Blog post Discovering Connection & a special delivery

A special delivery and discovering connection

I deliver!

This last week saw me delivering my latest large painting to The Levee Art Gallery and Studios in Maitland. It was the first trip of its kind in my new van. I loved the driving and being able to fit in some furniture for my daughter too was a bonus. I still need a bit of practice getting the large size wood panels in and out of the van but that will happen soon enough.

Photo of my new Renault Kangoo van for art deliveries.

Originally I was calling my Renault Kangoo “Skippy” but now it’s changed to “Vincent Vangoo”!

Sun’s Calligraphy

‘Sun’s Calligraphy’ has been warmly received in the gallery as well as online prior to the delivery. It’s 120cm square (48 inches) and is my largest work in a long time. The gallery had asked for a painting in rusty reds but as you can see that didn’t happen. It wasn’t for lack of trying! My paintings seem to choose their own colour palettes and the shapes that feature within them.

Sun's Calligraphy by Jan Allsopp, a large painting in golds, teal and neutral shades

Sun’s Calligraphy by Jan Allsopp

Once again ‘Sun’s Calligraphy’ is made up of many layers of paint, some solid, some transparent and revealing what lies underneath. A prominent shape in this painting is the squiggling lines. These are lines that I notice appearing in one form or other in many of my works this past year.

Detail of 'Sun's Calligraphy' by Jan Allsopp, a large painting in golds, teal and neutral shades

Detail of ‘Sun’s Calligraphy’ by Jan Allsopp

Discovering connection

Usually a ‘m’ or ’n’ shape, my rounded squiggle lines have slowly revealed their meaning to me too. I now understand that they represent a connection or connections.

The word ‘connection’ has many meanings – association, relationship, kinship, path, merging, closeness, attachment, bond, bridge, communication, continuity, etc etc etc. I’ve come to understand that my arching lines can mean one of these in one painting, and have a completely different meaning in another. But they all mean ‘connection’ in some way.

Connection and anchors?

I’m not certain, but I believe connection is so important in my painting because it encapsulates the many ways we can look at a situation and yet still find the positive in it – if we look for it.

Sketchbook pages by Jan Allsopp where she is working out composition of "Sun's Calligraphy" painting

Working out compositional details for ‘Sun’s Calligraphy’

As you probably know, I’m passionate about happiness, in particular how it is actually a choice, as well as how we might make it easy for ourselves to choose it. Happiness and our actions that bring it about can also be viewed as an anchor in the turmoil that life often is (or seems to be). Unattached, unmoving shapes have also begun appearing in my work. I see these as anchors holding us to our truth, our authentic selves, our best intentions. And yet these anchors are not heavy or dragging us down. They are stable, but as light as air. They are not holding us down but encourage us to construct an interesting life using them as security and a foundation. Yes, it’s all a bit esoteric!

Once again I am reminded of why I am a painter – so I don’t have to find the right words to express it!!! For me, painting is much easier.

Can you see or feel the element of connection in ‘Sun’s Calligraphy’?

Comments 8

  1. Reminds me of the Australian Aboriginal symbol for a group of people gathered around a campfire or waterhole, depicted as a circle or arch. Love your calming colour palette Jan.

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      That’s interesting. I often see Aboriginal symbols creeping into other Australian artist’s work, but never noticed this. It’s amazing how we’re influenced by our environment!

  2. Great blog Jan, really inspirational to see the new “Jan Van” development. The moving lines in your paintings are like roadways, emotional and physical. Like the new works.

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  3. Please realize that having a van will change your art….bigger art!
    When I was trying to justify my van purchase, I happened upon an interview of colorist Josef Albert. He was asked if he started painting bigger because he was influenced by the abstract expressionists. His reply, “NO that’s when we got the van.” Makes me giggle every time I load up!
    Enjoy the journey!

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      Oh Lelija I love this story! It’s so true. As artists we seem to be under the sway of invisible forces but the truth is we are mere mortals limited by physical forces. I absolutely love my van but now you’ve got me wondering about a bigger one…

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