I painted 4 scenes over the time I served as chaplain on Bardsey Island last week.
They are all about the place of where it was painted. A wet grey morning or a bright blue afternoon- on my knees, bowed low and uncomfortable looking through the grass.
They’re painted from a place of worship and adoration. I wanted to see at a lower place, to see how the landscape looked and see the detail between me and the horizon. I was keen to decrease and somehow become smaller in the presence of the One who is vast and magnificently beautiful.
I found lots of grasses, some are represented in these paintings.
On refection I considered the way Jesus taught his first friends not to worry. He said:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Here is the series of paintings. The first one has been sold, but the other 3 are available for £130 each plus postage and package. They measure approx 61cm by 61cm.
Please do let me know if you would like to purchase one of these paintings or a limited edition print 20cm by 20cm for £45.