to use my artwork, please contact me in the first instance.

 

Alongside my mainly lyrical abstract paintings, there is another important strand in my work which includes more of a narrative.  Well, some kind of narrative. Through my writing, and my participation in ongoing psychotherapy, I draw on my subconscious.  It’s this process of self reflection, examination, and other contemplative practices which are rooted in my own faith tradition as a Christian, alongside a good dose of yoga and West African drumming, which have created an exciting way ahead for my work with visual art.  I think it’s the relationship between my writing and visual work, particularly through poetry, which helps determine the direction in my art practice.

 

 

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First Day; Morning

Above:  First Day; Morning. Archival Quality Digital Print….

I’m just sorting out some digital prints ready for this years Kingston Artists’ Open Studios…And “First Day; Morning” is one of them.  I’ve become fascinated with the circle as a geometric shape and am using it increasingly in my art working.  Yet my ongoing interest in texture and surface persist.

In the run up to the Open Studios  most of my focus is on organisation at the moment, as well as reviewing work and deciding what to show.  It’s a busy time, but rewarding.  There’s the odd conflict between selecting work that I hope might sell and selecting work which I personally want to spent a couple of weekends looking at!  I do need to sell artwork…Money is needed.  And space is needed!  The great thing about being so productive, is I have a lot of choice in what I decide to show.  There’s only a tiny fraction of my work on the internet, and my archives are huge.  But with work which is actually printed or painted… It does take up space.  And space is limited!

I’m in the mood for writing now, so I’m going for it!  I’d like to write more in the future…More project based and focused…but for now the “meandering discourse” serves me best for it’s function, which isn’t  particularly focused (in an “overview” kind of way…with editing and honing and shaping, and all of that): It never was meant to be something which stood on it’s own two feet.  Rather a brook through my mind and thinking; sometimes feeling… meeting artwork here and there. Not showing in a conclusive way.  But something useful for me to look back on.  Indeed, I do.  And it serves it’s purpose. Works as a kind of gauge at times. Shows movement in other areas, even though it moves itself. Leaves an indentation, which is easier to see when looking backwards.

 

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“First Day; Morning” and “First Day Evening” will be available for sale at this year’s Kingston Artists’ Open Studios!

 

Sean Scully

I enjoyed the recent programme on Sean Scully. Interesting quote:

He admits to being a bit surprised that his stature has not just endured but grown exponentially. “I think it’s a question of the way the cultural ocean moves,” he explains. “Painting has made a huge comeback. There’s a whole generation of curators out there who are young, but they’re sick and tired of conceptual art, they’re interested in things that are actually made. So all over, in South America, in China, there’s a return to a world of emotional materiality in painting. In a way I was waiting for this to happen for a long time, but no longer.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/visual-art/artist-sean-scully-it-s-about-stacking-putting-things-in-order-1.3642099%3fmode=amp
Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 05:00. Article written by Aiden Dunne

Read the whole article.

http://seanscullystudio.com/

He certainly has plenty of room (and studios in the plural!) to paint in!

“A mysterious embodiment, it remains silent, yet potentially potent, whilst never entirely giving up its mystery.”  On painting, from Metaphor

On abstract painting and music….Kevin Power / Sean Scully October 2, 2002
(Questions to Sean Scully on the occasion of Encuentro, Mudial de Las Artes,
Valencia October 3-6 2002)

It is sometimes said that all art aspires to the condition of
music. I would like my art to aspire to something like the condition of music:
but a condition that can be felt and experienced in a deep moment. I think
with painting you can get rid of the problem of time. You can feel it abstracted
in the rhythms, in the layers of the painting; but you are, for your moment,
free.
I do believe abstraction is and was meant to embody deep emotion. I believe
that’s its job, in the history of art. The edges of the character and forms in my
paintings should lie against and with each other, with complexity and
emotional depth. Naturally one feels time in my work, because it is layered. It
is repainted many times, in different colors and weights of paint, always by
me: until somehow everything lives, however gracefully or awkwardly, in its
right place. So it’s a façade, but it’s a façade that submits to feeling or is
overwhelmed by it: since nothing is perfect.”

This is something I wish I heard more often:

You have talked about yourself as a ‘romantic realist”, a stance that given our
present circumstances is not easy to sustain both on account of the geo political changes
taking place in the world and because numerous philosophers seem to be questioning the
gains of our Western humanist tradition to which such an attitude clearly belongs. How
do you see the real as now penetrating the romantic frame through which you “feel” the
world?
This is a very big question, a question about which one could write a book. I
am very aware that the romantic is now seen to be of limited relevance.
However, I have attempted to articulate my idealistic sense of romanticism in
the world, as it is, with its problems now. Without giving up on my true
personal feeling. To say it simply, I think it’s not only possible, but important to
offer a deeply felt example of a humanistic art form: in a world that has
become extremely cynical. I have lived through many changes, social and
political, that have affected me and changed me. However, my art is trying to
address something eternal and universal. So however difficult it may be for
someone with my sense of connection (connectedness) to continue to offer
an idealistic/humanistic view, I have to keep doing it. In fact, the worse it gets,
the more crucial it is to offer it.
I hope my work can stand as an example of another possibility. I realized,
when I moved out of the political arena in my radical days, that I would
experience as an artist moments of guilt and impotence.”

Here’s a bit about the programme I watched:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2019/15/unstoppable-sean-scully

You can watch it here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00041pb/unstoppable-sean-scully-and-the-art-of-everything

Signs of the Times… Continues!

One of the great things about art working is the way that things develop over time.  I think it may be the best!  I love the way I get new perspectives on things I have done often several years ago.  The “Signs of the Times” strand of experimentation started a few years back, but set me off on a useful path into working with flat surfaces and geometric elements…A welcome change from the lyrical abstraction.  (It’s easily possible to become over saturated with one aspect of your work).  Contrasts and changes, trying new mediums, and keeping an open mind are essential in artistic creation.  Concepts are all well and good, but the tree of ideas grows from the art working, in my opinion.  Life and its experiences enter the life of the artist and strange things happen there!  Well, this is the approach which works for me.  There are many others. It can work in other ways too.  I find the openness and flow essential though, in my own creativity.  Openness and flow involve a fair amount of trust, risk, and uncertainty.   We get to know our materials well.   We need to also get to know ourselves well.  Because what we do comes from deep within us.  It cannot come from anywhere else in the end.  And life changes.  It changes us.  And the work of any artist evolves along with everything else.

 

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The night time version, maybe calm moment in the dark, partner of calm moment in the light! © Jenny Meehan. All Rights Reserved

 

 

Above is one example of my series “Signs of the Times”: Geometric abstraction experiments carried out using vector graphics software. It was a delight to try communicating simple phrases and emotions visually in an abstract form, making simple yet emblematic pieces of affordable art. Affordable because the artwork is printed via Redbubble.com, which is a print on demand site.  Yes, it may not be very “fine arty” in the exclusive sense, but it’s no less fine art because it is accessible.  I have grown tired of the whole idea of value and art.  What I mean is, the connection (which is sometimes made…not by all) that if something is very expensive and out of reach it is somehow more well, “art”.  The reality is that sites like Redbubble.com make the work of artists very accessible.

When people buy products on Redbubble.com, for example, they may be buying a mass produced item, BUT, and it’s a big BUT…The design and the artwork on the items is far from mass produced.  It may be very available on Redbubble.com, BUT that doesn’t mean that lots and lots of it is going to be sold.  Far from it…Thankfully the world is FULL of marvellous artists.  So full, in fact, that most of us only occasionally sell now and again.  So the items which people buy on Redbubble.com could quite easily be “one-offs”.  Yes, there is no limiting of editions, (the traditional way of restricting prints executed in the traditional manner) but if someone is looking for a piece of art by an artist, they could consider buying something through a print-on-demand site.  They may well be getting a totally unique object which ends up being a “one-off”, even though it is not marketed as such.

https://www.redbubble.com/shop/jenny+meehan+art-prints

The only thing it will not have, of course is a signature!  And there is that point which the item will have never been actually touched by the artist…But that is the object itself.  Art is not just about the production of objects and artefacts. “Common place” ones or “exclusive” ones…It makes no difference does it?   The appearance of one of my own artworks through the avenue of Redbubble.com is a choice I have made most purposefully. It reflects my feelings and values.  It’s part of how I operate, and not just for practical reasons.  There are practical reasons.  And I carefully selected Redbubble.com because of the quality of the products.  They met my own requirements for forms that my artwork might be re-presented through.  Yes, I will also have my paintings, and sometimes sell those, from time to time.   And some numbered (but not limited edition) prints.  But I have no time or desire to do things which distract me from my main focus of innovation, creation, experimentation, and development.

https://www.redbubble.com/shop/jenny+meehan+art-prints

 

Digital printing is a whole new world!

Part of my thinking in this kind of direction also leads me to an interest in using substrates which are generally utilised in distinctly “non-fine art” realms.  Banners and advertising boards.  Company promotional material product materials and equipment. Printing is now so wonderful! So much is possible which was not possible before! We see such much printed matter all around us. So many interesting surfaces and substrates.  Do I feel that I somehow debase my art work by presenting it on materials used for advertising? Not one little bit.  Why should I?  This is the matter we meet in our daily life and it should be the material of fine art too.  Why not?  It’s a most definite form, and we associate it with one type of activity but that doesn’t mean it cannot be associated with another.  The longevity possible now, and the quality of printing and inks has come such a long way. It’s amazing!  Exciting!  Fantastic!  If I had more money available to spend, I would be printing my work on many more substrates than I use at present…if it suited the realisation aptly!

Maybe there is a kind of redemption going on for me in this desire?  For our desires are so much influenced by what is around us.

“A successful advertising message transcends the audience perceptions of needs and wants. It creates an emotional appeal that subtly convinces the audience that the item being promoted will make a difference in their lives by either making them happy, giving them status, satisfying a desire or providing security.”

I like an emotional appeal to a viewer to come from the imagery I create. But because it is what it is. And it can be to them how they wish it to be.  It’s always good when someone connects and it’s helpful to me if they decide they want to buy something. (Why not?) But to replace advertising with my own imagery and take over the territory, even in just a very small way…As a gesture maybe?  It feels good to do this.  Maybe I have moved myself from the position of passive object of the advertising to the active subject in some sense? I won’t be told what I desire…(I am sure I often am! Not advertising proof!)  I will put my expression, the product of my own desire to create, on substrates/objects/forms associated in our minds with advertising.

It’s nothing new.  But I need to think it through, so I am doing so.

On a slightly different, but allied tack…

There are various billboard art projects going on/which have happened.  The materials and context are often used to great advantage.  There are many themes developed by billboard artists, yet the majority address social issues.  There’s a kind of takeover bid…using that advertising space (and so the same media). A kind of graffiti form, with just a bit more of an element of disguise maybe?! Billboard artist use many strategies, including appropriating well known ads to alter meanings, making objects which look and function like adverts, and graffiti over advertisement boards.

There’s often text and a clear concept, rather than something which is abstract expressionist though.  I like my work to be in the public realm, but it doesn’t have to have the kind of extent of publication that something with a message would be targeted at.  (Though wouldn’t the world look lovely if all the adverts were removed?  I think we would probably feel all a lot better to be honest.)

So much public space is dominated by the media, corporate culture and advertising.

I’m very fond of the Guerrilla Girls work! (Guerrilla Girls is an anonymous group of feminist, female artists devoted to fighting sexism and racism within the art world. The group formed in New York City in 1985 with the mission of bringing gender and racial inequality into focus within the greater arts community. The group employs culture jamming in the form of posters, books, billboards, and public appearances to expose discrimination and corruption. (wording from Tate website)

Mmm.

I do remember there being some project I came across years back which put artist’s work up on posters on the tube.  Trouble was it did cost quite a lot of money to do so.  Nice way to share your work if you can though.  I remember coming across some and very much enjoying the fact that I wasn’t being exposed to an advert.  Simply a piece of work with a name, which I could look into if I wanted to, but could just enjoy it’s presence in front of my eyes.

 

And look at this… What an interesting read!  Coming from a slightly different angle…Very interesting on “special status”.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110823130029.htm

Fine art in advertising can backfire
Date:
August 23, 2011
Source:
Boston College
Summary:
Fine art has been used for centuries to sell goods and ideas, but a new study finds artwork can lose its special status with consumers if it’s improperly used for product illustration.

“The researchers suggest the responses reflect how humans have evolved to recognize and appreciate art as a special category of expression.

“People have evolved to care about art,” said Hagtvedt. “It is something we have appreciated in all societies known to man, throughout history and pre-history. It is also a magnificent tool for marketers who rely on its communicative power in a thoughtful and honest manner, but those who use it thoughtlessly are not likely to impress anyone.””

Ah!  So that’s one way which “fine art” might be utilized, from one direction.  Many very successful artists are happy to have their art work used in this way, and often they are very well known ones.  While others, far less well known and defensive of the “value” of their work (even though it generates little in the cash sense) may feel horror at the very thought.

It is the sense of being set apart from the objectives of advertising…This is important.

Does my practice of sometimes choosing to manifest my fine art practice on a PVC banner, or in a material form commonly used for advertising change it’s nature at all? No!  Why should it? If I think something looks right printed on something commonly used for marketing material, then might I fear it somehow less fine art because of the substrate or the intended purpose of the item when it was manufactured? No, of course not. I can print what I want where ever I want.  If it serves the vision and works aesthetically.  If the conceptual aspect materialises in line with my intention, then I could print on your bottom and that would be just fine.  (Well, maybe not. With consent! I’m sure it’s been done before anyway!).

So the movement of some expressions of my work, which is indeed part of a “fine art” practice, onto objects which are part of everyday life, is a lovely thing, and something I need not ever steer myself away from.  Indeed, for many years, I have used table clothes with my digital imagery on them (dye-sublimation printed) in my domestic sphere…There’s been no need for a separation of myself from my art working/results of my art working materialised  in every day life.  It’s been a necessary combination!  I live in an art gallery!  It’s called my home.  The relative status of such a situation is one thing. Just one thing. Nothing more.

That my home is also my workplace is both great and challenging.  It doesn’t offer me the same sense of status (it appears) as someone who works in a separate place, but to be fair, I think that may be partly just an ignorance thing… People don’t recognise what happens in homes as work in the same way they do when activities take place in other buildings. And many people don’t see art working as work.  Or indeed, don’t see anything as “work” unless it involves the generation of finances. (However, I have a vague memory that I have probably rambled on about that in some earlier post!)

When writing this artist’s journal, repetition is the name of the game.  I’m a stuck record on some things!

I may be digressing a little.

The main thing is that it’s my prerogative to use whatever materials I want, regardless of how they may be normally perceived or used in our culture/society.  If, for whatever varied reasons, the appearance of something generated by me on an object of lowly status, be it via Redbubble.com or on an advertising banner, cushion cover, whatever, seems less in value because of it’s form, then so be it.  I think maybe just to be aware that artists make very careful choices about what they do, and why: this may help understanding a little. It’s all part of the same thing in the end.  What we do.  It’s an expression of us. Whoever we are and whatever we do. We all measure up things all the time.  Cannot help doing so. But in no way, not one bit, is doing what I do in the way that I do it any kind of indication that I am valuing my artwork any less than someone who only sells to Kings and Queens for large amounts of money.  The whole value thing is an illusion.  I kind of enjoy breaking through it a little bit. That’s all.

And redemption. Buying back the territory a little bit.  I have become so tired of all this advertising so much in my face all the time.  Isn’t it tiresome?  Isn’t it relentless?  Persistent!  It’s a pest!

 

Remember! When people buy products on Redbubble.com, for example, they may be buying a mass produced piece of merchandise, BUT, and it’s a big BUT…The design and the artwork on the items is far from mass produced. The art working itself is original and unique.   It may be very available to everyone because it’s on Redbubble.com, (GOOD!) BUT that doesn’t mean that lots will be sold. There IS potential for something to become commonplace; No limited edition, HOWEVER in practice very few items will be sold which utilize the work of the individual artists in any large numbers.  WHY? Thankfully the world is full of brilliant artists selling on Redbubble.com. I’m saying this because I think folk don’t think things through.

If you are an art collector and want to collect artists work, then please don’t shun any options you have to get the artwork which you want.  It’s great to have an original piece of art, but also good to have examples of the artists you collect, across many of the mediums they use.  Nowadays print is a medium which cannot be ignored and there are many artists who see through the “value” goldfish bowl and the marketing strategies which often get used by art dealers, etc and which dictate more than they should what art collectors feel is worth collecting.  Realise the artificial constructs which are in operation. If you collect art, collect it because you love collecting the art you love to collect, and collect it in all forms, regardless of status or perceived value.  The value is what it says to you and means to you. 

 

London Downpour – Lyrically Abstract Painting – Jenny Meehan

We are a little past March and April now, but as I have been working on some editing of past writing “Some Kind of Narrative” my mind has taken me right back to the passage in my life, in 2012, when I started working with a therapist and started along the long road of recovery from much too much trauma!  Trauma in early life, I discovered, has a habit of sticking with you, even when you would like to leave it behind. I continue in therapy.  But looking back, I can appreciate all the work I have done, and I am reaping the rewards of it too.

And so my recollections dug up this painting for me.  It was painted during 2012.  I went into London twice a week for psychotherapy then.  I met my therapist at the Guild of Psychotherapists,  Nelson Square, which is not far from the South bank. I would very frequently walk along the river side and often in a state of numbness emotionally.  It was exhausting at times.  It was nice to sit down and gaze at the water.

And during 2012 there was plenty of water to gaze at, and coming from all directions!

The 2012 Great Britain and Ireland floods are a series of weather events that affected parts of Great Britain and Ireland periodically during the course of 2012 and on through the winter into 2013. The beginning of 2012 saw much of the United Kingdom experiencing droughts and a heat wave in March. A series of low pressure systems steered by the jet stream brought the wettest April in 100 years, and flooding across Britain and Ireland. Continuing through May and leading to the wettest beginning to June in 150 years, with flooding and extreme events occurring periodically throughout Britain and parts of Atlantic Europe.”

The wettest April in 100 years!

The painting “London Downpour” was painted over several months.  I always paint in a piecemeal fashion. Very rarely do I paint from start to finish.  The painting was exhibited at The Strand Gallery in June 2013 and was brought by a collector, Roger Lewis.  I was very glad of this.  Not only for myself and him (for it’s always happy when a person finds a painting they love) but for the charity to which I donated a portion of the price, as part of the arrangement, (as suggested by the exhibition organisers).  The painting is a good example of some of the main elements I was experimenting with at the time.

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

 

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Floating…. Yes, this is a strand I continued with.  Solids and liquids… yes, another.  Water… yes, that too.  Formal elements…experimenting with paint continued and developed; textural elements becoming even more important and refined over time.

Mostly resonating with those walks along the Thames; past Tate Modern.  Which looks quite different now!  The sooty feeling of London.  Always felt it on your skin.  A contrast of buildings and water.

The paint is acrylic, but I see carefully balanced with earths… So important, because otherwise acrylic paint can be far too loud for a restful painting.

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jenny meehan artist talk at st joachim’s catholic primary school 2014 on painting techniques used in london downpour painting

I later gave a talk at a primary school and shared a little about how the painting was created.  Funny being in a classroom again.  I used to be a primary school teacher. I have lost quite a lot of weight since then!

 

Ah, wow! What a great read!

Anton Vidokle
Art without Market, Art without Education: Political Economy of Art

https://www.e-flux.com/journal/43/60205/art-without-market-art-without-education-political-economy-of-art/

 

Read it all… Here’s a little taster! (E-flux Journal #43 – Anton Vidokle – Art without Market, Art without Education: Political Economy of Art)

“But since his time, Warhol’s economic independence seems to have been misunderstood. The independence that came from his bridging of the bohemian sphere and the sphere of day-to-day commerce has been converted into a vast proliferation of so-called artistic practices that treat art as a profession. But art is not a profession. What does being professional actually mean under the current conditions of de-skilling in art? We should probably be less concerned with being full-time, art-school-trained, professional artists, writers, or curators—less concerned with measuring our artistic worth in these ways. Since most of us are not expected to perfect any specific techniques or master any craft—unlike athletes or classical musicians, for example—and given that we are no longer tied to working in specific mediums, perhaps it’s fine to be a part-time artist? After all, what is the expertise of a contemporary artist? Perhaps a certain type of passionate hobbyism, a committed amateurism, is okay: after all, we still live in a reality largely shaped by talented amateurs of the nineteenth century, like Thomas Edison and so many others. I think it’s perfectly acceptable to work in some other capacity in the arts, or in an entirely different field, and also to make art: sometimes this situation actually produces much more significant work than the “professional art” we see at art fairs and biennials. Ilya Kabakov supported himself for decades by being a children’s book illustrator. Marcel Duchamp worked as a librarian and later sold Brancusi’s work to make a living, while refusing to be dependent on sales of his own work.”

Quote from https://www.e-flux.com/journal/43/60205/art-without-market-art-without-education-political-economy-of-art/

Anton Vidokle is an editor of e-flux journal.

© 2013 e-flux and the author

 

Kingston Artist’s Open Studios 2019 in June!

 

Kingston upon Thames in Surrey has a lovely hub of artists and each year we show our work, dotted around different venues in Kingston Upon Thames.

Open Studios in Kingston is a collaborative public exhibition whereby local artists and makers open their own homes or studios to the public and exhibit their work.

The Open Studio venues are organised into art trails in and around Kingston, featuring a wide range of 2D and 3D work – painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, glass, photography, digital art, textiles, paper art and mixed media.

This is a perfect opportunity to meet local creators, see their work, talk to them about their techniques and inspirations and buy affordable art direct from the artist.

 

British Lyrical Abstract Paintings:  See http://www.jamartlondon.com/

2019 Open Studios in Kingston will be taking place on 8/9th and 15/16th June
from 11am to 5pm each day.

If you would like up to date information when it comes out, contact me via my website information form and I will send it to you asap! 

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

I plan to display a selection of recent work, both original paintings and prints. The price range of my original work is £80 to £600.  Most of my original fine art sells for around the £200/£300 mark, making it an affordable buy for any art collector.  I also offer a selection of prints for purchase for under £100.

 

There is a super video which was made last year which gives you an idea of what Kingston Artist’s Open Studios is all about!

 

Do come along!

 

“If funders truly believe in the humanistic value of the arts, they must not compel artists to merely adopt the practices of for-profit entrepreneurs. They must advocate for the value in what artists already do: bringing the artistic imagination more fully into everyday life and making creative expression a fundamental human right.They must resist the inexorable logic of the so-called free market, and advocate for the fundamental core value that there are things in this world that are not for profit – they are for something else, something more vast, meaningful and enduring, and that artists can lead the way.”

Quote from Andrew Horwitz

Had to pop that in here… So good.  So true!

The downside is we live in a culture which fundamentally devalues artists.  This is reflected in the fact that artists don’t get paid for exhibiting their work… rather they are used as a source of income generation, often through so called “opportunities” which involve hiring out space. There are exceptions to this, and what a jewel it is when they come up, but they are few and far between.  The majority of the general public are not aware that artists are the ones who pay to show their work, in the main. (Yeah, I am taking about the “Fine Art” strand of creation, so bear this in mind!) They are not aware that the majority of artists probably have an income from their art working of around £5,000 a year (my informed guess, based on conversation and snippets of research done over a few years)….A DACS survey in 2010 found it around £10,000, but I think one needs to bear in mind that this is only one pool of artists, and they are likely to be the ones who have had work published here and there… (like me! but I am rather the under a £1,000 year department! lol!) and this is across the range of visual art, not “fine art” alone.   Also bear in mind “Careers typically are sustained by a portfolio of other activities with 35% having a formal second job.”  And also need to add other sources of income, ie spouse, partner, etc.  So generally speaking, the majority of artists are supported in some way, but not by the the proceeds of their labours…  This is important to recognise.  But it is not convenient to recognise.

Yes, I am grateful I can do what I do… No taking for granted here, with me…I waited long enough to be able to do what I always dreamed of, but this doesn’t mean that I have money to invest in paying for the luxury of showing my work…and being an income source for others!  I’ts my choice to do what I do, and I am glad I have that choice, but it does not make my creative work less work because it doesn’t reap financial rewards sufficient to make it profitable, or a source of life sustaining income. 

This is not a rant, (well… OK, maybe it is!)  but it needs to said to increase awareness.  If the general public, who are able to and so inclined, wish to support artists and are more aware of how much that support is needed and valued, then this is all well and good.  Even if they don’t, I still think awareness is a good thing. The reason I think it is important is that artists are often treated as though they operate as businesses when in reality they just don’t. Often by businesses…not so incidentally!   Well, yes, there are some, of course, but some of us don’t want to be, don’t choose to be, or don’t want to change our direction/work by attempting to be… This art working matter is a different matter from income generation, and without the financial aspect, it is still a worth while, valuable, and a valid contribution to the world; the life sustaining dimension of art should not be underestimated… It may not be linked with finance in the way many other activities are but that does not make it any less purposeful. Or significant.

However, this doesn’t mean that we don’t need finance, and that we are not going to price our work in such a way that it helps fund our creative project, or that

Do you need exciting, engaging, images for a book cover design?

Do you need exciting, engaging, images for a book cover design? If so, then take a look at my website jamartlondon.com, for a start.

My artwork is particularly suitable for themes of: faith, religion, philosophy, Christian, church, all faith traditions, inter-faith, spirituality, the subconscious, psychoanalytic themes, mindfulness, contemplative practices, healing, health, both physical and mental, trauma recovery, metaphysical and psychological focused writings, the devotional life, and many other subjects.

Indeed, pretty much any subject matter or theme which benefits from a more abstract graphic image; one which also conveys basic feelings and ideas in an open and experimental manner; would benefit from it’s clarity of communication being enhanced by one of my art images.

From the lyrical abstraction of some of abstract expressionist style textured paintings, to the geometric abstraction clear edged imagery, which I also produce, the value of non representational imagery in book cover design which is both colourful and interesting, and stimulates the eye with colour and striking composition, cannot be under estimated.

If you are looking for something particular, do contact me, because I only display a small amount on the internet and may even be able to create something specific to your needs, or be able to locate something from my extensive archives which meets your need.

DACS administrate my licensing agreements and organise the use of my art work images quickly and conveniently. They are very helpful and can guide you through the process if you are unfamiliar with it. I normally follow their guidelines with respect to the fees for licensing, as these are set in line with the industry standard.

DACS do offer a good reduction in fees for registered charities. Occasionally it may be possible for slightly reduced rates to be negotiated in other circumstances.

To find out more about how you can arrange to use my imagery, see here:

https://www.dacs.org.uk/licensing-works/frequently-asked-questions#FAQ122

 

British Lyrical Abstract Paintings:  See http://www.jamartlondon.com/

A Poem of Panes

 

 

A Poem of Panes

It was only when they shattered
I felt the panes of glass between the window frame.
Those who knew me
could not see through my eyes.

I am aware of the surface, and of my own sinking.

I set my face forward,
but cannot progress.

They call my brother’s head injury “the invisible disability”.

The impact of one, booted, blow
also
unseen

in me.

Jenny Meehan 2014

The artwork I produce often relates to my psychological and emotional recovery journey, which is related to past trauma. In this instance, the full realisation of the impact of my brother’s traumatic brain injury on his personality and functioning, our relationship, and of its effect on my own mental capacity, made several years of my life exceptionally difficult. A major part of the difficulty was my inability to express what I was going through. Though able to function through the depression and anxiety (sometimes “just about”) , my awareness was that of being disabled internally, due to the shattering of my sense of self, and the isolation I felt. This is something I will never forget . Art can be a wonderful and powerful communicator of a person’s journey.

I’m working through my own traumas, and very grateful to be able to do so.  There is an image for the above poem, but it’s way back in the archives and I’m a bit pressed for time today, but I can dig it up in the future and I will post it.  It is the case that it is far easier for me to create visual art and write than it is to verbally speak about my own experiences.  I am sure this is very true for a large number of people.  While I can talk to a certain extent, it is far easier not to.  I do have an ongoing interest in trauma and recovery which just seems to continue  and certainly stretches far beyond my own experience.

I think it’s brilliant that mental health is more in the spotlight than it has been previously and there certainly is less stigma about it.  Here is an excellent read below.  I have just included a short extract here, but do follow the link to read the whole article.

 

For John Launer, GP educator and narrative medicine pioneer, medically unexplained symptoms are better understood as ‘medically unexplored stories’. Most GPs, especially those who work in deprived areas, bare witness every day to their patients’ accounts of trauma; including physical abuse and neglect; parents who were, because of alcoholism, drug abuse or mental illness unable to care for their own children in their earliest years; stories of material and emotional deprivation, abandonment and loss, domestic violence, crime and imprisonment and with shocking frequency, child abuse. Trauma begets trauma so that people rendered vulnerable by trauma in childhood are very frequently victims of violence and abuse in later life. Survivors of trauma use drugs and alcohol to cope with the aftermath, then find themselves involved with crime which leads to imprisonment and homelessness and further cycles of alienation and despair.

People whose work does not involved repeated encounters with survivors of trauma frequently either cannot believe, or refuse to believe how common it is. For years it’s been assumed that people invented stories of trauma to excuse bad behaviour. The medical profession bears a lot of responsibility for this, largely ignoring the psychological consequences of rape until the last 30 years.”

We need to talk about trauma

Long Stream of Paintings

 

And here lies a long stream of paintings… Or should I say, pieces of paintings, fragments of paintings, parts of paintings?

I take a lot of photographs as I work.  It is a good way of considering the material qualities of the paintings.  Something about isolating a section in a frame makes the eye think about it differently.  It may become the beginning of something new, but if it does not, this is of no consequence.  The process of taking images isn’t in order to achieve anything other than looking again and seeing again, and maybe being introduced to the composition within the composition, which I didn’t know was there!  It enables me to meditate further on the paint.  This may sound unusual for someone who is not a painter, but for a painter, meditating on the paint is very helpful indeed!

 

British Lyrical Abstract Paintings:  See http://www.jamartlondon.com/

 

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

 

Breaking my paintings into fragments by taking the images… It is a way of looking closely at them… but also interesting that I create in such a piecemeal way these paintings, pulling the work together into a whole, and then insist on breaking them up again afterwards, in one kind of way, at least!

 

British Lyrical Abstract Paintings:  See http://www.jamartlondon.com/

Into the Studio Tent for 2019!

 

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jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

 

Yes!  As the weather warms and I begin to tidy up the mess, so the studio tent becomes a place of artistic production!

Feeling GREAT!

 

Another good read…

One of my keen interests … I guess that’s what comes of having an exceptionally high ACE score myself! Lol!  This is a great read, and very heartening!  I have come a long way myself, but it’s a rough road to travel on, and exceptionally challenging at times!  All worth while work though.

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/the-last-best-cure/201508/8-ways-people-recover-post-childhood-adversity-syndrome

 

Jenny Meehan Contemporary British Female Artist

 

(Just in case you were not sure about that!!!! )

My original artwork has two main strands: Lyrical Abstraction, painterly, fluid, with a lot of focus on light, how it bounces off the surface, textures and finishes, and Geometric Abstraction (created through digital imaging software) in which I focus on flat areas of smooth, solid, and translucent colour; ideally intended to be printed on even, matt or semi-mat surfaces.

While I’m experimenting with the overlap between the two, and make it my practice to regularly try out new mediums, in order to keep my artwork fresh and steadily evolving, identifying the strands in this way is helpful for clarity.  I use writing and poetry in my art working and now prefer to use sol-silica paint over acrylics or oils, though I am still known to dabble in many different types of paint, due to their particular material and visual qualities!

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:
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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. I do need support in order to continue my art working.

http://www.jamartlondon.com/contact/4569980742 direct link to contact page of website

Signing up as a follower on my WordPress blog ( https://jennymeehan.wordpress.com) also helps, as does sharing the posts when you receive them.  Anything you can do to help me is much appreciated!

My artwork is particularly suitable for themes of: faith, religion, philosophy, Christian, church, all faith traditions, inter-faith, spirituality, the subconscious, psychoanalytic themes, mindfulness, contemplative practices, healing, health, both physical and mental, trauma recovery, metaphysical and psychological focused writings, the devotional life, and many other subjects.

All my images are licensable and this is arranged through the Designer and Artists’ Copyright Socitety (DACS). If you wish to use my artwork, please contact me in the first instance.

http://www.jamartlondon.com/contact/4569980742 direct link to contact page of website

Alongside my mainly lyrical abstract paintings, there is another important strand in my work which includes more of a narrative.  Well, some kind of narrative. Through my writing, and my participation in ongoing psychotherapy, I draw on my subconscious.  It’s this process of self reflection, examination, and other contemplative practices which are rooted in my own faith tradition as a Christian, alongside a good dose of yoga and West African drumming, which have created an exciting way ahead for my work with visual art.  I think it’s the relationship between my writing and visual work, particularly through poetry, which helps determine the direction in my art practice.

I’m a member of Kingston Artists’ Open Studios: http://www.kingstonartistsopenstudios.co.uk/product-category/artists-m-to-z/

 

©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

 

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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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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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!

 

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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

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

After having left my February post on the late side, I am getting the March post in early!  The piecemeal nature of this journal continues its meandering way, as I do mine, making my way through the vast expanse called life!

 

Desiderata written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann

Someone pointed me in the direction of this lovely piece of writing, which I share with you.

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,
even to the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

 

This has been quoted from the following website:  https://www.poemhunter.com/max-ehrmann-2/

Desiderata was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann, a poet and lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana. The word desiderata means “things that are desired.” Ehrmann said he wrote it for himself, “because it counsels those virtues I felt most in need of.”

There are also many audio versions of Desiderata by Max Ehrmann, for example the following:

 

 

 

This journal; this “meandering discourse”, serves to educate you on what happens alongside my painting and visual artwork. Though I don’t often make direct references to all that inspires me, confronts me, meets me, greets me and generally impacts my life, and therefore my work,  (which is just as well to be honest, because the important meaning in your relationship with my painting is based upon your own life and experience, not mine), however, my painting is one facet of the whole, not the whole, and folk often like to know about the creator behind the art.  Sharing what inspires me, may add a dimension to someones experience of my work, and this is something which can add some depth.  Many artists are also writers, and/or musicians.  It’s good to have different forms to hand.  I think writing for me has relieved me of some pressures, and given me a place to explore concepts through a medium I find best suited to it.  With painting I am relieved of any need to say or sound anything other than the materials I work with, the rhythms of painting are poetic and resonate emotionally, free of any need to be or say anything other than they are.  And that feels good and liberating to me.  So I write regularly and this is helpful.  It is a very useful tool to have, among the paintbrushes, rollers, and collection of materials.  And now I have started to learn hand drumming, which is probably the best new activity I have started for years.  This links in with my painting; the connection being rhythms and resonance, and presence and space and all those things which words don’t quite manage to express!

I learnt one of the rhythms from Sinte last night!

 Kingston Artists’ Open Studios 2018

Getting ready for this year’s Kingston, Surrey Artist’s Open Studios.

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!

Hope to see you! Jenny Meehan

 

Bits and Bobs

I post past work up from time and time.  I find it helpful to look back fairly often and ask new questions about what I was doing and why.  It also reminds me of what matters to me, and how certain strands have developed over the years.  It’s essential in order to come up with new directions, because in looking back you actually see things anew and recognise the elements of your work which you still like and which interest you.  Like old friends, who know you well, they often offer important insights!  Here is some past work:

 

“Round and Round Inside My Head” Monoprint  by Jenny Meehan

Oil based ink, graphite, and oil pastel on paper.

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jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

I don’t use linear elements in my work so much now, or when I do they are hidden lines formed not from direct application of a media but from edges and the meetings of other forms.  I have recently started using tearings and collage a bit more and this is bringing line into my vocabulary once more.  I have been once again inspired by Francis Davidson, whose work I saw again at the end of last year, and this exhibition was helpful to me.  I likes the strips very much and this has given me a few thoughts about future direction which are very timely.  I don’t tend to talk about my thoughts for the future in any detail as they need incubation time, and it is easy to diffuse things before they have properly had a chance to grow.

I think of Henry Moore saying ” It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work. (Henry Moore). I heard or read that quote years ago and it has stuck with me.  I completely “get” this.   I love writing and have decided to keep the sharing of my work to this Journal, rather than use Instagram.  I did start using Instagram, but felt this “dissolve” immediately.  As far as I understand it is thought best for artists to share their work in progress. Because this is interesting.  People are interested in  how artists make their work.  However this feels like a violation to me.  This is probably due to the way I personally work, because I work in such a piecemeal, gradual, and extended process, with work coming out and being put away, over a period of years. Privacy is part of the process.  It’s not that I don’t share work in progress at all, because I do.  But I don’t want the pressure of feeling I need to supply a stream of my work to other people before it has found itself and feels some degree of its own resolution.

If my work was different, I don’t think this would be an issue.  For example, if I was sketching and making work which went from start to finish in one fell swoop, I don’t think I would feel the same way about using Instagram.  Slightly conversely, this journal gives me a chance to share about my work but in a way which is limited, quiet, and doesn’t have the effect of diluting any of the energy.  I don’t talk about my work very much at all to other people, only quite rarely.  I find it interesting being a visual artist in this current age, where so much is public that would not have been public in years gone by.  It gives me some pleasure that my writing is here for people to read if they are interested, but I see this Journal as being as much a tool for my own development as it may be for “the public” eye.   It is the only organised writing I have, because the rest floats around all over the place, in small notebooks and pieces of paper!   The organisation of it, in the  liquid “stream of consciousness form, may be it’s prime virtue! Kind of not chaos and not order, but between the two!

Below is  “Baptism/Into the Ocean” Painting by jenny meehan

 

 

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jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

It looks equally good rotated to the left and displayed as portrait…  This is available for sale so contact me via my website contact page at jamartlondon.com if interested.  http://www.jamartlondon.com/

It’s got a lot of energy!

“Pillar and Moon”  below is also available.  http://www.jamartlondon.com/

 

 

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jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

 

This digital photographic work below evolved from a photograph taken in Oxshott Woods, one of my favourite places.  I went there each Sunday as a child and continue to make regular walks through the woods!

 

 

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jenny meehan jamartlondon art work uk licensable images

 

Henry Moore Quotes

I quoted Henry Moore earlier and found several quotes from him I would like to take note of:

The important thing is somehow to begin. (Henry Moore)

If an artist tries consciously to do something to others, it is to stretch their eyes, their thoughts, to something they would not see or feel if the artist had not done it. To do this, he has to stretch his own first. (Henry Moore)

To be an artist is to believe in life. (Henry Moore)

Art is a continuous activity with no separation between past and present. (Henry Moore)

 

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 haven’t put much up new, but did add this a few months ago:

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/works/29863227-dyno-blue-wall-tapestry-design-by-jenny-meehan?asc=u&ref=recent-owner

It’s called “Dyno Blue”.  Quick burst of activity on the computer, and there it is!  The wonders of technology!

dyno blue tapestry design jenny meehan© Jenny Meehan. All Rights Reserved, DACS

dyno blue tapestry design jenny meehan © Jenny Meehan. All Rights Reserved, DACS

 

Gum Arabic Preparation

I was recently looking over some experimental paintings I had made with  home made watercolour paints.  The paints still look great in their pots.  I made mine to keep in liquid form and put more clove oil in them.  They are keeping very well.  I really enjoyed making them and it much easier to be lavish and generous when using materials which are more affordable.  All the pigments used were mineral, earth, iron oxides or mixes, and and NO FILLER at all!  It is great to have better control possible through being the master or mistress of your own fillers!!!!

I didn’t use honey, (I don’t think, or I may have just put a bit in, cannot remember!!!) but as said, I wasn’t trying to make blocks, and kept it liquid!  Here is the recipe I used but I used my slow cooker.

Gum Arabic Preparation
Ingredients
• 300 grams (10.5 oz) Gum Arabic powder
• 3 drops Clove Oil (optional)
• 1 liter (2.1 pints) of boiled water
The ratio is 1 part gum to 2 parts water. Boil water and pour over the powdered gum, stirring to make sure there are no lumps. Allow the mixture to soak 24-48 hours for full absorption.
Add drops of Clove Oil to extend shelflife. Prepared Gum Arabic must be stored in the refrigerator to deter mold growth. It may be advisable to make small batches so the solution will be fresh rather than storing larger quantities for an extended period of time.
Watercolor Preperation
• Prepared Gum solution (Arabic or Tragacanth)
• Honey (Acacia is preferable) in a 10% proportion to the weight of Gum solution used
• Pigments
Mix all the ingredients and crush them on a glass plate using a spatula to obtain a paste with a thick, creamy consistency. It is recommended that you finish the mixture by crushing it with a glass muller (available at art supply stores). Transfer your paints to saucers for painting. When creating your initial gum, you may wish to addGlycerin as a plasticizer to prevent cracking and brittleness. The ratio would be 1 part Glycerin or less by volume to 5 parts of your prepared gum solution. Add the Glycerin after gum has been completely dissolved but while still warm.

I still have my gum arabic solution in the fridge, over a year later, and it still looks fine.  I use it in my hair at the moment, because I have made myself a single braid, and need to dip the end of it into the solution to make it easier to thread a bead through it!!!  I didn’t bother with grinding pigments….  I like using them a bit coarser, I prefer the way the light bounces off them.  If I was painting miniatures or tiny detailed paintings I guess I would want them finer but why use them finer unless you need to?

Studio Tent

 

 

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

The image above was taken in the Summer.  It’s still too cold in the studio tent at the moment, but I have started pottering around in there!

Below a few images of work.  These two “Yoga Inhale” and Yoga Exhale” paintings both sold.  I take lots of photographic images of my work, cropping and at different angles and orientations, as it is a helpful way of looking at what I have done.  Details also get forgotten.  Particularly if I don’t have the painting any more.  I use previous paintings for reference points all the time.

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

jenny meehan jamartlondon abstract expressionist lyrical textural colorist paintings licensable images

jenny meehan jamartlondon lyrical abstract expressionistic paintings in progress

New Knee Anniversary!

One year today, I had my knee replacement!  Now I have hit the one year mark I am stopping my piece of writing, which inhibits another page on this blog. https://jennymeehan.wordpress.com/the-very-patient-knee-replacement-story-by-jenny-meehan/

Not going to write much here about the knee, more than mention it.  The project is over!  My life goes on, and it’s a lot better than it was just over a year ago!

IMG_7305knee replacement in bed

Great Quote from Frank Auerbach

I enjoyed reading this interesting article:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/may/16/frank-auerbach-when-paint-fantastic-time-lots-girls?CMP=share_btn_fb

My favourite part:

He says the obligation to take account of the art that has gone before carries two demands: “first that you attempt to do something of a comparable scale and standard, which is impossible; second that you try and do something that has never been done before, that is also impossible. So in the face of this you can either just chuck it in, or you can spend all your energy and time and hopes in trying to cope with it. You will fail. But as Beckett very kindly said for all of us, ‘try again, fail better’, and painting just took me over.”

That’s it for this month!

PS

If you would like to donate money to help support my creative practice I can accept donations 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.  If you do this, there isn’t a system for me to contact you and thank you, so you will need to believe you have my heart felt thanks!

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. 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!

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!

studio tent jenny meehan

studio tent jenny meehan

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!

SWF_Jenny_Meehan_14d_33% vibe drome on display london bridge

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!

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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. 

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

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

 

 

Thinking, Thinking and Thinking a little bit more…

I am still thinking about the installation”Wetin You Go Do? ”    I saw last month at Tate Modern.  Large concrete spheres with rope which ran  through them.  Like large beads!  I couldn’t get a ball and chain out of my mind while walking around the installation.  How heavy those beads looked.  I could identify with that heaviness, and for me the experience resonated of the heaviness of not being able to move. Because beads and orbs must roll around mustn’t they?  Made to do that.  But no movement there.   As I have experienced in some degree reduced mobility over the last couple of years, it was an experience which  hit my core.

As a child I loved dancing, and I wanted to be a ballet dancer.  Dancing was my freedom, and as I was  growing up in  a household which was oppressive in many respects, and in which I did not feel free to be myself, movement has always been something which matters with a force of feeling I am very conscious of. The associations I have with dancing and ballet are all good.  That was my space, my being, my freedom, my territory.  So walking around “Wetin You Go Do? ”  2015, the work of  Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga was profound.  The fact that I was able to walk around it, with no stick, no pain, and with the freedom to walk around and around, as many times as I wanted, is great.  It made the immovable nature of the concrete orbs even stronger in my mind.  To be created in a form which is meant to move, and to not move, seemed the uppermost idea in my mind.

The text on “Wetin You Go Do? ”  says that it “integrates voice and sculpture to reflect on contemporary anxieties”.  It was quite beautiful to listen to and there was movement in the voices and the sound.  To have the overlapping sound was almost healing in effect.  Like water.  The sound was edited and layers, and each sphere represented an imaginary character.  The cross over of the voices meant they never quite met, even though linked together.  I guess this is something I understood personally as symbolising that there is no escape from our own unique individual experience. Our own narrative, story, is our own.  We can tell it and say it, and it may be heard or it may not.   However linked we are, there is an overlapping which means some of our voice is missed.  I cannot remember if there were points at which there was a meeting of the voices ( I mean, a small space left so that one voice seemed to respond to another) but I think there was at times.  I did go back to dwell in the space again the week after my visit, but it had finished!  I would have gone back every week if I had known about it sooner.  It meant that much to me!

The soundtracks in “Wetin You Go Do? ”   were partly narrative and partly song.  As well as some statements in English, French and Nigerian Pidgin, there were the watery poetic meanderings (and you know how much I like meanderings!) of a stream of consciousness narrative . Meandering monologues!   I am very fond of the stream of consciousness narrative mode, which I first encountered when studying Mrs Dalloway, a novel by Virginia Woolf, as part of my Literature degree.  “Stream of consciousness”  describes a literary form where a person’s thoughts and conscious reactions to events are perceived as a continuous flow.  The term was introduced by William James in his Principles of Psychology (1890).

Though the dialogue in “Wetin You Go Do? ” was improvised by the artist on the subject of reflecting on life’s difficulties, so in emotional expression, steeped in anxiety; I found it oddly soothing.  I suppose maybe it’s kind of wonderful when emotion is expressed.  Expressed anxiety is shared, and the installation as a whole did hold a huge sense of interconnectedness which is comforting and made the space very expansive even though enclosed.

I went back to see it a second time, but it had finished!

I have made several trips to Tate Modern recently.  I am getting a lot out of it.  Now I can walk freely, I can fill up with visits to galleries!   This is very good and very important to me.

Big Brainstorming!

I am enjoying brainstorming and having a very productive time in the thought department.  While my painting is rather “finishing off” orientated.. not that there ever is an end to a painting… but what I mean, maybe… is just visually resolving a few of the painterly footsteps I make as I meander through life!  But alongside the current of traces of paint, snail like trails which follow behind me, there is a lot going on.  Being very inspired!  I had a FANTASTIC three hours at the Barbican for the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition.  I have been seriously shaken up and stirred!  I knew I would, which is why I went!  And the fantastic day ended with the amazing “Interchange” experience:

Text from website:

“Friday Tonic: Interchange

Part of EFG London Jazz Festival
See an exciting new jazz dectet comprising ten of the nation’s most innovative jazz composers and improvisers.

Ten of the UK’s leading female musicians combine in a new initiative led by Issie Barratt, playing new music from women composers representing a breadth and diversity that crosses generations and cultural backgrounds.

Interchange’s programme of ten new works keenly explores the full emotional spectrum while collectively pushing the composed and the improvised to the max.

Because of Interchange’s diverse cultural background combined with their mutual experience across all genres (jazz, pop, classical, world music) they’re a very genre-fluid ensemble. For example, Shirley Karen is a regular member of both Mike Westbrook’s big band and the Ballet Rambert, while Carol’s either touring with Seal or playing on TV soundtracks. Shirley’s equally at home playing jazz, Middle Eastern or classical cello and Yazz is as comfortable working with the LSO as with the LJO making for an eclectic and vibrant mix.

Issie Barratt is supported by PRS for Music Foundation”

While they were playing several small children were moving to the music…At times with beautiful expressive movements, among the general running, jumping and chasing each other around.  It was delightful. I took note of some of their moves, though unfortunately, mobile as I am, I am not sure I can quite do all of them!!!

Research

I am currently doing a lot of research on materials and textures.  And colour, of course.  Also, though I do love my iron oxides, earths and other metal based inorganic pigments, I did succumb to the violent modern dye based experience over the year with “Water Fight/Mad Moment” and I also succumbed to the lure of plastic gloves!  This may be a sign of things to come!

… as you see here:

I don’t always dress like  this…It was a special occasion!  Look at those arms!  Swimming arms and good for holding big heavy paintbrushes!

 

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I have tended to refer to acrylic paint as “liquid plastic” and I don’t like the feel of it all that much.  Well, not as much as silica sol mineral paint or oil paint.  But it dries quickly, and with just a studio tent and no other permanent space solely devoted to being a painting area, it does have its benefits.  No I am getting very interested in increasing the size of my painting, this brings with it many practical issues.  However, as I think I have written before, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention”.  Well, it can be.  Sometimes it is just a pain in the arse and annoying.

So I am doing a lot of experimentation at the moment with more affordable substrates than stretched canvas.  As I want to paint larger, I need to change the materials I use.  I have a lot of materials around me in my domestic environment.  I have a lot of sheets and tablecloths, pillow cases and lots of other materials which I could use.  I am keen to recycle the materials I already have.   I enjoy experimenting and researching… I spent at least six months when I was looking into silica sol mineral paint…So this is going to take some time.  I am also considering, alongside my usual emphasis on ensuring my materials are compatible, stable, long lasting and as permanent as possible, using some materials which are temporary and experimenting with painting which is temporary.  I feel as long as I know what I am doing in terms of the materials, I can do what I want.  What is distressing is when artists use materials which they don’t know the properties of.  For example, doing work in biro which they want to last and think will last, but not checking if the ink in the pen is permanent or not!!!

I am also thinking very much that I need to move myself in to the moment more.  It is so easy for me to think about my production and what I produce, but lose the value of the moment, of the very act of being and doing something for its own sake.  There is a ritualistic aspect to my painting.  I sometimes dance or move, listen to music, exercise… the list goes on. It is relatively easy to produce a pleasing painting.  It can be harder to shed the mental shroud of it needing to matter.  In the end it is a simple entering into an experience of life giving interaction with materials and movement.  It is the movement which now interests me.  Probably because I feel so very very grateful for it.

I do need more space.

I need a room of my own.

My studio tent is full.

And it’s very COLD at the moment.

I do have my kitchen table.

I am constantly aware of the restrictions on my art working in financial and practical areas.  But I am happy too.  Because I am blessed to be an artist. It is a calling in life for me.   I was grateful many years ago to someone I spoke to who reminded of this.  I was moaning about financial restrictions, and they simply said about their own painting “I am so grateful that I have the gift I have.”  And I am so grateful to them for reminding me.  It’s very easy to fall into being negative.

So as I seek to enlarge the area of my painting, I can utilise what might hold it back, and enable it to move forwards.  No problem.

No Problem/Moving On Jenny Meehan/Jennifer Meehan SWLEOC art donation image 2017

Jenny Meehan/Jennifer Meehan SWLEOC art donation image 2017 No Problem/Moving On

Yes!  No problem, again!  I have popped this in because I saw it in it’s place today when I was at SWLEOC for the Patient Forum.   It really does look like it was made to go where it is placed.   They did a good job of finding its home for it, because it certainly looks at home!

 

 

“Wisteria Trellis” Print by Jenny Meehan

 

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wisteria trellis by jenny meehan© Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights Reserved

Above is “Wisteria Trellis” another print.  This was exhibited at “Bah Humbug” KAOS exhibition Cass Art 2016

My thoughts on it at the time:

More aware of the value of support systems in daily life, the motif of a trellis as a support for growth is an important one for me. Collage as a technique has started to sneak into some of my paintings, and is not new to me in terms of digital imagery, but with the introduction of a graphic plant motif, combined with experiments with printed colour, the production of small printed images provides an interesting strand of my work which I am able to do while seated.”

I was needing to be rather more seated than I wanted!  Now, with my nice new knee,  I have to remind myself to sit down from time to time!

And my supports, in the form of crutches and sticks, have lain unused for months!

I am now 8 months post op from my TKR.  I will be posting the update on “The very patient knee replacement story by Jenny Meehan” soon.  It is getting quite hard to fit that additional writing in!  I have given up on including images.

 

Second Prize in the Chester Art Centre Open Exhibition 2017

I now need to sort out some more printing because I won 2nd Prize in the Digital Art section of the Chester Art Centre Open Exhibition this year, with “Leap of Faith”.

 

Leap of Faith…This time paid off!

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You can buy unsigned prints of “Leap of Faith” on Redbubble.com  It is under its first title “Take Courage/Leap of Faith”.  I like two titles!

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

It was printed as part of the Chester Art Centre Exhibition and the framed print was purchased.

I am very pleased about winning £150 worth of printing,  because I no longer have an A3 printer (it broke), so it is rather timely!  I have a series of prints I am working on still which I would like printed.   I don’t tend to produce limited edition prints very much, but just sign and number them, as it gives me a lot more freedom as an artist to do what I want with my imagery in the future.  As I don’t spend much time producing prints this means all my prints are limited in number!  There are also open edition unsigned prints available of some of my selected images at Redbubble.com.   Now is the age of printed matter all over the place.  No point in artificially limiting numbers for most of the things I print, in my opinion.  As long as I get my royalty and people don’t use my images without my permission, I am happy.    They have LOTS of merchandise you can have printed with my images!

One example:

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/works/21152134-trellis-wisteria-floral-design-jenny-meehan-jamartlondon?p=poster&rel=carousel

Take a look!

 

Moral Rights Information

Here for my own information!  As I have said before, I use this blog as a bit of a notepad!

Quoted from DACS Newsletter September 2016

 https://www.dacs.org.uk/latest-news/copyright-uncovered-moral-rights?utm_source=DACS%2BGeneral%2BMailing%2BList&utm_campaign=4c1d8e013c-DACS_newsletter_Sep_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_de159500fe-4c1d8e013c-222682597&mc_cid=4c1d8e013c&mc_eid=747412c6ec&category=For+Artists&title=N

Whereas copyright allows you to control how your work is reproduced and distributed, moral rights protect your name and reputation – so it is important to be aware of them.

There are four moral rights under UK law:

  • The right to be identified as the creator of your work – known as ‘the Attribution Right’
  • The right to object to derogatory treatment of your work negatively affecting your reputation – known as ‘the Right of Integrity’
  • The right to not be identified as the creator of a work created by someone else – known as ‘The Right to object to False Attribution’
  • The right to not have photographs or films that were commissioned for private and domestic purposes exhibited, broadcast or issued to the public – known as ‘the Right of Privacy in certain photographs and films’

 

Artists Exhibiting – Open Studios of the 18th Century- Painters in search of their Public

I found the following read charming… And discovered  that my kitchen and living room space, which serves as a display area for a selection of my paintings,  has some historical precedence, of which I knew not!

The Illustrious Academies: 17th and 18th Centuries (The painter in search of his public: the commercialization of art) …  quote from  Chambers Arts Library “How to read Paintings 2- The secrets of the artist’s studio”

“A change was occurring, particularly in France at around the time the Academie was founded, whereby the distinction between artists who “peddled their own wares” and those who (at least in an ideal sense) painted or sculpted out of love for their art (receiving the thanks of delighted clients who where able to appreciate their talent and the time they had devoted to their work) became even more clear-cut.  Thus in his petition to the king, Martin de Charmois asked that anyone who ran a shop be prohibited from calling himself a painter or sculptor.  There was doubtless a good deal of hypocrisy in this.  Whether they belonged to the guild (whose members were allowed to deal in art) or the Academie, artists had to earn a living, and in reality it was fully acknowledged that they had no need to limit themselves to salaries and privileges – which were growing in number but still only benefited a minority of artists – provided they sold only their own paintings and went about it discreetly.  In 17th- century France, therefore, transactions tended  to be carried out not in workshops that opened onto the street, but in the upper rooms of the house in which the artist worked or in a room disguised as a sitting room adjoining the artist’s studio (as in the room in which Poussin painted himself in the Louvre self-portrait, which was probably at the back of the courtyard of a private mansion or at the top of  building.)

The same arrangement was usual in 18th-century England.  The most famous artists maintained a showroom – a sitting room or private gallery – next to their studio.  During the second half of the 18th century, Joshua Reynolds had his studio in Leicester Fields in London.  The painter showed his own paintings here, taking care to recreate the hushed atmosphere of a private apartment.  He also offered curios and old masters for sale, the latter in order to increase the prestige and therefore the price of his own work.  Angelika Kauffmann, a Swiss painter who settled in London in 1766, also maintained an exhibition room next to her studio in Suffolk Street, not far from where she lived.  She described the arrangement as follows : ” I have four rooms, one in which I paint, another in which, in keeping with the custom here, I hand my finished paintings… People come and sit here – to visit me or to see my pictures; it would be out of the question to receive the public in a room which was not handsomely decorated.”

 

And so, indeed it would!  However, I trust the room need not be spotless, because it is very hard, or maybe even impossible, for a artist with an additional domestic/home management role to have time to do both her painting and a sufficient amount of housework.  !!!!  And, I may “peddle my wares” and paint for love, I trust.  Indeed, in order to paint for love, finances are needed.  I need people to buy my work… In doing so, they ensure I am able to continue.  Resources are limited.  Just love this..

“People come and sit here – to visit me or to see my pictures; it would be out of the question to receive the public in a room which was not handsomely decorated.”   

I do agree.

My kitchen space, and sometime studio, and my studio tent, and sometime greenhouse, are NOT handsomely decorated one little bit.  But the welcome is there!

 

“The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story by Jenny Meehan.”

Well,  I need to get on with writing the 8 month update on “The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story by Jenny Meehan.”  It is certainly not the sort of writing I thought I would be engaged in, but little did I know what would happen with my knee!  I feel it is worth investing my time into it, as major surgery is a very challenging experience, and I wanted to do something which may help other people going through the same operation!  Everyone has very different experiences and everyone’s situation is very different, but I felt by sharing my experience it might prove useful in some way.  Because I have an ongoing interest in trauma recovery, it seemed to add another dimension to my existing interests.    I am also working on an abridged version, as the full version is rather long.  But writing it kept me sane as I had a project to work on which I could do throughout the whole period.  I will stop writing it at the one year mark.

https://jennymeehan.wordpress.com/the-very-patient-knee-replacement-story-by-jenny-meehan/

 

https://jennymeehan.wordpress.com/abridged-version-of-the-very-patient-knee-replacement-story-by-jenny-meehan/

 

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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

Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) BA Hons (Lit.) PGCE  offers art tuition.  Please contact Jenny at j.meehan@tesco.net or 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. 

I am also keen that my  art work is appreciated and accessible to as many people as possible, and am aware that not all art lovers and art collectors can afford to buy original paintings or limited edition prints.  For that reason I grant licenses for the use of my imagery. (See Redbubble.com and DACS information below). 

To be placed on Jenny Meehan’s  bi-annual  mailing list please contact Jenny via her website contact page:  www.jamartlondon.com

Also, you could follow the Jenny Meehan Contemporary Artist’s Journal at WordPress and keep informed that way. 

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Website Link for jamartlondon:  www.jamartlondon.com 

A selection of non objective paintings can be viewed on pinterest:   https://uk.pinterest.com/Jamartlondon/

 

Help me continue my practice/art working:

 Jenny Meehan art images on Redbubble and Image Licensing through the Designer and Artists Copyright Society

If you would like a way of helping me in some small way, while benefiting from my art working yourself, then scoot along to redbubble.com where you can buy various products with my imagery on them.  It is a good company and they produce and sell their products with my images on.  I get a small royalty payment when something is sold.  It all helps a little. Here is the link to the pages on Redbubble.com which show prints with my imagery on them:

https://www.redbubble.com/shop/jenny+meehan+prints?cat_context=u-prints&page=1&accordion=department

My prints and some merchandise which uses my artwork can also be purchased safely and easily through Redbubble.com

Here is the link to the main Jenny Meehan portfolio page on Redbubble.com:

http://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams?ref=artist_title_name

 

COPYRIGHT INFORMATION

All content on this blog,  unless specified otherwise,  is © Jenny Meehan.  Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts of writing and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jenny Meehan with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.  Images may not be used without permission under any circumstances. 

Copyright and Licensing Digital Images Information – Jenny Meehan

www.jamartlondon.com

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.

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,  you could contact Jenny Meehan in the first instance to clarify your requirements. There is a contact form on my website www.jamartlondon.com.  Alternatively you can contact the DACS directly;  https://www.dacs.org.uk/licensing-works

Licensing an image is quick and easy for both parties and is organised through the Design and Artist Copyright Society. (Note, my images are not shown on the “Art image” selection on the Design and Artist Copyright “Art Image” page. This does NOT mean you cannot apply for a license to use an image of my work from DACS… They simply have a very limited sample selection of work in their “Artimage” page!)

I have extensive archives of digital imagery, and keep records of all my art work, so  if you require an image similar to something of mine you have seen on the internet, it’s worth contacting me to see if I have something suitable for licensing if need be.  Use the contact form on my website jamartlondon.com to enquire:  http://www.jamartlondon.com/#/contact/4569980742

About Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) 

Jenny Meehan is an established artist who has been exhibiting for over ten years, mostly in the UK. Notable exhibitions include, most recently being selected for the Imagined Worlds touring exhibition of artworks inspired by the poem ‘Kubla Khan’ and inclusion in “Building Bridges, the Female Perspective” at Tower Bridge Victorian Engine Rooms in 2016. Jenny has been a keen supporter of various charity art exhibitions over the years including the National Brain Appeals ” A Letter in Mind” at Gallery@oxo, South Bank, London and the “Anatomy for Life” Exhibition for Brighton Sussex University Hospitals Trust in 2015

Selected by a wide range of judges in open submission exhibitions, her work appeals to the aesthetic and emotional discernment of many, and has been displayed in many prestigious galleries. These include the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, in 2015, as part of their Open Exhibition, and the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex, as part of the Pallant House Gallery/St Wilfrid’s Hospice Open Art Exhibition in 2010.

Jenny Meehan’s work has been included in several academic projects and and publications including “Speaking Out – Women Recovering from the Trauma of Violence” by Nicole Fayard in 2014 and the ongoing “Recovery” Exhibition project – Institute Of Mental Health/City Arts, Nottingham University, also in 2014. While her romantic, lyrical, expressionistic, abstract paintings offer a contemplative space free from cares and concerns, other strands of her practice engage with subjects ranging from violence, trauma recovery, psychoanalysis, and mental health.

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August!

I have been experimenting with egg tempera.  This is painting suited to a small scale of course.  Quite different to what I have been doing over the last few months. From large scale to small, the movement between the two is interesting.  All materials have their strengths and weaknesses.  For larger scale lyrical abstract expressionist painting quick drying acrylics have their advantages.  Yet for smaller scale paintings, it may be that egg tempera might provide an avenue for painting which yields promise.  I like using natural materials.

I experimented with egg tempera at West Dean College this year.  It has encouraged me to continue with my experiments with Keim mineral paints.  A gentle reminder about another strand in my work.  I love silica-sol paint and Keim Optil and Soldalit are lovely.  I dealt with Keim several years back when painting the mural at Trafalgar Junior School.  I used Beeck silicate dispersion paints and also the Keim Soldalit (silica sol paint) for the lines.  I found the Keim Soldalit much easier to use than the Beeck silicate dispersion paint and wished I had painted the whole mural in it.  We live and learn.  Keim were an excellent company to deal with and very helpful with respect to technical information.  I continue to experiment with Optil and Soldalit, on smaller scale paintings at present.  Here is a link to information on that mural.  It was good to teach the children about ecologically friendly paint options and materials.

 

https://jennymeehan.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/trafalgar-junior-school-exterior-wall-mural-painting-images-jenny-meehan/

https://jennymeehan.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/trafalgar-junior-school-exterior-mural-on-playground-wall-finished/

I experimented with making my own watercolour paints last year.  They are still looking good in their pots, thanks to oil of cloves.

West Dean Taster Session with Jon Edgar

One of the highlights of West Dean College for me this year was working in three dimensions during the taster session taught excellently by Jon Edgar.  Stimulating mentally, he facilitated our learning with a exercise involving making a sphere before going on to carve a block of soap.  I am rather pleased with mine.  I really need to do more work in three dimensions.  You can see I enjoyed examining the work afterwards!

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

soap sculpture west dean college jenny meehan

The blue gloves were part of my costume for the evening dinner event…

Gracious, look at those muscles!

Here are the other images from that taster session!

three photos above jon edgar©  for info on his courses see: http://www.jonedgar.co.uk/teaching/?main_selected=teaching

 

Artists writing about their work

As an artist who likes to write about what I do,  I prefer to do this  in a simple and direct manner, with the aim of helping people to engage with my work, rather than scaring them away.  And  I am also someone who engages in meandering ramblings this way and that, here in my journal, because it helps me sort my head out.  And because I can…I enjoy writing… And starting sentences with “and” as much as I want to…The following work on International Art English holds many a jewel! Language is an interesting matter. A matter we work with.

https://www.canopycanopycanopy.com/issues/16/contents/international_art_english

And I read this with wonder, and a certain amount of delight… for this work by David Levine and Alix Rule which “touched off a minor furor with its attempt to prove scientifically that the art world was a hive of pompous windbags”  is rather beautifully true.   It’s not a new piece of writing, and I remember  reading a little about it nearer to the time it was written.  However, the current of writing about art which is hard to understand, continues none the less, with vigour.  Maybe it is simply because it SOUNDS clever.  I would rather sound straightforward.  And be thought less intelligent or academic as a result.  It does not bother me.

I am sure I could compose some clever paragraphs which made me sound more intelligent than I am, but I would betray myself and others in the process.  And if that “intelligence” is some kind of delusion anyway,  or a mystic aspiration to enter a world which does not exist,(or even does, but I have no interest in) then that too seems a bad idea.  And, I would be ashamed of myself if I ever used “International Art English” for my own work.  If you ever catch me doing so, pick me up on it.  Back to the work in question.

They attempted to prove that  “the official language of art was a linguistically meaningless jumble of buzzwords written in a tortured style imported from French theory, a claim the authors said they could verify through running 13 years of press releases through a computer.”  (quotes from http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/911210/international-art-english-the-joke-that-forgot-it-was-funny

written by BY BEN DAVIS | JUNE 06, 2013  Follow link to read the whole article.  It’s an interesting read.

My take on this  is simply a kind of relief and pleasure on reading https://www.canopycanopycanopy.com/issues/16/contents/international_art_english

and in looking into this a little, I found the following…Which added to the enjoyment:

https://careersuicideblog.wordpress.com/artbollocks-bingo/

I like ALL of the https://www.canopycanopycanopy.com/issues/16/contents/international_art_english , but this caught my eye:

“But not everyone has the same capacity to approximate. It’s often a mistake to read art writing
for its literal content; IAE can communicate beautifully without it. Good readers are quite sensitive to the language’s impoverished variants. An exhibition guide for a recent New York City MFA show, written by the school’s art-history master’s students, reads: “According to [the artist] the act of making objects enables her to control the past and present.” IAE of insufficient complexity sounds both better and worse: It can be more lucid, so its assertions risk appearing more obviously ludicrous. On the other hand, we’re apt to be intimidated by virtuosic usage, no matter what we think it means.”

I wonder what the greatest crime might be in the realm of International Art English. It might be something like “I did this because I felt like it”!  Or, “I did this picture for you.”  Or “I had a lot of this colour of paint left over, and I wanted to use it up.”  Or “I didn’t have a clue about what I was doing, to be honest.”

“I didn’t have a clue about what I was doing, to be honest.” is probably the best one, I think.  Yet, when pushing boundaries in painting, it may be the most helpful attitude to have.  I am not dismissing thinking analytically about one’s work and what it means. And history is very important.  Relating your work to what has happened and is happening from time to time is good.  But in the end the meaning in the most intimate sense is very personal and cannot be disconnected from ones self  and one’s experiences and situation.  The real context is, essentially, pretty small.  References and relationships can be made beyond that, because it is interesting, can be fun, and it is good to apply what we do to other situations.  Maybe this is because it enables both us, and others, to experiment with looking at what we do/produce from different angles. This may also open up new, related ways of looking at things, perceiving and understanding aspects of experience, which enrich us all.  AND we all want to be relevant and contemporary. That kind of sounds so good.   The reality is, that you don’t have to try and be contemporary, because you just ARE if you live in the here and now!!!!

There are times when I am working on something that I do know what I am doing…I feel I have to add that into the pot.  Sometimes I work with a design…I don’t mean a physical one, but a mental plan, and I do have an idea of where I am going with it.  But normally the brain work attached to my art work comes AFTER I have created it.  Not before.  It is a bit like something landing in a pool and ripples coming out from it.  You spend time looking at what kind of effect it is making, and then how those ripples relate to what is going on with yourself and the world around you.  THEN you might write about it.  But I would not want to pretend that I know what I am doing when I do it, because most of the time I don’t.  Is not that true of life generally?  Don’t we often look back, and then see what was going on in retrospect?

We need distance, when viewing art work, but not a distance created artificially by language which promises to open up our eyes to a vision beyond ourselves, but is, in reality, a mirage bearing no kind of nourishment at all.

I was chatting to a gallery owner in London recently, and she told me that for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition artists now have to write a short statement about their work if they get past the first stage.  I didn’t know this, as I haven’t entered the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition for years.  I did realise they have changed the way they organise things, because there is now a digital image submission for the first stage.  I felt initially that this was good, because a lot less hassle practically, but in reflection of my conversation with the gallery owner, it is very  true that some paintings don’t look as good in a digital image as they do in real life, and some look much better than they do in the flesh!

I think some of my very textured lyrical abstract expressionist paintings would stand to lose a lot when viewed in an image.   Really need a few images in different lighting to see the paintings, especially as they are painted to be seen in different types of lighting across the day. Those different finishes I use sometimes cannot be appreciated at all in a digital image.  And there is always a huge distortion of colour, especially with reds and blues, plus the type of light the digital image of the painting is taken in.  When I produce images of my paintings I don’t spent ages matching the colours perfectly, because I don’t have any aim to make accurate reproduction prints.  I tend to see the digital image of my paintings as a separate entity and often develop the image as such.  However I do correct to some degree, having the painting in view as I make the adjustments.  I normally ensure levels are true, adjust the colour balance to remove the blue tinge which they carry, and adjust any prominent discrepancies which occur… just the obvious.. normally blue and red need attention.  So this gives me a reasonable reproduction suitable for use in conveying what the painting looks like.

However, not all artists will have the skill or knowledge to do this, and therefore this may be a stumbling block.  The other matter, that of providing an  artists statement for the submission to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition isn’t something which is difficult for me personally, with my degree in Literature and love of writing, I enjoy analysing what is happening with my work and what it means, and how it resonates for me.  It’s part of the process I enjoy.  However it is the case that there are many exceptionally talented artists, experts in visual expression, representation, and highly skilled in the craft of painting, who have huge problems with written expression.  It is a different art form, and they may find themselves disadvantaged by the new process.

I guess I had better start entering paintings into the Royal Academy  Summer Exhibition.  I have found the cost a little prohibitive, but as I am so near London, it may be foolish not to randomly enter something now and again.  It doesn’t matter so much to me… it would be a bit of a buzz, though in reality the whole thing is a bit of a lottery, and down to luck.  It’s not really an endorsement of the quality of ones work.  Just a super event and very creative and inspiring.  A showcase in the finest sense.  But it might be nice to try.  I don’t gamble in any other area of my life, ie don’t do lottery tickets or anything else betting wise!  And on the hanging day, it really is about what fits. Could be a good fit.  Could not.  Nothing to do with the actual art work.  But as this kind of thing matters to collectors and lovers of fine art,  and they see it as being an endorsement, I probably should have a few bashes at it.  Will look good!  Even if not that meaningful as a validation in the direct sense of the word.   I would like to go to the church service. That would mean the most to me personally.

 

Technical Interest Regarding Resins

I have been wondering if there a difference between polyester, acrylic, and epoxy resins.   I do experiment from time to time with new materials, as I believe this is important in order to keep things fresh.  While using acrylic emulsion, which is the basis of acrylic paint,  I have only dipped my feet in using acrylic resin, in the form of Rosco clear acrylic gloss which I mix with pigments and paints sometimes.  Plus also using a hot melt adhesive (HMA), (also known as hot glue) which is a form of thermoplastic adhesive that is commonly supplied in solid cylindrical sticks.  I used the hot melt glue in this painting:

 

© Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights Reserved lyrical abstract expressionist colourful textural art painting spirituality christian religious faith licensable image book covers etc see jamartlondon.com

joy pain painting by jenny meehan© Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights Reserved lyrical abstract expressionist colourful textural art painting spirituality christian religious faith licensable image book covers etc see jamartlondon.com

 

I am still thinking about this painting, therefore it is still in progress.  There may be some minor alterations to make.

jenny meehan abstract expressionist painting licensable art images book covers   detail of joy pain

Acrylic resin is a thermoplastic, which means it is one of a group of plastics which can be heated and manipulated repeatedly, whereas polyester resin and epoxy are thermosetting plastics, which use heat or a catalyst to solidify into a solid mass that won’t melt down.  Acrylic is mixed from acrylic polymer, a dry powder, a methyl methacrylate monomer, a thin liquid, and usually an organic peroxide hardener of some sort.

Polyester resin is a syrupy clear liquid, and is mixed with a small but variable amount of a strong catalyst, which causes the curing mass to heat up (and to craze if you’ve added too much.) It is versatile stuff, being useful for coating, casting, and building up composites, usually in conjunction with fiberglass cloth. It is not as hard or as clear as acrylic, having a somewhat yellowish tinge to it. And it—and especially the catalyst—is also highly toxic, and is persistently evil-smelling as well.

Epoxy resin works similarly, doesn’t smell as bad, but it—and the hardener that makes it set—is a sensitizer, meaning that you can get a nasty allergic reaction after repeated exposure. Some hardeners are not as bad as others in this respect. Epoxy won’t set water-clear like acrylic, and doesn’t resist sunlight (UV) degradation as well.,

Almost any dry pigment can be used to colour these resins, as well as various inert fillers which also add colour; there are also special polyester dyes available. It can be made opaque or transparent—acrylic is used for casting “plexiglas” sheets, among other clear things.

I am interested in the problem of yellowing, which is a problem when using these materials clear without colouration. Even if you start with a clear resin, this does not necessarily mean ‘colour free’. Some clear resins will have a yellow tint to them, which varies depending on the kind of resin. If you’re unsure about how clear the resin is  be sure to check with the retailer or manufacturer before making a purchase. Know that the clearer and more colour free the resin, the more it will cost because it is extra expense to remove the impurities. If you don’t need it clear you may even want to consider using an opaque resin, which will save you some money.

I have some Epoxy Glosscoat made by Vosschemie which I brought from Tiranti, but I have not tried it out as yet. It is a solvent free two component casting or coating resin:

“Description
Glosscoat is a cold curing, solvent free, transparent, easy flowing resin.
It is cured with Glosscoat hardener. Decorative pictures, collages and coatings with a smooth, high gloss surface can be made. The colours can be separated by wire inlays (similar to lead borders) or allowed to flow into one another. A coating of Glosscoat enhances the effect of wood grain.

Appliance
– Decorative coatings, collages on wood and other materials
– High gloss, transparent coats on various materials e.g. wood, plastics,
metals etc.”

 

The problem is that all epoxies will yellow over time and especially under UV sunlight. A clear epoxy turns yellow, a white epoxy turns golden, blue epoxies turn sort of green.While all epoxies will yellow (and you cannot add UV blockers to thermoset resin systems like epoxies) there are some epoxies that yellow more and yellow quicker. Do not believe anyone that claims to have a non yellowing epoxy or an epoxy with UV protection (other than pigment).

Well, that’s my technical research for now done!

Varnishing Paintings

Most of my everyday yellowing concerns are to do with how I varnish my paintings, which varies immensely depending on the work and characteristics of the painting.  I have UV protective laminate coatings, spray coatings, brush applied coatings and different varnishes.  All hugely different.  I choose accordingly. For some paintings, a slight variation in the colour of the varnish in time actually looks good!  I normally make a note of what I have used on the reverse of the painting, and as I hold much of my work for several years before offering it to other people, I can monitor what is happening.  I am pretty sure so far that any changes are only noticeable to myself, and my highly tuned eye which remembers the unmemorable!  Some people say that you don’t need to varnish an acrylic painting, but I don’t agree.  Acrylic paint is micro-porous and because I do adjust my paints, sometimes making them myself and adjusting ratios of binder and pigment, I need to ensure the work is well sealed and paint is not lose.  I don’t worry about the actual pigment colour fastness because I only use light fast pigments and tend to favour those with the most robust colour fastness anyway!  Plus modern day synthetic dye based pigments probably benefit from a bit of fading because they are so obscenely bright!  I spend a lot of my time knocking them back!

Random Quote from Jung

Yep, bit random.  That is the joy of piecemeal!

Jung saw collective neuroses in politics: “Our world is, so to speak, dissociated like a neurotic” (Jung, 1964:85).
[Contemporary man] is blind to the fact that, with all his rationality and efficiency, he is possessed by “powers” that are beyond his control. His gods and demons have not disappeared at all; they have merely got new names. They keep him on the run with restlessness, vague apprehensions, psychological complications, an insatiable need for pills, alcohol, tobacco, food – and, above all, a large array of neuroses. (Jung, 1964:82).

Yep. What can I add?  Not a lot.  Thank God for psychotherapy, reflective practice, contemplation, and paint.

And God (source of all LOVE) in action in the world, in hearts and lives of people!

Some Lovely Flora and Foliage from West Dean Gardens

I have been there recently.  I like to keep myself professionally developed!

I can credit the bulk of my artistic training to the Short Course Programme at West Dean College.

west dean college short course jenny meehan flora and foliage images© Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights Reserved

west dean college short course jenny meehan flora and foliage images© Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights Reserved

 

 

west dean college short course jenny meehan flora and foliage images© Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights Reserved

west dean college short course jenny meehan flora and foliage images© Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights Reserved

Lovely Bees.  Teach us about being.  The worker bee and the queen bee.  We need both in our lives.  A version of Martha and Mary in the Bible.  Sorry, this is a bit random and cannot be bothered to explain it in greater depth.  Just in summary, that our selves need to value the act of being as much as of doing! Our culture is not geared up for this at all.  Those busy bees gather what they need.   The fruit of their labour is made into honey.

 

Quote From St. Teresa of Avila

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

— St. Teresa of Avila

Painting, Painting, Painting, Painting

SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOD  to do everything without my knee stopping me!  Instead, it is helping me!  I am incorporating exercises and movement into my times of paintings.   This has always been important to me.  I find it helpful on so many levels.  Painting is not a static activity. It is movement, all movement, internally and externally.  The paint is moving and I am moving.  I am playing with space and colour.  It is a dance of motion, emotion, reflection and liberty. Now I am freer than I have been for years.  I can move better and I can paint more freely.  It is psychological and emotional as well as physical.  These parts of a person are not disconnected.  I have more time released to paint, because everything does not take as long as it used to.  I have recovered my old painting clogs and can wear them again!  I couldn’t wear them for two years because my knee was too painful and needed cushioning all the time when I was standing on my feet.  I haven’t limped since my TKR, not once.  Not even a glimmer.  I can stand up straight.  Not sure when the novelty of this will wear off!  Hope it never does!  Also great to get around London.  I can live without constant worry of if I will be able to get somewhere or not.  And not have what I do dictated to by knee restrictions!

 

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clog dance/sacred dance abstract paintings colour copyright jenny meehan DACS

The painting above is quite an old one, oil on canvas, done while dancing in my clogs.   Last time I wore them.  Now I am back in my clogs once more!  Tipped y tap!  I am not due to post an update on “The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story by Jenny Meehan” as yet, but if you would like to read it the link is at the right hand side of this blog.  Or go here. https://jennymeehan.wordpress.com/the-very-patient-knee-replacement-story-by-jenny-meehan/   It is at the five month mark at present.  It is not ideal to need a TKR aged 52, this is true.  It may not be a cause of rejoicing for many people.  But life is now life, while before it was running down a plughole.  I suffered a lot of agony before the knee replacement, and thankfully it all seems a distant memory now.  It wasn’t a good two years preceding the surgery.  But knee replacement surgery, far from being a “procedure of limited clinical value” is a life changing and liberating surgery, and I will always be grateful for it.

Another Cluster of Random Images

Here’s a few more photographs from the archives, as I look back for a while…

 

jenny meehan jamartlondon photo black white

jenny meehan jamartlondon photo black white

This was a small section in the ground either in or near the  Victorian Glasshouses in West Dean Gardens.  It was on a slab of stone, so I guess there must have been/or is something underneath the slab.  From the website;

“These splendid glasshouses were all built between 1890 and 1900 and were completely derelict before their restoration in the early 1990s. They are magnificent examples of Victorian craft and ingenuity. They are repainted on a four year cycle; the exteriors over summer, when the weather is kinder, and the interiors over winter, when the glasshouses can be emptied. In addition, they are hand scrubbed from top to bottom, inside and out, each winter, a process that takes two tolerant gardeners two months to complete. There are thirteen glasshouses in total, superbly restored. “

 

 

jenny meehan jamartlondon photo black white

jenny meehan jamartlondon photo black white

 

Another fond West Dean memory.  This restful landscape view is one I have in colour, which is a rich green.  However, this black and white version supplies so much visual interest, I dispensed with the green.  Most of my photography ended up being in black and white because I demand more colour control than I could deliver without actually printing my images myself.  I do continue with photographic imagery as part of my practice.

 

jenny meehan jamartlondon photo black white

jenny meehan jamartlondon photo black white

 

Again,  West Dean Gardens.  Looking across the River Lavant,  in the Spring, with the young Horse Chestnut leaves opening. The River Lavant is a winterbourne that rises at East Dean and flows west to Singleton, then south past West Dean and Lavant to Chichester. The River Lavant dries up around July and starts to flow again in November.


jenny meehan jamartlondon photo black white

jenny meehan jamartlondon photo black white

 

Do you remember these steps up the slide when you were a child?  I certainly do!  Being rather fond of metal objects of all kinds, this is one of my photographs of metal!  Now I can stand more, I may even make it back into the forge at some point!

 

jenny meehan jamartlondon photo black white

jenny meehan jamartlondon photo black white

 

Wooden ground/flooring, another image taken at West Dean Gardens.  I have used photography to develop my awareness of different textures and light.  My photography is completely relevant to my paintings, as though pictorial and black and white, the process of looking and taking them, and of creating the compositions is most valuable.  Wood, metal, and rock/stone, water and sky…All this awareness can be taken inside oneself and expressed in one’s painting.  You cannot always make direct associations with the source and inspiration of a painting, sometimes I detect a memory here and there, but I think my paintings are mostly a simple response to my experience of living and life.  Sometimes there is a clearer and more direct reference which I feel comfortable making.  It varies a lot.

 

jenny meehan jamartlondon photo black white

jenny meehan jamartlondon photo black white

Many of my photographs have been taken on Oxshott Heath, a much loved place for me, starting with walks as a child, and I am still walking there today!  Which is rather nice.. a sense of continuity and a link with myself as a child.  My Dad used to pluck a fern from the forest floor for my brother and I to hold like an umbrella.  It’s hard to pluck a fern from the forest floor… He was rather strong!  So this photograph makes me think of him!   I love growing ferns and have a bit of a collection in the garden now.  Cannot resist them!

 

 

The Snail in the Studio Painting by Jenny Meehan

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

the snail in the studio jenny meehan abstract painting

 

Thought I would pop this up. This is an example of one of my paintings with a very direct and clear reference/inspiration!  I have posted it not that long ago, but because I have been learning the art of patience, it seems so apt to post it again! I have not done so much in my studio this year, apart from tidy it up and sort it out,  because I have been working in the garden on bigger paintings, and also spent the earlier  months of the year  focused on recovery and rehabilitation from knee replacement surgery.  But I do go and sit in my studio tent often, to pray and contemplate.  And memories of constantly discovering snails had eaten up pieces of painted card I have from last year still fill my mind.  I painted on the card sometimes to mix paints and sometimes to take note of certain colours.  Amazingly the snail poo contains the colours…not surprising but novel to discover what has been eaten!  I have painted some more pieces of card and laid them out to see what those lovely snails will do this year.

So… “The Snail in the Studio” is my image of my studio.  It does not show you the appearance, but the general feel is right on.  The tarpaulin is translucent white and there are dabs of paint all over the place.  Things hang or sit in a random fashion and objects have a look of waiting to be picked up somehow, to my thinking.  It is a place of movement and activity which is also very still.  The shaft of sunlight breaks in through the generally diffused light.  And evidence of snails, working their way through things, is dotted here and there.

I used some of the remaining card, which the snails had left their own patterns on, in the painting/collage “The Snail in the Studio”.

While I enjoy my new found freedom, I am also surprised that the narrowing down my activity has been as rewarding as it has been.  The lead up to the knee replacement was like a river, the knee replacement surgery like a dam, and the time after has increased my mental meanderings, maybe because of the earlier necessity to drop all other activities.  I have this image in my head of tiny little rivers, or rivulets (must be a word?!) coming out of small outlets in the dam and what once was a river, is now many small and more slowly flowing rivulets.  I wonder how this is going to change my creative work? Will it just be a matter of doing less, (does not seem to be!) or just moving at a different pace? Or will I find greater depth even in the shallow and more slowly flowing waters? There is a certain discipline involved in doing less. Maybe when it comes to passionate art making, this is a good thing, and the holding back will bear its own fruit?   I have certainly lost the panic of feeling that I am never doing enough.  Had to let go of that completely over the course of this year!

And my studio…Yes, chaos, and wonderful creativity!

 The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story by Jenny Meehan

Yes, still banging on about this.  Will continue to do so!

On the theme of knee replacement surgery,   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!  It’s an ongoing project.  I am also going to attend the patients forum at SWLEOC (South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre).  I want to offer back anything that might be useful.

Oh what a laugh I am having watching the BBC series “Quacks”!  Puts knee replacement surgery into the background!  Love the humour…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05bsn8k

Rather outrageous!    So, beware, never worship your surgeon, however good they may be!!!

Good job they didn’t do TKR’s in Victorian times!!

 

Images of artists’ studios

How do artists depict their studio space? It is the most intimate and sacred place.  A place of being and creating at the core of the creative artist.  In that place what is revealed and what is discovered?  How is the studio space shown and why is it shown in the way it is shown?

In February 2015 (Yes, a while back) Gagosian Gallery picked “In the Studio” as the theme for an exhibition, more details here:  http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/in-the-studio-paintings–february-17-2015

The exhibition was devoted to images of artists’ studios, as recorded in photographs and paintings and featured more than 50 paintings and works on paper ranging over five centuries.    You can read more about it by clicking on the link below:

 

This year, a more recent peep into one artist’s studio!

Matisse in the Studio – Exhibition at the Royal Academy, London

Well, I am very pleased about this, as Matisse is certainly a painter who has influenced me and my own painting.  From seeing “The Snail” as a primary school child, a door opened into abstract art, and it was a pleasant introduction! Since then I have spent time looking at different examples of his vast creative practice.  But the opportunity to see this exhibition is most welcome and I will probably go in September I should think!

Here is the text quoted from the Royal Academy website, which gives a little insight into the nature of the exhibition:

“Step into the studio of Henri Matisse, brimming with the artist’s treasured objects. Focusing exclusively on their important role in his work for the first time, we will reveal how this eclectic collection took on new life in his transcendent art.

Matisse drew his collection from the far corners of the world: Buddhist statuary from Thailand, Bamana figures from Mali, furniture and textiles from North Africa. Rarely of material value, these objects were nonetheless precious. Offering points of departure to which he could return again and again, they appear in his work in different guises and across spans of decades, reinvented afresh in each new setting.Matisse’s objects formed his repertoire, but they also provided him with influences from beyond the limits of Western art. African sculpture and masks were a revelation, suggesting more expressive models for depicting the human figure and face. Later, Matisse adorned his Nice studio with props from the Islamic world to create the sensuous sets for his ‘odalisques’, in which a harmonious synergy emerges between figure and object. And as his oeuvre reached its joyous apex in his cut-out period, he looked to the concise precision of Chinese calligraphy and African textiles as he sought to invent his own simplified language of signs.This sumptuous exhibition offers a rare glimpse into the artist’s personal collection, as well as the paintings, sculptures and drawings it inspired. Seen together, they reveal how Matisse’s masterful vision of rich and masterful energy first stemmed from the collage of patterns and rhythms which he found in the world of objects.”Oh, that does sound rather inviting!More details here:It is probably going to be rather crowded, and far to busy, but I will still go and see it!https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/matisse-in-the-studio

The exhibition has already been seen at The Museum of Fine Arts, and here is a quote from Boston Magazine:   http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2017/04/07/matisse-exhibit-mfa-2/ :

“Eclectic, personal, and vibrant, “Matisse in the Studio” at the Museum of Fine Arts offers you the chance to delve into Henri Matisse’s whimsical world of figures, patterns, and objects. The new exhibit showcases 34 paintings, 26 drawings, 11 bronzes, seven cutouts, and three prints by the artist, along with 39 objects from his studio.

“Nothing happens alone,” says MFA director Matthew Teitelbaum. “There are some really extraordinary works that came from overseas, and without the National Endowment for the Arts indemnity program, this wouldn’t have been possible.”

The exhibit was curated by Helen Burnham, curator of prints and drawings at the MFA; Ann Dumas, curator of the Royal Academy of Arts; and Ellen McBreen, a Matisse scholar and associate professor art history at Wheaton College. Forty international lenders, both public and private, contributed pieces to “Matisse in the Studio,” organized by the MFA and the Royal Academy of Arts in London, where the exhibit will be displayed starting in August after its residency in Boston. The MFA partnered with the Musée Matisse in Nice, the only museum in the world dedicated to the art of Matisse.

Director of the Musée Matisse, Claudine Grammont, says that this exhibit gives the viewer access to the artist’s studio and his process of artistic creation, and describes the collection of paintings and objects as both “personal and intellectual.”

Located in Ann and Graham Gund Gallery, the various rooms of the exhibit focus on different themes in Matisse’s work, from pots and cutouts, to portraiture and more, shown alongside Matisse’s objects of inspiration.

In the first gallery, for instance, you’ll find a Spanish vase that Matisse acquired in Spain in 1910 and a silver chocolate pot, both shown in surrounding works by the artist.”

Quoted from: “Matisse in the Studio” Offers a Look into the Artist’s World
The Museum of Fine Arts offers a blockbuster exhibit of Henri Matisse paintings, as well as objects from his studio. By Claire Selvin | Arts & Entertainment | April 7, 2017, 12:42 p.m. Boston Magazine

Read the full article here: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/blog/2017/04/07/matisse-exhibit-mfa-2/

“To meditate is often to move through a land without paths.”
Christophe André

That’s it for now! Leaving you with a Summery Expression, in a portion of a painting!

 

summer seaside details romantic expressionist lyrical abstract painting by jenny meehan jennifer meehan

summer seaside details romantic expressionist lyrical abstract painting by jenny meehan jennifer meehan © Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights Reserved

 

About Jenny Meehan

I am a painter/visual artist/contemplative/poet/writer and mother, based in Surrey/South West London, UK.
Interested in spirituality (particularly Christ centred spirituality), creativity, emotional and psychological well-being.

I exhibit mainly in the UK, and am a member of Kingston Artists’ Open Studios. I am a trained teacher (PGCE) and hold occasional small groups in developing painting and drawing skills, and general visual creative expression.

Contact me via the contact form on my website http://www.jamartlondon.com if you would like more information with respect to art tuition, and/or if you wish to receive my my bi-annual newsletter.

My artistic training has been through the Short Course programme at West Dean College, Surrey and through local adult art education classes.  I exhibit widely over the UK and some of my paintings and prints are available for purchase.

Please note that all images of my artwork are subject to copyright law: All rights reserved: Jenny Meehan DACS (Designer and Artist Copyright Society). In the first instance, contact me, and I will refer, as/if appropriate.
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 JOY!

The joy of TKR?  Really? Are you sure?

Um, normally one associates the word “Joy” with something like the joy of sex, or the joy of birth or the joy of life, and NOT the joy of a knee replacement.  I have used the phrase in The very patient knee replacement story by Jenny Meehan: “I loved having a knee replacement”.  Well, it is a very painful surgery, which tempers any experience, however I insist on keeping my  sentence in place, even though it is rather odd! (I am a bit odd, if the truth be know, but it’s great fun being that way!)   The reason for this is I feel people are unduly put off having elective surgery on their knees because of a fear of the pain, even though they are already enduring long term chronic pain. But surgical pain can be managed very effectively,  and if a knee replacement operation is successful, it has the potential to give someone so much liberty and happiness… it can give them their life back basically… and THIS is the joy of having a knee replacement.

It is hard to leave a life of pain behind.  Sounds silly, and there are often areas of pain still around after a knee replacement operation, as the healing process takes a good year, or even up to two, I believe.  There are complications and risks, as with any surgical procedure.  Pain and how we negotiate our way through it is an emotional and psychological, as well as a physical process.  But as I have said before, the key difference is pain which happens as the body heals itself is a lot easier to deal with than the pain of deterioration.  Well, for me this has been the case.  We are all different.  There are people who regret having it done, or who don’t feel that it has helped them in their lives.  Who are disappointed and expected more of a result.  My “result” has been beyond what I could have imagined.  It is not simply a matter of pain reduction, but of restored function.  I can WALK and STAND up properly now.  I have no regrets, not one.

It is wonderful to paint BIG paintings!  Wonderful to walk where I need to go!  Wonderful to carry what I need to carry! Wonderful to be able to embrace again the aspirations which I found torn away in the two year period before my knee replacement surgery in March this year.  I reflect a bit on work, value and time at the end of this post.  Well, this surgery has blessed me with a lot of time!  I am miles more productive already than I was before the TKR.   This is everything to me, because my work is my passion, and it’s what keeps me alive, in the truest sense of the word.

I sold a couple of paintings and I have another image being used for a book cover.  This is great because it funds the work I do and enables me to carry on doing what I do. And now my knee cannot stop me from doing my work and as work is so important to me, it’s a great relief!

I like to give my artwork to people and organisations from time to time, if I am particularly grateful and so true to form I donated a print to the South West London Orthopaedic Centre in Epsom where I had my surgery.  It was such a positive experience which helped me in so many ways.  It is very important that the whole person is treated…not just the knee and the care I received was fantastic.  It helped immensely with my recovery.  And you need a positive hospital experience with TKR, because there is no getting away from the reality of it being a hard slog for the few months afterwards!   My surgeon was Mr Dinah, with his team,  and they and all the staff,  have done a very good job!

http://www.eoc.nhs.uk/news/artwork-donated-by-jennifer-meehan

Quote from their newsletter:

“SWLEOC would like to say a warm thank you to Jennifer Meehan who very generously donated a piece of her own artwork to the Centre.
 
Jennifer met with SWLEOC Medical Director Mr Philip Mitchell and Director Mary Richardson to discuss her experience as a patient at SWLEOC and her surgery which was performed by Mr Dinah. 
 
Afterwards, Jennifer kindly  donation a piece of art that she had created, which will now take pride of place in our Pre Theatre Department for all of our new patients to admire.”

 

It gives me a lot of pleasure to donate what was my personal print of ” No Problem/Moving On”.  I won’t be making another of the work the same…It’s a digital print mounted on foamboard and laminated.  Just right for a medical setting, as easy to clean!

Detail on the work:

No Problem/Moving On – Geometric Colour Abstract Print by Jenny Meehan jamartlondon.com

One of the “Signs of the Times Series” by Jenny Meehan

This artwork design conveys a positive attitude, and is the fruit of my interest in positive psychology and personal mobility challenges. A “can do” attitude in the face of resistance and difficulties is the only way to move forward. The design has something of my own experience of exercising in a gym with motion suggested through various formal elements, of varying speeds and a sense of progression.

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It gives me a lot of happiness to know that people will see it when they come in for their surgery.  It’s a good image of positive movement forwards, up beat and certainly has some bounce to it.   I think they have put it in an excellent place and it can do its work now.

The world needs artists.

Thank you to the person who said that to me!

It’s a treasure!

Here is No Problem/Moving On:

 

Jennifer Meehan/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,now at SWLEOC south west london elective orthopaedic centre

No Problem/Moving On sign of the times series jenny meehan (jennifer meehan) now at SWLEOC

 

Now I CAN move on!  With my “new” knee!

No Problem/Moving On Jenny Meehan/Jennifer Meehan SWLEOC art donation image 2017

Jenny Meehan/Jennifer Meehan SWLEOC art donation image 2017 No Problem/Moving On

I have an “Attune” Knee!

https://www.depuysynthes.com/hcp/knee/products/qs/ATTUNE-Knee-System

It’s LOVELY!  Really settling in well!

If you like the image “No Problem/Moving On”  I have it on the “print on demand” site Redbubble.com.  I get a small percentage of any sales.  Work is not signed personally by me, and hasn’t been through my own fair hands, but the quality of their products is very good in my experience at least.

Once I have worked on my digital images, I don’t tend to print them out myself, or get them printed directly, as I have too many other projects to work on, plus the voluntary counselling/mentoring and the small amount of  teaching/art tuition I do.  And domestic work.  But Redbubble is a good way to make my work available to all.  If you do possess a signed digital print by me,  it’s a bit of a rarity, and ever increasingly so at the present time. I am painting MORE than ever before.  This is good.

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

Plenty of unsigned prints here though!

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/works/20507601-no-problem-moving-on-geometric-colour-abstract-print-by-jenny-meehan-jamartlondon-com

The clothing looks, erm, different, but I thought I would leave it on there anyway!  Just an art print may be a more conservative choice!

 

“Starting Out” by Jenny Meehan

© Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights Reserved

 

© Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights Reservednew starting out geometric abstract design jenny meehan

new starting out geometric abstract design jenny meehan© Jenny Meehan DACS All Rights Reserved

Very fond of the above!  Still getting a lot from it.

I have “Calm Moment” which is another of the same series of work on show at JAX Cafe in Kingston Upon Thames. (52 Old London Road, Kingston Upon Thames KT2 6QF)

Calm Moment by Jenny Meehan at JAX Cafe Kingston upon Thames

Calm Moment by Jenny Meehan at JAX Cafe Kingston upon Thames

I have more similar work, which can be purchased very easily on Redbubble.com.

http://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams

Here is another example produced around the same time period:

“Drawn Together”

Southwark Arts Forum,Tower Bridge "Art at the Bridge" #7 “Building Bridges, the Female Perspective" in celebration of International Womens's Day,Drawn together by Jenny Meehan, Victorian Engine Rooms Tower Bridge Exhibition, jamartlondon, modern contemporary abstraction geometric art,

Drawn Together by Jenny Meehan

“This artwork expresses some of my female emotional experience: the emotion of two parts of my sense of self being pulled together. A feeling of balance and unity, which holds, even when the two sides are different in some respects. The suspended purple and yellow contrasting colours create stasis and tension. Yet, there is also a mirroring of the same essential structure in my composition, drawn together in a pivotal centre, which may suggest movement. This piece also resonates in relation to the Tower Bridge; an engineering achievement involving among other things, precision, balance, and design. Creative energy, both within and without, in both engineering and art.”

(Statement for the Building Bridges Tower Bridge Exhibition, for the above work)

 

As said earlier, the versions of geometric prints  I had printed myself are laminated and mounted on foam board, and signed by me personally, but the work is also available as open edition unsigned prints on the “print on demand site” Redbubble.com.  I like my work to be available to a wide range of people, with all budgets.  The laminated prints on foamboard would be particularly good for a bathroom or other slightly wet area.  I have one in my bathroom and it’s been there for five years and is still looking very good.   On Redbubble.com I noticed they now do prints on metal…I imagine they may be similar in being fine in a bathroom.   Need to check them out.

 

“The Very Patient Knee Replacement Story by Jenny Meehan”

The recovery and  rehabilitation from my surgery which was on the 8th March continues!   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!

Just have to post this again!  I love it!  Such a good memory!

very happy with my new knee in bright red Asda nightdress

very happy with my new knee in bright red Asda nightdress

 

Just loving the new knee.  Can paint for hours.  Stand for hours.  No longer limp at all. Can carry my art work places and use public transport with ease.  Can walk fast in a London crowd.  Can plan to go places, without fear of being stranded. Can keep up with friends.  It’s all just great, at just coming up to five months post op.    Very minor pain, when over doing things.  Well worth the effort, is the verdict on it for me.

 

Working on some new paintings…

Now I CAN!

Very early sneak preview of some in progress.

Bear in mind I work in a very piecemeal way.

These may not be ready for a few years.

Little and often.  Just like TKR post op exercises!

I have around 20 paintings “on the go” right now.

I often just put a couple of colours and marks down at a time.

They need a lot of thought.  A lot of patience.  They are ready when they are ready.

Some come together quite quickly.

Others take years.

I thought I was going to be stuck with working on tiny little paintings for the rest of my life.

Nearly got used to the idea.

Thankfully not.

I need to walk around a lot when painting.  I need to view the work at a distance, and this involves a lot of walking back and forth.

Plus all the hunting around for what I need!

Great to be in action again!

 

These will develop significantly over time.  That’s the good thing about acrylic paints. Quick drying.  Layers.

Miss using oil paint, but studio is not big enough…Need a lot of drying space for those!

 

Can  You Put A Price On Art?

I have been thinking about the question “Can you put a price on Art?” recently.  And the simple answer is “No”. Even though artists have to put a price on their art work if they offer it up for sale, and they may use various factors to determine the price, for example, how established they are, where it is being shown, how much time and materials it took to make, and the general ball park figure that they normally sell work at. The figure they choose does not reflect the value of the art work, but serves more as an entry point, to another person, in respect of if they are able to access it.  If they love it, the range of what they can afford will adjust accordingly, to a point.  Hence the importance of artists being consistent in their pricing of work.  It is simply a matter of integrity.

For the artist there are additional considerations, like how much commission the organisation they are showing with takes, how much their expenses were all around, and how much they had to pay to take part in the exhibition in the first place, etc, etc.  These need to be born in mind, and do make some variations in what the price label finally is.  The majority of artists, as I have said before, find that they might sell work very occasionally, and the whole matter is rather an added bonus rather than something that they actually depend on happening, particularly if their focus is not commercial, as is the case with myself, but is more a matter of progress and being able to progress one’s work.

It is also true that, along with that progress, there is a desire that people should be able to possess my work, and that does not mean a certain class or type of person, but simply any person who sees, loves, wants and relates to the art work in some way. This does not mean I am going to give it away, (though sometimes I do) or that I do not value it myself, because of course I do.  When I put an affordable price on a piece of work, it does not represent the value of it to me, because I do not personally gauge the value of it in monetary terms.  But I price my work in a way which I hope will make it accessible, as far as possible, without discounting my own time and effort, which matters very much to me.

This approach is also why I have no problems with my work being reproduced and used, as long as the appropriate legalities are in place.  It is not, in my opinion, only for the famous and well known fine artists, to enjoy the multiple reproductions and use of their imagery, while the less well known fear publication and reproduction of various kinds because they feel somehow that it makes their work less “fine art” and somehow more common!  To make art accessible is not to undervalue it, but simple to share it around a little more liberally and let it do it’s own work without hiding it away or keeping it to yourself.  Copyright violations are another matter…Artists of all kinds should always get appropriate recompense for their work, unless they choose to do otherwise, because it is their work and as work it is investment.  This applies regardless of the way the artist sustains their practice.

While there is plenty of information about on how artists should choose to price their art, and there are also wider economic considerations, such as in the article below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21481381

Putting a price on the value of art
By Jane O’Brien
BBC News, Washington
18 February 2013

This was a good read!

 

I tend to bring myself back to the fact that the value of many things in life cannot be measured.   It is not over spiritual and unrealistic to hold this important fact in mind, and the presence of it, and an awareness of it, is very important for any person involved in any type of work which, for whatever reason, does not equate, in their realm of doing and practising it, with money.  The work of a person parenting, housekeeping and domestic managing, plus all that is involved in caring for others and nurturing growth, is something which does have a monetary value if the tasks are all broken up and done is one particular setting, but in another setting, any currency that would apply is suddenly not there.  There are also those involved in paid work which has a monetary value applied to it far beyond and out of proportion to the work in hand, and others whose work is paid and yet is completely underpaid, bearing in mind the nature of their work, it’s value in society and what they actually do.

So money is a very random and inaccurate way of telling what things are worth.  It is a consideration, and may become a more important and crucial matter for an artist at a certain stage in their development if that development starts impacting the so called “art world” at some point.   The following is a helpful read, if that is the case:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-grant/artist-art-sales_b_1097873.html

THE BLOG Putting a Price on (Your) Art Takes Some Thought
11/17/2011 04:36 pm ET | Updated Jan 17, 20 written by Daniel Grant

I do not believe that it helps an artist to focus in this direction though.  People who love with passion their work are able to see it’s value completely apart from any measure of value put on it from external sources.

This is excellent, and quoted from  “10 Reasons Why Following Your Passion Is More Important Than Money” by

Siobhan Harmer

“Money is a very powerful thing, it builds empires and breaks down kingdoms, it allows for dreams to come true and it takes others away, it makes some people happy and others completely miserable. Today the pursuit of money is almost directly linked to the pursuit of happiness, many will argue that money = happiness.

However, this is inherently problematic as this mindset leads many people to stray down a path that doesn’t best suit them. When people choose their careers, they are sometimes blinded by money and so choose to follow the paper trail. Although money is great and can buy us all the things that will temporarily make us happy, no amount of money can buy time. Time is our most valuable asset and it is something, that while on this earth, we should spend most wisely. You shouldn’t feel like you’re mindlessly wasting your life away.”

“10 Reasons Why Following Your Passion Is More Important Than Money” by  Siobhan Harmer

Read the rest of the article, it’s excellent.  My favourite line:

“Time is our most valuable asset and it is something, that while on this earth, we should spend most wisely.”

It is obvious really.

This article, “More than job satisfaction – Psychologists are discovering what makes work meaningful – and how to create value in any job by Kirsten Weir”  was a good read too:

Something that’s meaningful for one person may be inconsequential for another, however. What makes work worthwhile to you probably depends on your culture, your socioeconomic status and how you were taught to see the world, according to Pratt. An academic might find value in scholarship, for instance. “But a firefighter might look at an academic and ask, ‘Are you helping people on a daily basis? If not, it’s not worthwhile work at all.'”
People assign significance to their work in a variety of ways, as Pratt and doctoral students Douglas Lepisto and Camille Pradies describe in a chapter in the 2013 book “Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace.” Some may derive meaning not from the job itself, but from the fact that it allows them to provide for their families and pursue non-work activities that they enjoy. Others may find meaning in being able to advance themselves and be the best they can be. People with a craftsmanship orientation take pride in performing the job well. Those with a service orientation find purpose in the ideology or belief system behind their work. Still others extract meaning from the sense of kinship they experience with co-workers.
Craftsmanship, service and kinship orientations are especially likely to be meaningful, as they all point to something beyond the individual, says Pratt.”

More than job satisfaction
Psychologists are discovering what makes work meaningful — and how to create value in any job.
By Kirsten Weir
December 2013, Vol 44, No. 11
Print version: page 39

Nice quote from the above:

“Meaning doesn’t take money,” she says. “At any rank, people can make different meanings of their work, and also of themselves at work.”  – Jane E. Dutton, PhD, a professor of business administration and psychology at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

So throw that status away!  Because it may well be measured in monetary terms… And that is not very reliable at all! If others do it, so be it.  But make sure you don’t do it yourself.  Because we all mean an awful lot.

On a very practical note, I tend to price my original artwork at between £200 and £500…  It is not for me to assess the value of it, but I guess that is the monetary range I personally feel appropriate.  As my work is well developed and strong, I have been focused on it for the last ten years, and I assess what I ask for it based on that, as well as the other factors mentioned at the beginning of this post.  I don’t work on a profit making basis, but I need to develop and continue what I do, and this enables me to do so.  I don’t think about my work in terms of the “market”  or even with thoughts of what I might potentially get from it.  I am simply not orientated that way.  When I paint, I paint to paint and that is all that is involved.  I do not paint to sell and I do not paint thinking one little bit about even selling the work.   I paint to paint and that is it.  And when the work is done, it will live with me for often many years, for it still has a lot to say, and I do not mind learning from it one little bit.

What I want is to be able to die knowing that my work is not where I personally left it!  But in other places living it’s new life with a new owner.  That is far more important. Consequently, I probably under price my work.  But there comes a point at which you know for sure a painting is ready for a new home.  If the new owner comes and recognises the fact, then both collector and artist are very happy, and go away pleased, having both their lives enriched.

Our time does end.  At some point!  There is nothing morbid about that. And I do not want to leave a pile of paintings behind me that haven’t really been able to enter into anyone’s heart but my own.

Time is our most valuable asset and it is something, that while on this earth, we should spend most wisely. You shouldn’t feel like you’re mindlessly wasting your life away.

 

And something completely different…

Bruce The Great Poem, by Jenny Meehan

I wrote this poem as one of my efforts when attending a local poetry writing group.

Unfortunately due to needing to allocate the time elsewhere, I had to stop attending the group.  But I hope to rejoin again at a later date.

I am Bruce; Bruce the Great

I do not fear the purr, and whirring rotation of blades;
The black box behind me,
a dark and solid mass, suckered to the side
of the invisible container…
which I refuse to acknowledge.

I am Bruce, Bruce the Great…
Amid the mass of bubbles, I fly
high above the rocks;
No wind will blow
me off direction.

What moves before my face
speaks an echo…
It too, testifies of the extent of my domain.
You may fix me in your eyes,
open your orifice, and flash your fins
to the beats of time. Maybe,
dissolving thoughts of moving ahead
into aqueous meditations?
I wait; My pause is ever before me,
but I will not turn.

I am beautiful !
Reflective and fiery orange,
flame-like,
un-cooled by water, which is my elemental matter
of flecked and opalescent wonder!
Did you not see the extent of my tail?
Did you come to listen to the oracle of my mind?
Surely not to invade?
Do you see in the darkness of my mouth
the end of your existence?

The edge of my world is not something I like to admit.
I do not speak of this, but hollow out bubbles of air.
Send them up;
Prayer, to the fish that fly.
I hear them, even though I have no ears,
rotating my eyes upward
and twisting my dorsal fin.
My body placed in perfect alignment.

It is in this yogic moment…
when you caught me
and recorded my existence, forever.
Against the flowing, green, weeds
and the purr and the whirring
rotation of the blades; that black box behind me,
a dark, solid, mass.
But no darker than the tunnel
I breath into you.

Go no further!
I am Bruce; Bruce the Great

Jenny Meehan 2016

 

I wrote the poem in response to a photograph of the group facilitators gold fish. Her pet fish was called Bruce, and the poem is what came to mind.   I keep tropical fish and love watching them.  So my own fish also helped the process.

 

Enjoying the Sunshine!

Just loving the weather we had in June, and now also.  Great for drying paint.  I am experimenting with painting on some large A1 greyboard.  It’s nice to have a bit more room to move the paint around!  I am also working on smaller paintings, and experimenting more with perceived texture as well as actual texture.   I have many pieces of card with paint on, both very small and large.  And there is a lot of looking going on.  At past work as well as present.   I have been blessed to meet some lovely people so far this year, and I am enjoying the fruits of the patience I have come to appreciate more.  The knee replacement surgery has had unexpected benefits.

 

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Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan)

Jenny Meehan is an artist and designer based in Chessington Surrey, Greater London/South West London/Surrey

(text from website jamartlondon.com)

Jenny takes a process led approach and while the art she creates is informed by her research activities, her outlook on life, and personal experiences, it is the formal qualities and what she perceives as the presence or poetry of the work itself which she is most concerned with. Her visual art is intimately connected with her writing and poetry, and the relationship between these two strands of her creativity is a lively and interesting one.

Jenny is particularly interested in the relationships between creativity, spirituality and mental health and wellbeing and uses both Christian contemplative practices and participation in regular psychoanalysis to inform the direction and development of her artistic practice. While specialising in abstract painting and interested in lyrical abstraction and abstract expressionism, she also enjoys working with digital imagery and graphic art. Her visual art relates intimately to her spirituality, writing, and poetry, and she explores this dimension of her work and experience through an artist’s blog on WordPress: Jenny Meehan Artist’s Journal – The Artist’s Meandering Discourse.