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

 

 

 

 

A lot of my oil paintings from the most excellent “Landscape and Figure Painting in Oils –  The British Tradition” course by John T Freeman are not finished but there are a few I have finished mulling over, so here is one of them which has undergone the necessary process of being sent through the computer for viewing over the internet.  John T Freeman is one of the most gifted teachers I have had the good privilege to have stumbled upon.  West Dean College and Gardens is  a great place, and I love meeting people dearly, and there are so many people who love artistic expression, it’s all a bit heavenly.  Yes, I am missing it.   It is a privilege to go there too.

Thankfully, next year, though I will not be able to attend the Summer School at West Dean (It is a hefty chunk of cash!) I have £100 off voucher due to the West Dean College “Loyal Lobster Scheme”.  I am saving a bit each month and along with that I will be able to participate in another course next year.  I have wanted to work with lino printing for a couple of years.  My photographic work has over the course of time leant further and further in the direction of blocks of rich colour and I would like to explore this direction using a different printing process to that of photographic reproduction. One that opens up some new possibilities.   And ink… I did try it out this year at the West Dean Summer School in a taster session, and it was POWERFUL stuff! I did not like the smell or the consistency, so maybe that does not bode well, but the COLOUR!  I do feel I want to continue the strands which have emerged from my photographic art, and this is certainly one of them.  I think it’s going to be a useful tool for some interesting work in the future.

One of my experiments carried out at West Dean College, 2010

I am exploring many exciting and interesting ways of manipulating paint and it is opening up lots of expressive opportunities.

 

Take a look at Jenny Meehan’s website jamartlondon  to see some of her more recent work!  http://www.jamartlondon.com/

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