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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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Art and faith

McCahon’s The Fourteen Stations of the Cross

I visit this just about every time I go to the Auckland Art Gallery. It never ceases to amaze me how a series of white (or sepia) lines on a heavily abstracted landscape can capture Christ’s journey to the cross so well and be so moving. Like most great paintings, though, you have to spend time with it for it to take effect.

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When McCahon declared, ‘I will need words,’ in a 1961 letter to poet John Caselberg, he was saying he needed them for something. He wanted his paintings to speak: to cut through, to communicate, to be clear in a new way about human fears and hopes and about how to love authentically. And he saw that painted words were a way to approach spiritual realities and urgencies that resisted conventional picturing.

Justin Paton, McCahon Country
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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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Quotes

Signs and symbols to live by

Once the painter was making signs and symbols for people to live by: now he makes things to hang on walls at exhibitions.

Colin McCahon in McCahon Country by Justin Paton