Fifty Names for Jesus

May 30, 2015

As always, skim down and stop when your interest is caught!  Too lengthy for a “blog”  this is rather more a journal, and I post once a month only, so end up squishing too much together!  If you are wanting just a quick look over some images, it’s easy to scroll down.  The wonders of mobile phones!

I have sown various seeds in the garden, and the snails are eating the little shoots as they shoot!

But I like snails…

I don’t like slug pellets and I don’t use them.

Hopefully something will survive!


Well, it’s not quite the sunflower stage of the year, but oh how generous is the bloom and how strong the stalk of the sunflower, and how it lifts my spirit to even think of a sunflower. I love the motif of a sunflower, and use it in a lot of my painting and drawing.

Here are some of my sunflower explorations:


sunflower digital image by jenny meehan jamartlondon  colourful flowerhead

sunflower digital image by jenny meehan jamartlondon colourful flowerhead



sunflower digital image by jenny meehan jamartlondon  colourful flowerhead yellow  art to license uk

sunflower digital image by jenny meehan jamartlondon colourful flowerhead


art to license uk sunflower digital image by jenny meehan jamartlondon  colourful flowerhead

sunflower digital image by jenny meehan jamartlondon colourful flowerhead



The Sunflower image below is one I have used for several experiments, including using the sunflower for a surface pattern design.  Nothing very clever, but sometimes the simple things can be most effective, and it is rather exciting to see more of something that you like splattered all over an item of some kind!  I love creating patterns with various adaptations of my paintings and photographs.  There’s something very satisfying about bringing a strong pattern into play…While my painting with it’s rich colours and textures, the interplay between the two, and the subtle nuances of light and surface, which take me into the realm of the unknown and the unpredictable, there is something very reassuring to be found in a repetitive pattern! It’s a completely different experience, but very enjoyable.  I am hoping that in time, more of my art work will be licensed, because I like to see it used.


sunflower digital image by jenny meehan jamartlondon  colourful flowerhead

sunflower digital image by jenny meehan jamartlondon colourful flowerhead



I have posted some products with this “Sunflower” Design on Redbubble, here is one, so take a peek:

Looking at this page, I think if you go to the portfolio link, you will then arrive at my main Jenny Meehan Redbubble Page and if you click on the Sunflower image you will see all the other products which can be purchased via Redbubble with this Sunflower design on them!

The sunflower as a symbol has often been used to represent the unwavering faith that guides a soul to higher spiritual attainment, though what the sunflower symbolises is different depending on which culture you are looking at.  However, I rather like the faith version!  Sunflowers have been in existence since ancient times .A carbon dating was done to some clay found in  North America, which seemed to have some kind of seeds in it, and the dating showed both that the seeds were sunflower seeds, and also that they dated back to a period of time approximately  3,000 years ago.

The shape of the sunflower—the large disk in the centre and the ray-like petals emanating from it—resembles the sun. The florets in the centre of the sunflower,  that later become seeds, are arranged in a complex pattern of left and right spirals and are placed according to the Fibonocci mathematical formula.  The resulting pattern is not only beautiful, but it is practical too, being the most compact way that the florets can be fitted. It is just one of the many marvellous details in nature that point to the goodness and wisdom of God.  Though you cannot see the seed pattern in this design, I hope that the bright, fresh, boldness of the design will strike you with its flash of uncompromising yellow.

The  flowering time for sunflowers is from around May to October,  so some of them do flower much earlier than I have in my mind…They always make me think of the late Summer.  Another name for sunflower is Helianthus, and in the Greek, the meaning of “helios” is sun and “anthos” means flower.  The way that the Sunflower faces the direction of the sun is something that a lot of flowers do, but I guess because it is rather a big flower, we notice this fact about it more vividly.

I have a drawing here, which I have called “Sunflower and Rose Bowl”

sunflower and rose bowl drawing jenny meehan graphite on cartridge paper

sunflower and rose bowl drawing jenny meehan


This drawing was one of the results of a spontaneous quick drawing session.  I armed myself with a large pile of paper and drew quickly and without any preconceived ideas about subject matter.  I was interested to see what would come from my subconscious.  What did come were several landscapes, loose and flowing, which I will share another time.  But “Sunflower and Rose Bowl” was the one which interested me most.   There are rays of light indicated as coming from the left of the drawing.  The Sunflower springs up from a distant point far below and it’s centre echoes some random, rather creative,  patterns at the top right of the drawing.  Below the Sunflower is a bowl which contains just one empty and thin stalk, and that alone.  To my thinking the drawing shows a contrast between life, and the life force, like powerful light pushing upwards and radiating outwards, and, in contrast, the grid like pattern of the wires on the restrictive rose bowl, holding that one thin and flowerless stalk,which  though more dimensional, is more static and less promising.  I wondered at one point if the sunflower was foolishly looking at the rose bowl and wishing to be contained, but finding itself too big and not in fitting with the rose bowl.  Why is it looking there?  Is the ordered pattern of the grid an alternative to the free flowing patterns within its own seed head? Is there a wish for order, in the chaos of creativity?  Possible.  Certainly, there is a need for containment, for my self, which I do feel quite acutely at times.  So it could be the wishful thinking of a sun loving flower!

 Nice Quote from William Blake, which is rather relating to the Sunflower and Rose Bowl

“Shall painting be confined to the sordid drudgery of facsimile representations of merely mortal and perishing substances and not be, as poetry and music are, elevated to its own proper sphere of invention and visionary conception? No, it shall not be so! Painting, as well as poetry and music, exists and exults in immortal thoughts.” William Blake

Yes, indeed, and yet, as high as it goes, like the Sunflower, still looking down to the sordid drudgery!  (I personally feel that in the routine and everyday, much rooting and grounding takes place, needful for even the most aspiring Sunflowers!)


Fifty Names for Jesus

This is based on an exercise that my spiritual guide on a recent (February 2015)  retreat gave me.   It comes under the heading of “A Thousand Names for God”, but that is rather a lot.  So, bearing in mind “Fifty Shades of Grey”…But, I hasten to add, having nothing to do with it!, here is my “Fifty Names for Jesus”  (there ended up more than fifty in the end)

Passion flower,
Silver Snail Trail,
Sunlight Falling, Moonlight rising,
Sound of footsteps…Coming…

Breeze of moving.

Wonder in a child’s eyes,
rustle of leaves and falling snow.
Smile of God,
Laughter of God,
Tears of God,
Sorrow of God.

Stray Note.

Sound in Silence, Silence in Sound.

Generous hearted.

Concerned one,
Compassionate one,
Flamboyant one,
Sense of humour one,
Contented one.
Holy One, Holy Two, Holy Three…

Further than far, nearer than near.

Companion Jesus,
Leader Jesus,
Surgeon Jesus.
Maybe, mother Jesus.  Maybe mother Jesus?
Therapist Jesus
Teacher Jesus,
Dancer Jesus.  Leaper, Prancer Jesus!
Pigeon Jesus and Rock Dove Jesus…(Because the same, but not in name)

Moon and Sun Jesus,

Ultimate Christmas Jumper Jesus,
Healing Jesus,
Kind Jesus.

Perceptive Jesus,
Searching Jesus,
Knowing Jesus,
Discerning Jesus.

Suffering Jesus
Bright Star Jesus.
Ultimate Vision Glasses Jesus.
Tender Jesus, Loving Jesus
Listener Jesus.
Listen Jesus.

Listen, Jesus.


It was very enjoyable to do this!



The Studio Tent

Jenny Meehan's Studio Tent for Painting

Jenny Meehan’s Studio Tent for Painting

Oh, it’s just great to have the Studio Tent!  The image up here is a bit out of date…It’s in action now, and I use it just for painting in acrylics, and drinking tea and praying in!  The sound of the birds is lovely, and the flapping sides of the tent as the wind blows is pretty relaxing too.  It’s great to have all the acrylics, pigments, glass beads and fillers, inks, and all the rest all together under one roof, even if it is a tarpaulin roof!  Though not a mobile studio, as Emily Carr’s “Elephant” caravan was, I know I am going to get some interesting painting done within it’s confines!  I will post a more up to date image soon.  One side of it has become a palette of sorts. Well, not for mixing, but just some examples of the contents of some of the containers, so jolly useful to have up there on the wall.

The kitchen/studio is better for oil painting because I cannot store all my paints in one place as I have too many, so I will keep the kitchen table for painting oils I think.  Flitting back to Emily Carr, what a wonderful exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery that was earlier on this year, and what an interesting lady! I found this:

She experienced everything with uncommon intensity, a factor which fuelled her frenzied periods of enormous output, yet contributed to her self-doubt which led to a lengthy and marked slowdown–some would call it a regenerative hiatus–in her painting. Nevertheless, she pulled herself up out of depression, came to ignore public disregard, surrounded herself with pets, sang hymns to her half-finished paintings out in the forest, and, at fifty-seven, won her way to her most productive and original period of painting, producing the works for which she is most known. And always, always, she was seeking.

Carr looked for answers to questions of life, soul and God from many sources–the Bible, despite her early intolerance of scripture readings being forced upon her in a pious household; the essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson, particularly striving to emulate his thoughts in “Self Reliance;” the poetry of Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass, which encouraged her to see a universal God in all life; works of Theosophy and Buddhism, as introduced to her by the painter Lawren Harris of the Group of Seven, though she ultimately rejected them as too abstract in not incorporating God and Christ; Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the textbook of Christian Science, by Mary Baker Eddy; and the teachings of Raja Singh. All of these sources, together with what she observed from Native cultures, combined to help her define her own personal spiritual foundation which served as the basis for her mature work, and as the source of her strength.”

I THINK this quote is the writing of Susan Vreeland, but I am not quite sure, as it appears on the net on several blogs, but I am doing my best here to credit it.   Here is the site link:  and see here:  This is just a small snippet of some very interesting reading, and it is well worth a look at the rest of what Susan Vreeland has written about Emily Carr.

I am rather encouraged that it was at fifty-seven Emily Carr experienced her most productive and original period of painting!  I have time!!!  And, yes, we must always be seeking.. Seeing and seeking!   I do think that to have a personal spiritual foundation IS indeed very helpful, and certainly a source of strength.  Many creative s and artists find this, and benefit from the continual refreshment and focus that a spiritual direction offers them. Well, one thing is for sure, all the encouragement you can get is needed in order to carry on.


Advance Notice:

This year you can meet me and some of my fellow artists from Kingston Artists’ Open Studios… Studio KAOS 2, at 14, Liverpool Road, Kingston Upon Thames Surrey KT2 7SZ on the following weekends: Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June and Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June from 11am until 5pm. This is within walking distance of Kingston Town Centre, and also near Richmond Park. Come along! If you have time, follow the whole Kingston Artists’ Open Studios trail.

Kingston Artists’ Open Studios is a voluntary group of artists, and there are many studios open in and around Kingston Upon Thames… A whole trail! The Open Studios event is part of the bigger Surrey Artists Open Studios network event.

I cannot decide what to bring along to this.  I was going to bring some drawings, but I think I might just stick with some paintings and some prints.  I haven’t done the Surrey Artists’ Open Studios before, so I am looking forward to taking part.  You need to join Surrey Artists Open Studios first, and then pay more to take part in the event itself, so I certainly hope I do sell some things in order to recoup the costs!  I will probably bring along just acrylic paintings, as my oil painting style is quite different to the work I produce when using acrylics and it will all be placed pretty close together.  And some digital prints.  Take a look at my website for a taster: 

Silence in the City 

Here is some information from the Silence in the City website:

About Silence in the City
This series of talks on silent prayer and the Christian contemplative life has been running since 2007 in London’s Westminster Cathedral Hall. We invite a range of speakers, each of whom is committed to the contemplative life; each meeting includes one or more talks, and at least one period devoted to silent prayer.

The speakers are invited to concentrate on the value of silence and the possibilities of silent prayer, but they are also encouraged to discuss any or all of the other monastic values of solitude, simplicity and contemplative service. The series is ecumenical in nature; we may in due course include representatives of other faiths.

Silence in the City is organised by lay members of the World Community for Christian Meditation and Contemplative Outreach. Our inspiration is the practice of silent prayer itself, and while we hope that this series of talks will continue, its real success will be measured by individuals’ discovery of a method of silent prayer that is right for them.

See the website here:

I’m looking forward to two forthcoming events:

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 (10a.m.- 4 p.m.)

James Finley PhD: Transforming Trauma: Exploring the Healing Power of Spirituality (A one day healing retreat)

A one day retreat devoted to exploring the healing power of spirituality. The day’s reflections will focus on seven traumas or wounds to which we are all subject as human beings and then go to explore methods of meditation and other steps we can take to help ourselves and others heal from each of these seven wounds. The emphasis will be on the lifelong process of learning to be a healing presence in the midst of the world. Time will be given for brief periods of silent group meditation and discussion of the themes presented. Those in ministry, in the healing professions, trauma survivors and all who are interested in exploring healing power of spirituality in their own life and in today’s world will benefit from this day of prayerful reflection.

The Seven Steps of Spiritual Healing Explored in the Retreat Are:

Be grounded in your experience of who you are as a human being in relationship with others. Take responsibility for the healing that needs to occur there.
Have faith in the subtle flashes of spiritual awakening that occur each day. Trust these moments reveal that although you are ego, you are not just ego. You are a spiritual being created in the image and likeness of God who is spirit.
Realize that the root of suffering is estrangement from spiritual experience. The root of happiness is spiritual experience.
Follow the mystics on the path of prayer and meditation that heals the root of suffering in its origin.
Follow the path of the saints in compassionate love that heals the suffering that has found its way into our minds and hearts (facing and working through bodily and psychological suffering in a spiritually grounded way).
Learn to live in the axial moment that transcends suffering in the midst of suffering, that transcends death in the midst of death.
Devote yourself in prayer, meditation and compassionate love to the lifelong process of learning to be a healing presence in the midst of the world. Be resolved to continue living in this way until the last traces of suffering dissolve in love and only love is left.
Venue: Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, London SW1P 0QJ.

Refreshments provided. Suggested donation £20.

Text from the Silence in the City website.

And also, I will be attending:

Wednesday 1 July 2015 (10a.m.-4 p.m.)

Rev Dr Cynthia Bourgeault: Harnessing the Power of Love – Unveiling the New Breed of Trinity (one day seminar)

Venue: Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, London SW1P 0QJ.

Refreshments provided. Suggested donation £20.

Rethinkyourmind 2015

It was lovely last year to have “Well Spring” chosen to be included in the Rethinkyourmind Yellow Book.  Anything positive related to mental health matters a great deal to me.  My mother was seriously mentally ill for the majority of her life, and my sister also.  Though pretty psychologically resilient myself, I do know what it is like to experience  anxiety and depression,  and also what it means to engage in the processes of recovery from  trauma.  It’s hard work; long, often painful, and very challenging.  Without my engagement in psychotherapy, I know that I wouldn’t have  been able to move forward personally myself, at all.  So I am eternally grateful for the place I am in now, and feel passionately that projects like Rethinkyourmind have lasting value and influence, and do make a significant difference to many people.

This year I entered a couple of photographic images in, and was delighted to once more find my art work selected!  The selected photograph was  “I Feel Better When Walking by Trees and Water”  (this also has  it’s previous title which is “High Water Thames”).

Here it is!

jenny meehan copyright DACS all rights reserved highwater, i feel better when walking near trees and water

highwater, i feel better when walking near trees and water


A lot of my artwork has more than one title…It is not a matter of changing the title, I find, but of having further thinking time on the work and realising more about the motivations I had,  in slightly more depth.  Normally I find this happens quite naturally over time.  I have always been quite conscious of the correspondence between the patterns of nerves in the brain and the patterns of branches of trees, and when contemplating the scene before taking the photograph, the reflection of the branches in the water spoke an additional  sense of connection (with the water, the life-source) to me which I liked very much, along with the patterning of the branches.  I have discovered through reading an extract from  “Fractal Brains: Fractal Thoughts by David Pincus Ph.D. lots of fascinating things about fractals!  The brain has a fractal organization, as indeed do many natural systems.  A fractal is a branchlike structure, and when you think about natural structures like trees,  rivers, snow-flakes,  the circulatory system, and such like, an awareness of the beauty of fractal organisation is certainly highlighted.  Interestingly, researchers in psychology have been finding many examples of fractal patterns, for example in visual search and speech patterns. They have even found that interpersonal relationships are organised as fractals and that the self-concept is a fractal, with complexity being associated with health.  I found this all wonderful reading:

“Essentially, fractal systems have many opportunities for growth, change and re-organization. Yet they also are very robust. They maintain their coherence; they hold together well, even under tough circumstances. They are balanced in this respect, between order and chaos. They are simple, yet also very complex. This balance is often referred to as “criticality,” thus the title of the article: “Broadband Criticality.” And the term “self-organized” is often added because systems tend to become fractal on their own, simply by putting a lot of system components together and allowing them to exchange information. Think of a party. All you need to do is come up with enough people at the same place and time and they will start to form complex patterns of connection with one another.

Self-organizing critical systems are also very good at connecting, both internally and also to other surrounding systems. The branches of a tree are connected in a very lovely way. If you shake one branch, you’ll see broad shaking across the tree. Fractal structures hang together nicely. Yet they branches may be trimmed without affecting the overall structure. Indeed, if you trim them far enough out (above the growth bud, “post-traumatic growth” or “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”) they will often grow even stronger, with more complex connections in the outer branches. Finally, branchlike patterns easily connect to other systems – a literal web of life. A tree with many fractal branches (and also roots) can better connect to the sun (and soil) to gather and exchange life sustaining nutrients.”

This is a quote from Fractal Brains: Fractal Thoughts
Our Brains are fractal, with far reaching branches; Post published by David Pincus Ph.D. on Sep 05, 2009 in The Chaotic Life

Oh wow, well, I hope that my “post-traumatic growth” serves me well…according this the above I may grow even stronger, with more complex connections in my outer branches!!!!

This posting is very photography orientated!  I am painting, but it is all behind the scenes for now, and a lot of ground laying activity is going on which I don’t intend to post on the internet for some time!  I am a very prolific artist, and quite frankly I cannot keep up with bringing an account of what I am doing all the time as well as doing it.  At the moment I am doing a lot of organising, taking images of paintings for the archive, tidying up the studio tent, preparing work for this years Surrey Artists’ Open Studios Event, and preparing some more canvases for future paintings.  Also, very importantly, as ever constantly reviewing my photography, painting and drawing to see how it can inform me right now.  This is probably the most important task.  I’ve stopped fretting about representation (finally) and have jumped into the realm of colour, texture and form most fully, without angst.  It seems right to loose myself in these eternal layers of colour and texture if that is the way things are going.  I enjoy the occasional bit of drawing here and there.  It won’t disappear!


Copyright and Licensing Digital Images Information – Jenny Meehan 

Copyright in all images by Jenny Meehan is held by the artist.
Permission must be sought in advance for the reproduction, copying or any other use of any images by Jenny Meehan. Individuals or businesses seeking licenses or permission to use, copy or reproduce any image by Jenny Meehan should, in the first instance, contact Jenny Meehan.
Any persons discovered to be reproducing, copying or using images by Jenny Meehan without prior consent, authorisation or permission will be put on notice that Jenny Meehan is the copyright owner and asked to immediately cease and desist the infringing activity. If a satisfactory response and / or compliance is not forthcoming promptly, the matter will be pursued. For clarification of the laws of copyright, please contact the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS).

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

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!)

Also, please of course feel free to contact me if you are looking for a particular type of artwork image, as I have a large archive of images myself. I will also be able to let you know the maximum size the digital image is available at. If you then wish to license the artwork image, I then refer you to the Design and Artist Copyright Society to arrange the licensing agreement according to your requirements.

Rich, interesting, lyrical abstraction, full of texture, colour, and variations, emotionally expressive and poetically resonant, my expressive paintings are ideal for book cover design and many other design purposes.  Licenses for digital images suitable for cover-art for books are really easy and quick to organise through DACS.  My artwork is unique and having developed my own direction over the last few years it’s ripe to use. I am relatively prolific, and my main current work centres around painting with a lot of  experimentation with layers of colour and texture, though I have a lot of digital photographic (tending towards pictorialism) imagery too.  


If you need any further clarification, the DACS website is clear and very helpful indeed, and they would be happy to help you.

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 Court Farm Garden Centre  Cafe Art Exhibition – KAOS (Kingston Artists Open Studios) 

I have three of the “Signs of the Times”  Laminated Ink Jet Prints on Foamex hanging as part of the KAOS (Kingston Artist’s Open Studios) exhibition at  Court Farm Garden Centre Cafe Exhibition space.   The Cafe is part of the Court Farm Garden Centre in Tolworth Surrey.   There is a large area for art exhibitions in the Cafe and there is work from around 13 artists in the Court Farm Garden Centre show, which will be up for a couple of months I think, right up until Christmas.

Address for the Cafe if you fancy going along to take a look at the exhibition is:

Café at Court Farm Garden Centre. Old Kingston Road, Worcester Park, Surrey, KT4 7QH  (actually very near to Tolworth British Rail, even though address is Worcester Park) 

The three works I chose to show were “Irritation”  “We Get On” and “That’s Enough” .  Mmmm, maybe I should change the order of those to how things generally go, ie “We Get On”  “Irritation” and then “That’s Enough” ! These are part of an ongoing series of work.


That's Enough Digital Print by Jenny Meehan for sale to buy at Chessington Court Cafe and Garden Centre This ink-jet print is laminated and mounted on Foamex. It can be purchased with or without a frame. Bold, bright, geometric composition from British female fine and applied artist Jenny Meehan

That’s Enough Digital Print by Jenny Meehan for sale to buy at Chessington Court Cafe and Garden Centre This ink-jet print is laminated and mounted on Foamex. It can be purchased with or without a frame. Bold, bright, geometric composition from British female fine and applied artist Jenny Meehan

"We Get On" Digital Print by Jenny Meehan for sale to buy at Chessington Court Cafe and Garden Centre This ink-jet print is laminated and mounted on Foamex. It can be purchased with or without a frame. Bold, bright, geometric composition from British female fine and applied artist Jenny Meehan

“We Get On” Digital Print by Jenny Meehan for sale to buy at Chessington Court Cafe and Garden Centre This ink-jet print is laminated and mounted on Foamex. It can be purchased with or without a frame. Bold, bright, geometric composition from British female fine and applied artist Jenny Meehan

"We Get On" Digital Print by Jenny Meehan for sale to buy at Chessington Court Cafe and Garden Centre This ink-jet print is laminated and mounted on Foamex. It can be purchased with or without a frame. Bold, bright, geometric composition from British female fine and applied artist Jenny Meehan

“Irritation” Digital Print by Jenny Meehan for sale to buy at Chessington Court Cafe and Garden Centre This ink-jet print is laminated and mounted on Foamex. It can be purchased with or without a frame. Bold, bright, geometric composition from British female fine and applied artist Jenny Meehan



Ignore the fact I have described in the above text the venue as being “Chessington Court Cafe”…My error in haste and now rather too busy to go back and change it on everything!

Partia “Places I Remember – Collective Nostalgia Photography Exhibition at Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool 

Just packing up  one of my digital C-prints to send off to Aintree University Hospital, Liverpool.   Here is a little bit of information about this interesting exhibition which runs for one month:

‘Places I Remember: Collective Nostalgia’ photography exhibition with PARTIA at Aintree University Hospital 

PARTIA at Aintree University Hospital NHS Trust are currently accepting submissions to our photography exhibition ‘Places I Remember: Collective Nostalgia’ (1st October – 1st November 2013).

Inspired by The Beatles song from which this exhibition takes its name, PARTIA invites photographers to submit work to this exhibition that explore their ideas of collective nostalgia. Photographers are not limited to an examination of Liverpool; this exhibition theme can be explored either through work that directly represents particular locations or perhaps via photographs and photographic collages of items that are symbolic of a specific location.

Unlike a traditional gallery space PARTIA at Aintree University Hospital welcomes a variety of work from established to emerging artists and receives 350,000 visitors per year.

The work submitted for this exhibition is “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?”

 Jenny Meehan "How Much is that Doggie in the Window" Digital C-Print exhibited as part of the "Places I Remember - Collective Nostalgia" Photography Exhibition with PARTIA at Aintree University Hospital Liverpool.

Digital C-Print exhibited as part of the “Places I Remember – Collective Nostalgia” Photography Exhibition with PARTIA at Aintree University Hospital Liverpool.
This little ornament caught behind glass at a local charity shop, caught my eye, and brought to mind the song “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?” Jenny Meehan

I presented the image behind glass (Of course!… To add more reflections to the reflections which are caught on the image itself) and framed it in a simple black wooden 9x7inch frame.

Information submitted with the image as follows:

“My local charity shop is the place for me where the  words “collective nostalgia” resound most powerfully.  I  often gaze into the window and see objects which, if I let them, bring into my mind all kinds of connections and associations. The mish-mash of different things brought together, each with memories and meaning for the unknown people who used to own them.

Jenny Meehan is a painter, photographer and writer based in South West London.  See her website for more about her visual arts practice.”

If you live in Liverpool do pop in and see the exhibition…It’s a bit far for me to travel right now, but it sounds like an interesting exhibition.


Jenny Meehan is a painter and designer based in East Surrey/South West London.
Her website is  ( replaces the older now deceased website

 Jenny Meehan works mainly with either oils or acrylics  creating both abstract/non-objective paintings  and also semi-abstract work.  She also creates representational and figurative artwork,  mostly using digital photography/image manipulation software, painting and  drawing.


Popped in to St John The Evangelist, Waterloo Road, London SE1 recently and was grateful to have walked in at a time when a youth orchestra were rehearsing in the building, which was beautiful to listen to and made me wish that I remembered more German as the singers where singing about God (I know “meine Gott” in German!) and the voices and instruments were such a spiritual blessing it would have been great to know exactly what was being sung!  The church interior was quite unexpected and a lot of restoration work has gone on.   I pick out particularly the following quote from the website:

“On 7 April 1998, in the presence of      HRH Princess Alexandra, a packed      church gave thanks and celebrated the latest restoration of this beautiful church.

Work had begun under a previous vicar and was continued by the then      vicar, the Rev (later Canon) Richard Truss. Now as the fifth phase of the work reached completion the      beautiful interior shone as the sunlight beamed through the new windows onto the gleaming      paintwork and restored ceiling.

In his sermon, The Bishop of Kingston spoke of an unattributed quote      that he had heard recently, it said: ‘The world belongs to those who care deeply,      dream boldly and work steadfastly’. He went on to say that the service of      thanksgiving was ‘the fulfilment of a bold dream, dreamt by people who have cared      deeply for this church, community and city, and who have worked steadfastly often against      insuperable odds, worrying set backs, and the inevitable financial constraints’.      Further he said, ‘this church is to be a sign of hope. It must symbolise the dream of      a new and restored humanity. The bringing together of the present and ‘what lies beyond’,      heaven and earth’.

In inviting the Princess to unveil the plaque the vicar, Richard Truss,      said that the church was ‘a memorial to a lot of hard work and generous giving, to      skilled experts and gifted craftsmen.’ ‘… This is a time of great rejoicing,      but also of anticipation. We want this building to be open to be used, for prayer,      worship, but also for music and meetings, lectures and conferences, but primarily as a      place which is there for the people of this area, both those who live here and those who      work here and also those who are simply passing through.’

That’s a great quote from the Bishop of Kingston, whoever it was at that time, and it is also great to see the building being used for many different things.  It is a beautiful building.  I was also pleased to see that it is part of the “Inclusive Church” movement, which I find very encouraging indeed.

The architect was Francis Octavius Bedford who was in the forefront of the Greek revival in the early nineteeth century.  I am yet to explore the grounds but I plan to do some sketching there.  Bombed in 1940, people used to worship in the Crypt until 1951 as the roof was blown off.  (I wonder at this, we do seem to worship in the crypt when our roofs are blown off!) Very beautiful to see were the paintings by Hans Feibusch, who was a Jewish artist exiled from Germany in 1933.  There are other paintings, but I like his painting the most.

I am planning to visit a variety of different churches in central London over the Winter months.  I enjoy the buildings and artefacts.  These are not the life of the church, but for a creative like myself, I take heart in the creative achievements and examples.  They are a service in themselves.

Just noticed that one of my images submitted to this site has been accepted:   I cannot remember being notified that it was included, but never mind, nice to see it there anyway.

Ever orientated towards things people write about painting landscapes, I found this a very good read:

Jonathan Chapman has done an amazing job in organising the Autumn Art Exhibition at The Ark Centre in Basingstoke.  The whole process was so well organised and includes this entry on WordPress, with images of all the work on display

I was sad not to make the opening night, but it really helps to see the space and the work on display, and it has been a pleasure to be involved in this venture.  It must be a lot of work to sort an exhibition this size out.

Melanie Boda  has kindly invited me to contribute in a small way to her delightful “Bog Standard Gallery”.  See   At Watersmeet Theatre  in Rickmansworth the Christmas Pantomime for 2012 will be “Peter Pan”, and so with the pirate theme in mind, she has asked for contributions of toilet signs with a pirate theme.  This has been delightful fun, and my contributions are as follows:

So, I hope you enjoy a little toilet humour.

Melanie Boda is the creator of the “Bog Standard Gallery”.  The “Bog Standard Gallery” must surely be the smallest art gallery in the world!  It is a converted portable toilet cubicle, and thankfully it smells fresh and clean!  Melanie exhibits photographs of toilet signs from many different countries and I was delighted to produce these pirate themed toilet signs for display inside the cubicle.

I enjoy the challenge of creating something to a brief, and took a conventional approach in terms of using black and white on a flat plane surface.  But toilet humour must be a little bit silly and a little bit “naughty”.  While I played with various ideas, I settled in the end on a pile of cannon balls/shots and ever keen to encourage equality, it felt good to have “nice shot” on BOTH of the sexes signs.  (Yes, I know  you menfolk have some advantage in terms of aiming, but we still fire with the same power.  Just differently.)

More about Artistsmeet at Watersmeet here:

I really enjoyed responding to a theme, and this challenge brought the designer out in me.  (The painter in me is having a break over Winter!)  I do plan to work on some new “Resting Place ” paintings shortly, as The White Gallery in Dorking Surrey would like me to swop over some work soon, ready for Christmas.  I’ve been working on my new website as the old website will soon expire. 

The winter days tend to send me to the computer screen.  It is sometimes the lightest thing around!  As well as the “Pirate Toilet Humour Cannon Ball Loo Sign” shown above, I have been Photoshopping various other images. ( it’s the only kind of shopping I really enjoy), and as a result I have been posting a few new designs up on is a great website for creating affordable products of all kinds, (and customizing them as you wish).  At my Zazzle store  “FizzPopPlus” Design I have some  fixed and some customizable designs. A huge range of products, from Christmas tree decorations, to clocks and napkins, are available at   I have placed the “Pirate Toilet Humour  Cannon Ball Loo Sign” in the Featured product section and it is possible to buy this as a Ceramic Tile or a Photo Display Plaque (hardboard panel protected with UV resistant coating). It’s available as many other kinds of products too, but the Ceramic Tile and Photo Display Plaque would be most use for signage I should think!

Here’s the link for my Zazzle store:  Fizzpopplus is a very “off the top of my head” kind of name, but it was my reaction to the word “zazzle”.  Something about these Winter months sends me into a frenzy of posting work on the internet.  It’s a type of hibernation I think.  Maybe a hoarding mentality, stacking and storing nuts for the cold Winter months and hoping that I might reap the benefits later. (Not sure I will, but that’s another matter!)  It’s quite sensible to have more than one string in your bow…My painting is the most important thing to me in terms of value, but it doesn’t follow that just because I paint and this falls into the  “Fine Art”category I am somehow prohibited from playing around with other things, including funny loo signs, commercially created products for general consumption and popular images/subject matter.   Maybe this may “cheapen” some kind of image about myself and my artwork, but “some kind of image” is only that.  And nothing more.  So it need not be my concern.

I’ve got a few paintings on the go.  Slow simmer.  Ready in Springtime.

While preparing for my next exhibition at the CornerHOUSE Community Arts Centre in December, I have been releasing myself from the “list of things to do” with a little bit of work on some images taken around Christmas last year. 



Taken at Marble Hill Park, Twickenham, Surrey

I can hardly believe the date of 2007 of this photographic work of mine.  How time flies.  I have so much photographic work which I am not doing anything much with, so I will try and sort out some prints to sell at my next solo exhibition at The CornerHOUSE Community Arts Centre in Surbiton. 

Rain, Rain,Rain.

I just want to put the final coating of Keim 694 Waterbased semi-permanent anti-graffiticoating ON THE MURAL.  It’s sitting here in front of me, but cannot be used “if rain could fall within 5 to 6 hours”.  The way the last few days have been going, all my expected times and days have melted into the ground and evaporated!  I haven’t even seen the mural since John last came in to finish the cartoons, so I haven’t even seen it finished yet!  Hopefully one day next week….

Once I have coated the mural with the anti-graffiticoating, I will be working on a presentation on the whole process for the school.  And then the work really will be finished.  I have to say a really big thank you to Keim Mineral Paints again for their part in the project, which in the end turned out to be very significant, because I found their silica-sol paint “Soldalit” of great use for the linear parts of the painting, and John used this for the cartoons too.   I now intend to continue to use Soldalit for other exterior murals I paint, as the colour range is fantastic, and though I like to mix up my own colours, (as I did for the colour areas of the Trafalgar Mural, using the Beeck Full Colour mineral paints), it does save a lot of time if the colours are already mixed.

I’ve learnt a lot from this project….

1.  I love and hate the weather, but it’s kind of nice to be subject to it.

2. Some companies have great customer service, and others need to improve.  However great, you can only build on the foundations below you.  That means, every little person matters.

3.When you paint murals on party walls, it can take a long time and a lot of effort to get permission to do so, but if you use a porus silicate mineral paint, there is no good reason for refusal, as the wall can “breath”, so no damp issues arise.

4. Don’t assume anything

5. Children are worth working with.  My thanks to the lovely children who painted with me, and to all those wonderful artists who produced such amazing cartoons under the expert and sensitive guidance of John T Freeman.  If the mural was bigger, all the cartoons would be in the mural…every single one.

6. It will ALWAYS take longer than you think, and extensive preparation, including research, is always worth it.

7.  The composition has to be right.  If it’s not, don’t bother.

8.  Silicate Mineral Paint offers the best colour quality possible, far superior to acrylic paint in terms of its ability to reflect light.   Having spent hours looking at the difference, I have no doubt in my mind about this matter. It’s beautiful.  It is more demanding to use, but it’s worth it. And Keim Soldalit, their sol-silicate paint is much easier to use than the Beeck.

9. Take the rough with the smooth…In this case, quite literally.  The wall surface was rough!  Painting straight lines on such a surface doesn’t make much sense, but as they say, “where there’s a will, there’s a way” and nothing’s impossible.

10. Give generously, receive generously.

It might seem a bit early to put this down, but as the rain is stopping me from going any further, I might as well do this now.  I would like in the future to put together something on practical techniques for mural painting with silicate mineral paints to help others who might consider using this type of paint for exterior or interior murals, but to be honest, I have so much happening right now I cannot see myself being able to do this for sometime.

The Keim website is worth a look.

They have been stellar in their customer service, and helped immensely.  I’m very grateful.

I now have work to sort out for exhibition at the Rose Theatre in October, Gallery 63 in September, The CornerHOUSE in December and later on Leatherhead theatre in May 2012, which is great, but means the mural work has to stop for a while.  I am working on a mural in a garden, just a simple grey and white one  .I would like to do another exterior mural at the school later next year.  I’m also in the process of applying for the Artists Access to University Scheme, at Kingston University in order to develop my practice.  That should be enough for now,  plus running the house, and all that domestic bliss!

By way of a little deviation, some images of other things I have been creating!




I can’t resist the odd photograph now and again.

Pencil sketch done at West Dean College during last stay recently

Another part of the journey….


Well, I haven’t had an email telling me that “Stem (Sign of Life)” has not been accepted for show at the Cranleigh Arts Centre Open Exhibition 2011, so I am assuming, as instructed to assume, that it is one of the works which will be on show this year.  I am very pleased about this because I didn’t get my painting “Burst Forth/The Promised Land” into the Pallant House Open Art Competition.

I haven’t entered anything into the Cranleigh Arts Centre Open Exhibition before, so it was interesting to have a little look around.  What a lovely building…I do like it when church buildings become art centres!!!!!

This year the competition recieved a record amount of submissions from artists, which is very good news for them, and I  can’t wait to go along and see all the work on show.  I entered “Stem (Sign of Life)” which is a Digital C-Print on Foamex, laminated, and for the exhibition, framed.   I was going to enter both pieces, because Stem is one of two really, but I am a bit short of cash and I felt that if I put both in, as they are quite big, they might not be displayed or both picked anyway.

“Wilt (Sign of Death)” belongs with Stem, but at least I can show it here to you.  The images come originally from a photograph of some paint, so I am rather fond of this pair.  Photographs of paint have always been a bit of a thing for me it seems.  I like the fluidity expressed, but frozen by the camera, and the reduction of the image down to the pure colour,  like a reduction of paint to its most potent aspect, the pigment.  It took some time to arrive at the two images, but I am pleased with the way they relate to eachother.  I also created “Totem” which is a dye-sublimation print from this body of work which started in a very simple way, with some cheap poster paint.

One of a pair, but just this one entered into the Cranleigh Arts Centre Open Exhbition 2011

"Stem (Sign of Life)" Digital C Print on Foamex, laminated, framed by Jenny Meehan


This work accompanies "Stem (Sign of Life)" Jenny Meehan

"Wilt (Sign of Death)" Jenny Meehan Digital C-Print on Foamex





Well, How fortunate I am to live so near to The White Hart Pub in Chessington. I would not have said that in the past, as we seemed to get a lot of vomit, broken glass, noise (and even on one occasion someone walking over the top of our car in the middle of the night!).  I have always like the building itself though.  So there is some sadness over its disappearance.  While I write this, there is now only a very little part of it left. However, my proximity to the building has been a good advantage in my attempts to record some of the process of its demolition.

The processes involved in conserving paintings have been of great interest to me of late, but like any human being, (starting maybe from the first tower we build with our wooden bricks) the process of destroying what we have created has always had its own appeal!  Though I only started taking photographs of The White Hart last Friday, it is amazing how quickly the building has been taken down.  It’s been down with an amazing amount of care and skill, and I can’t pretend to be anything other than impressed.  While I wish I had started taking images right at the beginning of the process, I do have other images taken just recently after it closed down, and these include images before it was vandalised, so I am pleased about that.  I plan to work on the images over a period of time and hopefully exhibit them at some point.

While I am focusing on my painting over the next year, it seems that the appeal of the camera for me is now as a means of recording the present, (hopefully for future generations to be able to access).  I have also enjoyed the visual combination which exists in a damaged building…the presence of structure alongside brokenness.

I will be posting images of  The White Hart Pub in Chessington gradually, (over the next couple of months)  both on a dedicated page on my website and also on my Flickr stream.

Back from West Dean, and other holiday trips here and there, to find the publicity information for “Muybridge In Kingston” on my doorstep.  Very glad to see it too, as I had no knowledge of the “John Lewis Art Prize Photography Competition” which is one of many events going on as part of this focus on one of Kingston’s most innovative people.  Events at the Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston Museum and the Tate Britain, look very interesting and varied, and I will certainly be going to some of them. 

I also just had to enter the “John Lewis Art Prize Photography Competition”.  Though I am focusing on my painting, I do periodically return to my camera and computer, and as the John Lewis competition has its focus around the John Lewis building in Kingston, how could I resist?  My “John Lewis Partnership Foundations 1987  inkjet artwork (which was displayed at the Stanley Picker Gallery “Kingston Contemporary Open” Exhibition in 2007) beckoned me once more.  But to use something I have worked on in the past in a new way is much more exciting, and it’s one of the joys of being an artist…taking something old and making it new in some way. 

But time!  It’s so tight!  A bit like last time around…inspiration comes fast and thick…sometimes pressure can help things along a bit.  I started working today at around 12 noon and now the print is delivered to the Gift List Department at John Lewis, Kingston.  I am very grateful for the fact that I invested in a printer recently, and also that I had some inkjet paper to hand.  It’s hard financially, and always a struggle to work out what is a worthwhile investment…one which will be useful…but looks like past purchases have come into their own this time around, as I would not have had time to get the image printed elsewhere…not exactly as I required it.

The image is called “Years Go By – John Lewis Partnership Foundations 2010” and gets its title from one of many thoughts I had while creating the piece.  Because it contains parts of the previous “John Lewis Partnership Foundations” image  (in the picture frame and the screen) I felt I had to include this in the title.  My awareness of the rapid passing of time as I worked on it, especially with the deadline date being tommorrow, was something I wanted to include, and the passing of  time is also referenced in the image through the text in the store about beds! 

Because the events going on focus on the work of Muybridge, a figure from the past, and a creator of images (both still and moving) with the camera,  and the competition has its focus on the John Lewis Kingston Store,  to use my own past photographic work by bringing it forward in time and setting it within the John Lewis Furniture Department seemed like an interesting way to set up lots of new visual and conceptual  relationships.  I was thinking about people planning the interior of their homes, thinking about the planning involved right from the outset of creating  a new building, (even so far back as the first lines drawn by an architect), thinking about a blank piece of paper…the problems we all have with dimensions….(mine was the my image looked great square, but I wanted it to work on A3, as that was the format for the competition).  People choosing furniture also have to think about how objects fit into physical spaces.  I gave the figure from the 1987 image of the building’s foundations a prominent place in the image…I quite like the relationship between him and the lady at the top right who is looking at a selection of pictures and wondering no doubt which to choose.  I guess I am also hoping that my image will be chosen as part of the John Lewis Art Prize Exhibition which runs from the 8th September at “The Place To Eat” in John Lewis Kingston.  Only time will tell!!!

More information on Events which are part of the “Muybridge In Kingston” 2010

Here is my entry…

Entry by Jenny Meehan for the "John Lewis Art Prize" 2010, part of the Muybridge In Kingston events

This is another chapter in the story started by my first image of the foundations of the John Lewis building in Kingston. First image 1987, this one created in 2010. Interior of furniture department was taken last year I think from memory.

And here was the image which was shown at the Stanley Picker Gallery in 2007 as part of the Kingston Contemporary Open Exhibition…

Image of 2007 artwork "John Lewis Foundations Partnership" Jenny Meehan

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