Anything that animates us creatively in a positive way — be it the grand design of a great architectural wonder or the Big Bang of a child’s drawing — is a re-enactment of the original creation story. Whether we realise it or not, making art is a religious encounter as it is our attempts to grow beyond ourselves that energise the soul of the universe.

Nick Cave, Red Hand Files Issue #131

I’m not a huge fan of Nick’s music (although there are one or two songs I love), but I really look forward to these letters. Often a welcome respite from the noisy, thoughtless messages that seem to surround us these days.

Art and faith Painting

Finding my creative direction

Image by Paul Murphy on Unsplash

Creativity’s been a big part of my life. I’ve written songs and sung in bands, expressed myself through personal blogs, written poetry, and, most recently, started drawing and painting. I’d even go so far as to say I feel called (in the Christian sense) to it.

But as I’ve gotten older (I’m 46), I’ve struggled to decide which form that should take. In particular, recently, whether I should continue with painting or return to poetry, which I spent three years on.


Learning a new language

Image by Denise Johnson on Unsplash

For a long time now, I’ve thought of myself as a words guy. I’ve written lyrics, blog posts, and poems, and worked as a writer and editor.

But over the last year or two, I’ve been increasingly drawn to paintings. And now I want to pick up a brush.