Just before we get into Lent

I spent a few days in Milan at the beginning of this month.  I could have spent a few months, not gone to any additional places and still not seen everything that was on offer.  Over on Facebook I have been boring people with album, after album, after album of photos from the trip, but…

You Think You Know A Bit About Icons and Then …

I have been learning about icons over on the Cathedral of the Isles under the gentle guidance of Tatiana and I will never look at an icon in the same way again. I was not learning about a particular icon, its symbolism and history, nor indeed about the symbolism and history behind all icons, but rather I have embarked…

Refiner’s Fire

The prophet Malachi speaks of God sending a Refiner’s Fire that will consume God’s people, encouraging out the potential within and turning them into precious gold.  Transforming the potential, as Paul was later to write, from glory to glory becoming more and more Christ like. The Holy Spirit came down upon those gathered on that…

Epiphany Tryptic

They followed that celestial light – that unnumbered caravan – until they reached the place where Light still stronger shone. There on bended knee, they laid. Gold for a babe not born a Prince, yet King of all. Revealed heaven, with earth and hay his humble throne. Frankincense. praise for an infant. Thanksgiving not only for a…

Emmanuel – God With Us

As I painted the series of icon-styled pictures for Advent I increasingly felt I wished to do one for Christmas also and so I have.  Despite Christmas being a different season this is a companion piece to the Advent ones. It is four times the size of the Advent ones being A3 as opposed to…

Advent 3 – A Loud Whisper

Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? Matthew 11:7 When reeds shake they whisper, but John the Baptist whom we remember today didn’t whisper, John spoke boldly calling all to be prepared. This, the 3rd Sunday…