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Churches - faith and fun!

There are light-hearted moments with clergy - especially with a lot together! They can look very funny. There are also much more serious faith-moments when we are aware of an unseen presence guiding and leading. Some would put this down to the Holy Spirit. This is just as true for inspiration behind landscapes and portraits as for more obvious church-themed pictures. These sketches and paintings  are reflections of both the fun and the serious - two happy aspects of the Christian Church in our time!

The Speaker
The Speaker
Hull Deanery Synod 2009. Pen and watercolour, 100X200
The Yellow Christ
The Yellow Christ
2002 Oil on canvas. 600X450mm. Property of The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire.
Clergy in a Meeting
Clergy in a Meeting
Derby Diocesan Clergy Conference - study of faces. 1992. Pen & ink, 110X90
The Big Disc
The Big Disc
1986. Acrylic on board. 1,830mm diameter. Property of St Stephen's Church, Netherthorpe, Sheffield
Vandalised Christ
Vandalised Christ
2008. Made from vandalised leaded lights from one of the parish churches. Figure: 1,500mm. Property of St Columba Church, Laburnum Ave. Kingston Upon Hull.
Rouault Head of Christ
Rouault Head of Christ
A copy of Georges Rouault's famous painting; oil on board, 880X590mm - about the same size as the original. 2020. A powerful experience entering into Rouault's faith-world.
A Synod Profile
A Synod Profile
Derby Diocesan Synod 1994, Pen & ink, 110X80. Profile of a synod member deep in concentration at one of the meetings.
Crucifixion
Crucifixion
Jesus and the penitent thief. Oil on canvas, 300X450. 2020. The amazing moment when Jesus says to him: "This day you will be with me in Paradise."
Covid Transition
Covid Transition
Exploring a theme about 'transition'. In this case from Covid 19 to health with related themes of darkness to light. oil on board; 400mm diameter. 2020
Worry Not!
Worry Not!
One of a series of monthly Bible Sketchbook pages I had the privilege to do over several years. They were for church magazines using the website: www.parishpump.com
Joy's Priesting
Joy's Priesting
Lichfield Cathedral is the venue for Joy's priesting, 1994 under the magnificent rose window; Pen & crayon, 260X180. 1994 was the first year women could be ordained into the Anglican Church - so Joy was one of the first.
Clergy Stall
Clergy Stall
Clergy in their pews, Lichfield Cathedral, 1994; pen & crayon 100X140
In Prayer
In Prayer
Time for a prayer during the clergy Institution, 1994; pen & crayon 140X110
Candle-lit service
Candle-lit service
Clergy Conference 1998 with an evening candle-lit service; pencil & watercolour 125X105
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