Temporary Studio Space!

 

jenny meehan

 

I am delighted to now be sitting in a studio space!  It is miles easier than working at home, and though I can only afford to rent it for one month, I know I will make the most of it.  Having a dedicated space for art working is very helpful and does induce some new opportunities.  Even being able to leave things out is productive.

The studio tent is too cold right now in November.  Though it’s excellent in the Summer to work outside, it’s not possible at this time of year.  The kitchen table at home is often another place I work on, but that too has it’s limitations.

If you would like to assist me in funding a studio space, then please do make an offering through my paypal me page.  Studio spaces cost around 200 to 350 per month and that’s out of my league at the moment.

Pop the following in your browser:

paypal.me/jennymeehan  and just follow the instructions putting in the amount you would like to gift to me.

Another way to help me financially is to buy my work.  I have plenty, ranging from original paintings to open edition or numbered and signed prints.  Just contact me via the contact form on my website if you are looking for something particular.  I also have an instagram account which is an excellent way of seeing a range of my art working in  quick and easy way.

My instagram is jamartlondon_jennymeehan

So what will I be doing in this studio space…?  I am bouncing several ideas around.  I have several ideas, but the main point is to have the freedom to experiment.  However, a big plus which I will be enjoying,  is that I have a big wall and so I will be able to work on a bigger scale than I have previously done, and have the experience of painting on a large scale while standing up, as normally I have my paintings on the ground.

 

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Here is a place to hit my head against a brick wall. Very useful!
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Interestingly it was a wall which I discovered in my wanderings through the rear access roads of Chessington many years ago which served as an incentive to start to paint and explore paint and substrates in more depth.

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Someone had painted it as above which I loved.

 

Which Paints?

I have brought along with me a few acrylic paints and some Sol- Silicate paint.  I prefer my Keim paint to any other, and the pigments used I much prefer, but I have brought along some acrylic paints as well.

I tend to favour the use of inorganic pigments in my painting.  Its a route I started to travel on after completing a mural using silicate mineral paint and I continue to work with silica sol paints in particular.   These incorporate earth and mineral pigments which are produced in simple chemical processes.  They are also permanent with great lightfastness. So no worries about fading over time.

Today organic synthesis chemistry offers a virtually endless number of artificial colouring substances.  They are all secondary products of crude oil with the corresponding high loads on the environment when being produced and disposed of.  I prefer the traditional mineral and earth pigments.  I find when I do use others,  I have to tone them down and knock them back by huge amounts.  The one area where I do enjoy the cruder, wilder, synthetic colours is when used in dye sublimation printing,  and if suitable, I enjoying translating some of my digital imagery onto fabric.

But I have brought along a few, though I suspect I may be muting them considerably!

 

Backwards is the new Forwards

Part of my practice as a visual artist to reflect, recall and remember.

When it get’s to this time of year I do tend to look backwards.

One of the highlights for me was having my re-design of the International Access Symbol accepted and shown as part of the Shape Arts Open Exhibition this year.

Mainly because it was exactly the right place for something like this to be shown.  And because this piece of art /design is the fruit of my own personal experience with using disabled facilities because of personal need.

 

 

 

ISA international access jenny meehan © Jenny Meehan. All Rights Reserved 2019, new access symbol designed,inclusivity,disabled equality,new symbol design graphic,jenny meehan,jamartlondon,

ISA international access jenny meehan © Jenny Meehan. All Rights Reserved 2019,

 

Inclusive Re-design of the International Symbol of Access (ISA) by Jenny Meehan © 2019 All Rights Reserved

Above you can see some of the fruit of my labour! The labours of my life!

My re-design of the International Symbol of Access  retains the buoyant feeling so important in “No Problem/Moving On” ) I designed this symbol in February 2019 with clear concepts in mind. My own experience of temporary disability before and after knee replacement surgery certainly inspired me to work on an alternative symbol to the International Symbol of Access. I got sick of the sight of the wheelchair symbol!

But I want to know from many people who face disability of different kinds what it expresses for you personally. Having knee replacement surgery and the reasons for that have changed my and awareness, but I have also been reminded that for a lot of people they have mobility restricted long term.  Is a redesign of the International Symbol of Access (ISA) needed? What do you think?

My design came from personal experience. I felt uncomfortable using disabled toilets marked with the wheelchair symbol but I needed to use them. It made me think about the essential elements I felt should be conveyed in the symbol. You see the circle, previously a wheel, transformed into an opening. You see the right angle, previously a seat transformed into the outstretched arms. You are accommodated. It’s a person centred design with a clear message of inclusiveness which is key. Having my own less visible, temporary, experience of difficulties and restrictions of mobility I hope my expression in this design conveys something positive and affirming.

There is also an expression of a person coming through, forwards and upwards and outwards. I can identify with that… I have certainly been on a journey with my own mobility.  (One which slightly continues, as still with osteoarthritis and also my un-operated knee does affect me.) But I don’t need to use disabled toilets any more for the time being at least.

When I look at the wheelchair symbol it makes me think how many people it misses out.  It reminds me of how differently I was treated when I was using a stick and/or a crutch (not always favourable, by the way!) and also reminds me that though the tools and objects we can use to help us are important, they can get in the way when it comes to perceptions other people have of us as PEOPLE, first and foremost.

To celebrate the inclusion of my re-design of the International Symbol of Access in the Shape Open Exhibition 2019 I am making merchandise available on Redbubble.com so that if this symbol resonates with you, you can access it on printed products!

You can get those here:

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/works/41002650-jenny-meehans-redesign-of-the-international-symbol-of-access-shape-open-art-2019?c=389187-jenny-meehan-surface-pattern-and-clothing-designs

I would really value your thoughts and experiences though so contact me via jamartlondon.com or in the comments of this blog.

One of my favourite products using my design on Redbubble.com is the clock.  The reason for this being that with time things do change.  Also time can change anyone’s situation.  I didn’t expect to experience mobility difficulties and restrictions, but in time I did.  Also things may change for me in the future.  We all take what we have for granted.  It’s a good practice to think beyond what we know.  And things do change.

I think the wheelchair symbol should change, but no doubt any change is fraught with restrictions, and so many countries would be involved and so many approvals made, that it may never happen.  However, this doesn’t mean it’s not important to think, talk about, and envision.  It’s a tool for conversation ,thoughts and sharing experiences at the very least I hope.

My design is also published in the catalogue from Shape Arts Open Exhibition 2019 which you can buy from Shape Arts.

There was a fantastic selection of art on show.

Here is general info on ShapeArts:

https://www.shapearts.org.uk/pages/news/category/shape-open

 

Black and White – Humanizing Medicine at Barts Pathology Museum

I’m really into black and white at the moment!

I have a long standing interest in healthcare…Started years ago when I worked as a Dental Nurse and has never gone away!  I was very pleased to find out about the “Humanizing Medicine” call out for artists.

Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities was held at Bart’s Pathology Museum on Tuesday 19th November 2019 5.30 – 7.30pm  It was a truly fascinating place!  I loved it.  Photography of specimens is not allowed, but seeing them and hearing about them was an amazing experience.

 

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barts pathology museum art exhibition jamartlondon jenny meehan humanizing medicine art and poetry exhibition as part of the Being Human festival

 

barts pathology museum art exhibition jamartlondon jenny meehan humanizing medicine art and poetry exhibition as part of the Being Human festival

barts pathology museum art exhibition jamartlondon jenny meehan humanizing medicine art and poetry exhibition as part of the Being Human festival

 

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arthritis, humanising healthcare art, jenny meehan, jamartlondon,barts pathology museum exhibition, butterfly art,

 

It was a celebration of the human side of medicine…Holding an art exhibition is such a great way to do this!

There are many amazing specimens to see.  Here is a taster:

https://www.qmul.ac.uk/pathologymuseum/specimens/

Butterfly Net Image and Poem – For the Humanising Medicine Exhibition

I experience pain due to osteoarthritis and some days it’s quite bad!
As soon as I heard about this I sat down and created something based on my own experience.
I wanted to express the sense of fragility that comes from not knowing how things will be day to day with health, and Butterfly Net seemed the right way to do it as in the process of making it by tearing the strips I experienced the very pain that makes a”bad day” a bad day.
However, in creating it, I have chosen to utilise the experience. As with much of my art work, I use my own writing.  The two pieces should be displayed together.  On one day I may be able to tear paper, on another, I may not.  However, I can type instead. Having them together conveys a little aspect of what life can be like with any kind of health condition I think.  One day you can do something, another day you cannot.
I chose a very simplistic image of a butterfly which I made by cutting paper and resting it unstuck on another piece of paper. This emphasizes fragility…There’s nothing holding the pieces together.
I was also thinking very much that though I associate arthritis with something which affects people in their latter years, because of my own experience with osteoarthritis, yet I realize there are many people affected by different types of bone pain who are much younger/children.
For example,  there is Juvenile arthritis…a disease in which there is inflammation of the synovium in  children of 16 years or younger.  It’s an autoimmune disease.
Choosing a childlike rendition of a butterfly reminds us that arthritis isn’t something just experienced by older people.
It’s also a condition which isn’t obvious… There is something of it being a condition which is less visible and in the dark, or shadows.  And I was also thinking of the shadows on Xray images too!
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arthritis, humanising healthcare art, jenny meehan, jamartlondon,barts pathology museum exhibition, butterfly art,

https://www.qmul.ac.uk/pathologymuseum/about/
Text from website:

“Barts Pathology Museum is based in St Bartholomews Hospital at West Smithfield and houses over 5,000 medical specimens on display over 3 mezzanine levels of the Victorian museum.

Prior to the appointment of the current Technical Curator, Barts Pathology Museum was in a state of disarray. As medical teaching changed, the need for the study of anatomy and pathology pots declined.

Without funding the specimens and the infrastructure of the building suffered and it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that a donation was secured to renovate the collection. Grant funding was provided by The Medical College of Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital Trust, a registered charity that promotes and advances medical and dental education and research at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Events were originally scheduled for after the completion of this project but the museum has opened slightly earlier than expected due to its physical arrangement. The conservation and cataloguing still continue.”

and

Barts Pathology Museum, a part of Queen Mary University of London , is a medical-humanities hub and venue for public engagement and education. Our events showcase research and the arts from our own institution as well as other universities, independent researchers and other museums. Our activities are in accordance with Human Tissue Authority recommendations on Public Display of medical collections and the University Museums Group guidance, and are sensitive to the dignity of the collection.

 

Ant Parade by Jenny Meehan

 

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ant parade by jenny meehan ©jenny meehan all rights reserved

 

I have this work back now after it was exhibited as part of the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s Cold-blooded and Spineless project  Subterraneous exhibition. Subterraneous is part of an AONB Partnership project and Cold-blooded and Spineless was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  It was great to be part of that and it looked excellent.

I have used the base design which was exhibited and developed it a little so that it is available via Redbubble.com.

https://www.redbubble.com/people/jennyjimjams/works/41294343-ant-parade-abstract-repeating-design-by-jenny-meehan?card_size=4×6&p=greeting-card&rbs=845edcfa-99a0-4814-a3aa-f1d3a0f01f18&ref=available_products

Above is the link to the Greetings Card, but its available on 32 products and in different colour ways.  Buying merchandise with my designs on gives me a small royalty percentage which I use towards the continuation of my creative project, so do please purchase something if you like it.  It’s a great way to get something unique and support an artist at the same time.  Items are not sold in large amounts… There are so many talented artists on Redbubble.com, which is great.  So if you want to collect some examples of my work in an easy and affordable way, then buying examples from Redbubble might be a way of doing so.  Items are not signed by me, of course, but does this matter?  In the end, if you like my work and you want it, I want you to have it, in the easiest and most affordable way.  Yes, I sell my original paintings for much more, but I don’t think any false idea of exclusivity has any place in what I do.

 

Down Memory Lane

 

 

Down Port Hill,

Kentisbury.

It was just “the lane”.

We rode our bikes, me and my brother,

down the lane held into the beautiful hedgerow.

 

The china in Preston Cottage was (I discovered later) designed by Alfred Meakin.

“Hedgerow”

I made sure I had a milk jug as an adult, of the same design

because from it’s lip

spoke fond memory

Of time.

 

Time

when you and me could play,

putting our hands into waters

which leapt over

all obstacles

merrily.

 

 

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preston cottage port hill kentisbury exmoor north devon

 

Bottom left image is of Preston Cottage, which I think is still now called “Next Week” in 2012.  Other images show Preston Cottage as it was in the 1970’s when our family used to go there for our holidays.  The view on the top right means so much to me…We used to run through that gate to the bottom of the field where it was possible to make a bit of a dam and play in the pool of water which formed.  Preston cottage was extended to the side… When we stayed there it was just two bedrooms.  The water supply was the spring and the water came out brown a lot of the time!

We would get our eggs from Mr and Mrs Tucker, the farmers at Preston Farm.  They had lots of chickens and cats, along with cattle, and they were always very friendly and kind. Preston Farm now is listed as run by  D.g Pile.  So I take it it is still a working farm of some kind.
EX31 4NH Kentisbury

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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Woman in a Chemise by Picasso

 

Change for jamartlondon.com

It’s very annoying but I have just found out that because Adobe Flash is being discontinued and I built my jamartlondon website with a flash based editor, the only way I will be able to continue to edit it in the future will be with the ever increasingly out of date adobe flash add on I have on one of my computers. And when that computer dies, which it may well do soon, as its very old, then that will be that, for editing my website.

I can start to build one from scratch, but for the time being I need to put my energy into other things, so I will be tidying it up while I can, and then keeping it online, but static.  You will still be able to use the contact form but I think I will be using this blog and other ways of showing my recent projects, work and activities online rather than my website.  I will get around to making a new one in the next couple of years but it will need to become a useful port of call  but not a means of knowing what I am doing beyond 2019.  Never mind.

jenny meehan of jamartlondon

jenny meehan of jamartlondon

 

jenny meehan of jamartlondon

jenny meehan of jamartlondon

 

It’s very, very, far down the bottom of this page, but you can see some recent examples of my Instagram shares right at the end of this page.  To see the various widgets on this blog (when you are viewing it using your mobile) without needing to scroll down into the depths of eternity, just select the page under the MENU which starts Jenny Meehan (Jennifer Meehan) Artist – Author – Painter -Poet and, as that’s a SHORT page, you can see all kinds of handy widgets such as Google Translate and Instagram without wearing your finger out with excessive scrolling!

 

 

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:  http://www.hesainprint.com/search/jenny+meehan   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:  http://painters-table.com/blog/tenses-landscape?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Painters+Table+-+Weekly+Update+October+19+2012&utm_content=Painters+Table+-+Weekly+Update+October+19+2012+CID_010b424e11d6329ca909cd4cbf072ded&utm_source=PT

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  http://artintheark.wordpress.com/exhibitions/autumn-open/

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  http://www.bogstandardgallery.com/about.htm.   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:  http://www.threerivers.gov.uk/Default.aspx/Web/AboutArtistsmeet

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 www.jamartlondon.com as the old website http://www.jennymeehan.co.uk will soon expire.

www.jamartlondon.com 

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 Zazzle.com.  Zazzle.com 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 Zazzle.com.   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: http://www.zazzle.co.uk/fizzpopplusdesign.  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.

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