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 : geedongallery.co.uk

When we had the dry sunny weather earlier on we worked hard for about three weeks painting and repairing the studio...now 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 today...how 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’ mother...so here are some favourite paintings from around the world...

  Jesusmafa

Jyoti Sahi

Vladimir Icon


janet driver


Jesusmafa

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 
www.journeywithjesus.net 
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 


Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Wednesday 22nd July

APOLOGIES ....   after several attempts to re - write & put a few paintings onto this blog in celebration of Mary Magdalene  / 22nd July...   I have once more lost the threads and paintings too...

I will try again in a few days time.... 


Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Mary Magdalene

22 July is the day of celebrating the life of Mary Magdalene...
... many years ago I began to realise she had become much maligned and misunderstood throughout the centuries, and this is reflected in paintings by well-known artists, who were presumably being true to the thinking of their times... ( eg Georges de la Tours & Titian )

But then I discovered an earlier painting : from the St Alban’s Psalter 1120 - 45, and what really interested me were the expressions of the disciples receiving Mary’s news that she had seen the Risen Christ... 

apologies.... this blog - post has flipped around / lost some pictures & writing....

hoping to re - write later today
St Alban’s Psalter : 1120 - 45 AD








Friday, 17 July 2020

Jurassic Cliffs, Dorset

Jurassic Cliffs : oil on canvas, c.Janet Driver

All my oil paintings are painted layer upon layer, gradually, over time, sometimes taking several weeks from the initial underpainting to the final strokes of colour...

but painting these cliffs seemed to make me even more at one with the vast centuries during which these cliffs have been slowly changed and eroded by rain, wind, waves, baking hot sun, ice & snow...

I decided to paint the rocky texture of these ancient cliffs using palette knives, so that I could drag one colour over another ...but what about the sea and sky ?
I had to experiment on practice oil-painting paper to try various techniques... then worked outwards from the cave into the waves, then up towards the horizon ... then I working on the clouds and down towards the sea...
it was very different from painting with a brush
and quite exhilarating...

Don’t forget... I am now changing from ‘a picture a day’ during lockdown
into a few paintings on a theme 
once a week or fortnight

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Thursday, 16 July 2020

Thursday

On the day we went into ‘lockdown’ in the UK 
way back in March
I promised to put something on this blog every day
...a picture or two
...a painting
...some of my own paintings & my stained & etched glass...

and now that we are beginning to come out again
I realise its been well over 100 days
...and each day there has been something to share...

but now I would like to move on... :)

I still have some of my paintings and glass to share with you...
but many are part of a theme rather than individual one-offs

so... this week I will continue every day until Friday

...then one day next week I will put up some of my Mary Magdalene paintings 

 then something else about a week later...

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Gustave Caillebotte: Regatta at Argenteuil
 
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Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Wednesday


On the day we went into ‘lockdown’ in the UK 
way back in March
I promised to put something on this blog every day
...a picture or two
...a painting
...some of my own paintings & my stained & etched glass...

and now that we are beginning to come out again
I realise its been well over 100 days
...and each day there has been something to share...

but now I would like to move on... :)

I still have some of my paintings and glass to share with you...
but many are part of a theme rather than individual one-offs

so... this week I will continue every day until Friday

...then one day next week I will put up some of my Mary Magdalene paintings 

 then something else about a week later...

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Becalmed, awaiting more wind : c Janet Driver

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Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Tuesday 14th July


On the day we went into ‘lockdown’ in the UK 
way back in March
I promised to put something on this blog every day
...a picture or two
...a painting
...some of my own paintings & my stained & etched glass...

and now that we are beginning to come out again
I realise its been well over 100 days
...and each day there has been something to share...

but now I would like to move on... :)

I still have some of my paintings and glass to share with you...
but many are part of a theme rather than individual one-offs

so it would be easier to take a little time...
...space these out ...
...take maybe a theme each week...
or fortnight

with a few blank days between 

as space to breathe


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Saturday, 11 July 2020

Sunday 12th July : The Sower : St Matthew 13 v 1-9

Van Gogh : Wheatfield with Cypresses

Van Gogh clearly enjoyed painting the colours of the wheat at harvest time...& even went so far as to paint both sower & harvest in one painting ! (see below & Friday)
Jesus’ parable ends with an amazing harvest...100fold return would be almost impossible even today with all our technological improvements... but a really bumper harvest is the story’s punchline.

The Reaper: Van Gogh (after Millet )


detail from The Sower, showing the wheat already golden for harvest behind the sower !

Saturday: The Sower

Van Gogh : the Sower (after Millet )


 I came across this painting of a sower  by Van Gogh, which shows much more clearly the traditional method of broadcasting the seed...  I have never seen a farmer doing this, and so at first I was puzzled by his slightly odd gait... but of course he is not just walking across the field, but with each step his arm will swing round to scatter the seeds, swinging his whole whole body around as well...

Eventually I managed to find this painting by Millet which must have been the one Van Gogh used as his reference... but painted in a very different style and range of colour & tone...


Millet : The Sower


maybe these paintings can help us imagine the sower in the parable Jesus told & which will be read tomorrow...  but then the ending of the story = the real punchline...& Van Gogh must have known that well... but more tomorrow...   :)

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Friday : The Sower

The Sower : Van Gogh

The Sower : Van Gogh  

which of these paintings do you prefer ?

one of them seems to be a cold early morning sunrise...

I have heard the other described as a sunset...

but I am surprised how one painting has wheat all ready for harvesting at the same time that the sower is only just sowing 

Thursday





I remember the excitement of watching gloworms as a child...
but have not seen any recently...
have I just missed seeing them,
or are they falling prey to insecticides like bees & butterflies ?

Monday, 6 July 2020

Tuesday


photo found on the internet: Penguin Watch led by Oxford University scientists

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Monday...continued from yesterday...

Michelangelo : Rondanini Pieta, detail

“you are God’s work of art...”  Ephesians 2 v 10

... an unfinished masterpiece...

do look back at yesterday’s blog 
& its meditative poem




Saturday, 4 July 2020

“you are Gods work of art...” Ephesians 2 v 10



Michelangelo : Slave


God’s work of art.
That’s me ?
Then Beauty must lie
In the eye of the
Beholder.

I feel more like
One of those statues
Michelangelo left
Half emerging
From the marble block;
Full of potential,
On the verge of life,
but prisoned still
By circumstance and
Fear.

Michelangelo : Slaves

yet part of me is free -
And you are still creating,
Bringing to life
The promise that is there.

Michelangelo : Slave

Sometimes by 
Hammer blows
Which jar my being,
Sometimes by
Tender strokes half felt
Which waken me to
Life.

Go on, Lord.
Love me into wholeness.
Set me free 
To share with you
In your creative joy;
To laugh with you
At your delight
In me,
Your work of art.

poem by Ann Lewin, ‘Revelation’  found in ‘Invitations’ by Francis Dewar p 98

Friday, 3 July 2020

Saturday






From the ‘sublime’ to the ‘ridiculous’ !


...even so, I enjoyed this stunted little plant which I nearly tripped over :)
how did it survive in this crack in the pavement ?

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Wednesday


Tuesday




I just happened to see an interesting article in the Guardian online about Swifts...

apparently they are loosing nesting places as newer houses and roofs make it difficult for them to find nesting places, and so special nesting boxes are being provided in some towns & villages in uk

Monday, 29 June 2020

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Saturday



:)

O what fun !

I came upon this by accident when searching for something quite different ... 
and smiled... the ingenuity of whoever made this :)