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Just seen the Picasso Prints at the British Museum.  You are allowed to take photographs of them, which I did for some to use for reference purposes.  Very pleased about that, as I like to spend as much time as possible looking at others work, if it inspires, and certainly many fine etchings DID inspire.

Having just been to see the “Picasso and Modern British Art” at Tate Britain, (for a price!) with the annoying restrictions of once entering the exhibition, having to stay there (no exit and re-entry) it will be nice to swan in and out and return as many times as desired to the Picasso Prints at the British Museum.  The “Picasso and Modern British Art” was good to see, yes, but it’s hard not to feel stung by the price.  Certainly I think for £15 re-entry should be possible, unless the exhibition is so overcrowded that this is not possible.

“He never gets away from the object, but through it.  The object is not a symbol for anything, it is everything”   Quote from Myfanwy Evans in “Axis” A Quarterly Review of “Abstract” Painting and Sculpture No 2 April 1935  Reprint Tate Library and Archive Z03205

My favourite painting on display: “The Source” 1921. Oil on canvas.  I like this classical subject, and the female figure which appears as the personification of rivers, a reference backed up by the title and the amphora, is something I have made a note of.  I feel the absence of the human figure in my work right now.  I am gathering notes and thoughts about what kinds of figures I might experiment in the future with, when I decide to focus myself on painting objects and dealing with recognisable subject matter.  I love, just love the colours in the painting.

This leads me to the sculptures in the part of the exhibition “Henry Moore and Picasso”.  I have always been very interested in Henry Moore’s work and it was one of the most interesting sections of this exhibition in my opinion.  I found “Composition 1943” in cast concrete grabbed me.  Both the material, which was unexpectedly beautiful, and the relationship between the components of the piece were the main draw for me.  I would like in the future to experiment with concrete as a material.  Yet another desire to join the never ending queue!  I spent a long time looking at “Seated Figure 1930” in Alabaster.  I like the way that the original shape of the stone is retained by the way the composition is worked into it.  A lovely attractive blockiness (is that a word, if not, it should be!). Amazing carved wood sculpture too, completely amazing.  Having tried out a little wood carving myself I could appreciate better the achievement.

I made a lot of notes and spent around three hours, keen to get my money’s worth, though I do not feel that this is the best way of experiencing an exhibition of this kind.  Far from it.  I was interested in the rooms on Duncan Grant and Picasso,  Ben Nicholson and Picasso, and Henry Moore and Picasso.  I was NOT interested in Francis Bacon and Picasso, Graham Sutherland and Picasso, David Hockney and Picasso or Wyndham Lewis and Picasso.  There is something I really DON’T like about Wyndham Lewis’ work.  I feel quite repulsed.  I am not sure why, and I won’t spend the time analysing it.  It was a delight to see “The Three Dancers” in the flesh, and there are lots of other notes I have made on various works and my thoughts about them.  It’s a pleasure to be able to go to an exhibition like this and take so much away.  The only problem being there is never sufficient time to explore my ideas  because I have too many.  Never mind.

This is a VERY good read on the Picasso and Modern British Art exhibition, far better than I can produce with my less inclined will and the desire to spend as much of my time as possible painting, along with the necessary household chores, which never disappear.

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n06/tj-clark/false-moderacy

Also popping in and out of the National Gallery as much as possible.

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/giovanni-girolamo-savoldo-mary-magdalene

As for my own work, after a computer disaster, I have got a little behind with the processing of images.  But a disaster has turned into a blessing, because though I have lost my Photoshop software, I have been forced to try out some freeware, much of which is proving great fun to use.  It maybe even better for what I am now tending to use digital photography for, which is record keeping mainly.  I am missing many aspects of Photoshop but it’s doing me no harm to try out some different software, and I’m very impressed with the batch editing I am now getting rather carried away with.  This has enabled me to quickly and easily produce websize images which serve the purpose of providing a helpful record of areas of paint on my current paintings.  I have three non-object acrylic paintings now completed, and here are samples from them:

Acrylic Painting Sample from recent paintings by Contemporary British London/Surrey based painter Jenny Meehan. See  more examples of non-objective and representational british painting. www.jamartlondon.com

Acrylic Painting Sample from recent paintings by Contemporary British London/Surrey based painter Jenny Meehan. See more examples of non-objective and representational british painting. Please note that my website address is now http://www.jamartlondon.com

One of many images taken from recent paintings.  Enjoying batch editing!

Acrylic Painting Sample from recent paintings by Contemporary British London/Surrey based painter Jenny Meehan. See  more examples of non-objective and representational british painting. Please note that my website address is now www.jamartlondon.com

Acrylic Painting Sample from recent paintings by Contemporary British London/Surrey based painter Jenny Meehan. See more examples of non-objective and representational british painting. Please note that my website address is now http://www.jamartlondon.com

Acrylic Painting Sample from recent paintings by Contemporary British London/Surrey based painter Jenny Meehan. See  more examples of non-objective and representational british painting. Please note that my website address is now www.jamartlondon.com

Acrylic Painting Sample from recent paintings by Contemporary British London/Surrey based painter Jenny Meehan. See more examples of non-objective and representational british painting. Please note that my website address is now http://www.jamartlondon.com

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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.   https://www.flickr.com/photos/54075937@N08/with/5010967191/

Just put together a little video of a selection of my drawings from 2008 – 2010.  Do take a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQnLHf8qlJ4

I have much to explore with drawing, and I am rather taken up with painting at present, but I am planning to use my sketchbook more, and I am hoping that over the Summer I will produce many more sketches and drawings which hopefully I will at some point put to use in a painting or two.  Drawing interests me in that it is one  way of developing visual awareness and sensitivity and it is  an extremely valuable discipline.   I learnt lots of different approaches during the time I spent life drawing, and I want to experiment with them over the Summer, out of doors, at West Dean Gardens, where I am repeating the excellent “Landscape and Figure Painting in Oils – The British Tradition” tutored by John T Freeman.

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