Wednesday, 1 April 2020


One evening, turning a corner towards the river, I suddenly saw this glowing sunset over on the other side.
Sunlight overflowing onto the trees and bouncing off the front wall of that distant building as though it were pure gold...  and only for a few minutes before the light changed completely... but that moment in and out of time ... I just knew I had to paint it... so many days and weeks trying to convey this memory, to bring it to birth... to convey something of that joyful moment...

Monday, 30 March 2020


And people stayed home
and read books and listened
and rested and exercised
and made art and played
and learned new ways of being
and stopped
and listened deeper
someone meditated
someone prayed
someone danced
someone met their shadow
and people began to think differently
and people healed
and in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways,
dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
even the earth began to heal
and when the danger ended
and people found each other
grieved for the dead people
and they made new choices
and dreamed of new visions
and created new ways of life
and healed the earth completely
just as they were healed themselves.

Kathleen O'Meara

poem found on Newsheet from St Mary’s Church, Wivenhoe.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Sunday : St John 11 v 1-45

 Why did Jesus wait so long before setting out to visit Martha, Mary & Lazarus in Bethany when he heard that Lazarus was ill ? 
It is worth realising that it was highly dangerous for Jesus and his followers to go to Bethany because it was so near Jerusalem, his life would then be in danger... 
...but you would only realise that by reading of the growing opposition he had been facing throughout the previous chapters in John’s Gospel [from about ch 7 onwards]... 
When he does decide to make the journey to Bethany, his disciples immediately point out how dangerous it would be. Thomas then says they should all go with him, and die with him, if necessary. 
Follow the narrative right through, and you will see that some of the mourners go and report what has happened to the Jewish Leaders who promptly decide they must arrest and kill Jesus...maybe Lazarus as well... if they are to save their nation from being destroyed by their Roman overlords. 
This is the background setting for this dramatic event.

You might be interested in “Jesus Wept” by Debie Thomas

picture a day

Friday, 27 March 2020

Hollow Willow

I was fascinated by several ancient hollow willow trees along the riverside at Dedham...

they were quite amazing...the way they had become so hollow over time, and yet they retained a strong crown of glory in their young branches being tossed around by the wind...

... in my “Open Studio” a few years ago someone recognised this tree & told me how one winter he was walking just along there with his dog which suddenly decided the ice would be a great route across the river...but... you've probably guessed... the ice gave way & the poor dog scrabbled around...
“it was just about there” he said,  pointing to my painting...and the man had had to wade into the freezing river to rescue his dog !

              Fortunately the story had a happy ending...  :)