Saturday, 17 October 2020

Celebrating St Luke, this Sunday


According to early tradition St Luke was a physician,and, if so, he probably would have understood the plight of the poor woman who is desperate to reach out to Jesus in the crowd to receive healing after so many years of searching in vain for a medical cure... In these two paintings by Yungsung Kim I feel a sense of “before” and “after”... this one below seems to show, through the darkness on the right, the pain of this woman trying to reach out her hand through the crowd and just being able to reach the hem of Jesus’ garment, and the feeling that everything was for her in flux and chaos that flows across the whole painting... then in the second painting... how do you see that one ?...?

artist: Yungsung Kim
here, I feel, the colour & lightness of touch give a sense of joyful wholeness...this feels like someone who is  free to continue, fleet-footed to continue the assignment with Jairus whose daughter needs healing...and yet, ...  and yet Jesus still takes the time to stop and assure this woman of her healing...and  gives her the added blessing of realising it is through her faith that she has been healed. She is no longer an outcast but restored to a place within her family and wider community... [ do read Luke 8 v 40f and see if you can just imagine yourself there,  in that crowd,  maybe...]


Sunday, 4 October 2020

Heron’s Hideaway: up in a tree just above eye level

 as soon as he realises you have seen him... he is off !   

But he stayed around long enough for someone to point him out to me “He seems to like that perch : I often catch sight of him up there “ 

...aand he stayed long enough for me to finish a quick sketch !...painted later at home away from the rain & damp :)

Heron’s Perch : oil on canvas, Janet Driver

Well, here he is, as promised... I just hope he stays around on this blog page long enough for you to see him today :)

Saturday, 3 October 2020

Odds & ends...

Guy Taplin : Four Godwits

The Geedon Gallery, Fingringhoe has just opened its exhibition featuring the work of Guy Taplin and several other artists: for details see their website :

When we had the dry sunny weather earlier on we worked hard for about three weeks painting and repairing the with this colder wet weather I am really glad we completed that in time. I found myself going through sorting out things I had kept years ago, discovering this cartoon which still, sadly, resonates with us do you feel about it ? [apologies: I do not know who made it &  can no longer decipher the name nor turn it the right way up!]

Another old favourite came to light : my oil painting of a heron which had its hideaway high up in a tree where it could look down over people’s heads towards the lake where he had just been fishing [until he noticed me sketching him, fascinated by his ruff ... & suddenly took off, disappearing into the trees]

sorry... the cartoon & a photo of my painting seem to have become invisible !
I will blog the Heron painting again next week
& hope it stays around long enough for you to see it :)

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Mary the mother of Jesus


mid-September is the time when many churches named St Mary’s will be celebrating the life of Mary, Jesus’ here are some favourite paintings from around the world...


Jyoti Sahi

Vladimir Icon

janet driver


the jesusmafa paintings are from villagers in Cameroun, West Africa who collaborated with French missionaries to produce a whole series of paintings which used to be obtainable as posters from their website which sadly seems to have closed down. Some years ago I bought a set of these posters for use with our church in London with people mainly of African or Afro- Caribbean backgrounds. Many of us love these paintings showing well - known Biblical stories in an African setting...if you search for ‘jesusmafa paintings’ or ‘jesusmafa images’ you should be able to see many more...and I will continue to add different ones to this blog whenever I can.

Sunday, 9 August 2020

Sunday 9th Aug 20

You might like to see Debbie Thomas’ reflections on the Gospel for today at 
artist: Yungsun Kim

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

The Transfiguration : St Luke 9 v 28 - 36

The Transfiguration : c. T.A.Thomas

This Indian painting conveys a strong sense of stillness, awe  and wonder, whereas the Cameroonian one below reminds me of disappearing into mist and cloud rolling down the mountain in Snowdonia...or Kilimanjaro in East Africa with its summit often surrounded by cloud.
How do you imagine this scene ?
Luke’s Gospel recounts many times when Jesus went up into the hills alone to pray, and I can well imagine the silence and solitude... walking alone... gaining perspective away from the crowds... and taking his inner group of followers up the mountainside would immediately remind them of Moses and Elijah seeking God in mountain silence & solitude.
The Indian painting reminds me of depictions of the Buddha in the Sri Lankan Dambulla  Caves, where his Enlightenment is portrayed by a rainbow of coloured light surrounding him as he sits in meditation. This Indian artist has shown Christ as an Indian Holy Man, surrounded by colourful light which both comes down upon him and shines out from within him...

The Transfiguration : c. Jesusmafa

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Beautiful Birds

photo: Troy Snow
 I have seen Egrets now and then down with other birds near the water’s edge at low tide ... 
but never seen them so beautiful as in these photos !  

photo found on Pinterest