Category Archives: Painting

A few thoughts about swimming in the sea

Light on SeaSummer this year seemed to go on a long time. But, about a month ago we felt it would be the last warm weekend so we (me, my daughter Lucy and my husband) packed the car and headed down to the coast. I love being near the sea but I especially love being in it. I love the light bouncing off the waves and the feeling of being supported in the water. The picture above is from that day and it was very calm but even on a day like this there is a slight sense of danger. There was a strong ebb tide which was pulling Lucy away from the coast. With a few strong strokes she came back in again but I am always aware of the possible dangers.

For me the sea is like a living parable. It is so deep, so full of life, so strong. Like God it is constantly changing, like Him it is always there. Of course the parable is not perfect. We should let the currents of God’s spirit take us where He wants us to go, not swim against them.

Flying fishI did this picture on holiday in the summer. I felt very free and light and this is the feeling of being in the waves with the sunlight sparkling through. It was done with hot wax sprayed on with a hair dryer. The wax goes everywhere and is pretty hard to control.

Many of the stories in the Gospels (and in Acts) are set in or around water. Even though the apostles were experienced boatmen they were not always in control either. Storms came up and the fish headed for the other side of the sea. A few years ago I swam across St Paul’s Bay in Malta (on a calm morning, not in a storm) and it felt really special to make that connection with the story in Acts.

The Jews had a good sense of the connection between the physical and spiritual that maybe we have lost. Not everyone can swim well but most of us can walk or run. Maybe we need to take God out of church sometimes and feel the wind on our faces.

Diary – 16th of May

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One of the things I have been doing recently is learning how to draw people. My first attempts were not very good but I think I have improved enough to share this with you. The process is very strange. At first it seems like nothing will work. You create a structure and it doesn’t look like anything. Then gradually it comes together. I’m hoping to do some pictures of family members and maybe myself.

Pilgrimage Diary – 30th March

Reigate HeathThe light was wonderful this afternoon so I headed out to Reigate Heath to do this little sketch. I liked the strange red colour the trees have before the leaves have properly come out and the yellow of the gorse bushes. Also the sky is a strange yellow/orange colour in the late afternoon.

After I’d done the sketch I just sat and let the peace of the afternoon sink in. It really felt like God was just there on the Heath enjoying it too.

This morning I was in church at a ‘family communion’. I have to say that it is the sort of service I usually avoid but I actually really enjoyed it. The lady next to me was struggling with a young boy so I just started chatting to her while the communion is going on, she was really nice. It was great meeting up with all sorts of people after the service.

Going back to work tomorrow for a day to train the new chap. That’s going to be strange.