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Quotes

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.

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Quotes

McCahon’s subject

See, none of this happens without a revelation, it’s not to do with see but with think… It’s really I see a landscape—or I see & then I see my subject which is God & always has been & will be.

McCahon in a letter to Ron O’Reilly quoted in McCahon Country by Justin Paton

Fantastic book, this. Just finished it. Highly recommended.

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Painting

One year of painting (and blogging here)!

The Red Vineyard by Vincent van Gogh

I’m a little bit late posting this, because I started this blog on 22 April last year, but I’m happy to say I’ve been painting, and blogging here, for a year.

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Art and faith

Helping others imagine

God gives us imagination in order that we may help others imagine. Or put another way, he blesses us in order that we may bless.

—Jon Bowles, Art & Faith

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Painting

Learning a new language

Watercolours
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.