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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 deep faith-moments trying to share imagery from our rich Chrisian heritage. Often in the process there is a deep awareness of the presence of God. This can be just as true for 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 Yellow Christ
The Yellow Christ
2002 Oil on canvas. 600X450mm. Property of The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. A powerful time trying to express something of both the cross and resurrection
The Big Disc
The Big Disc
1986. Acrylic on board. 1,830mm diameter. Property of St Stephen's Church, Netherthorpe, Sheffield. This took about a year working in odd moments in the unheated vicarage garage. The aim: a focus for prayer in th Prayer Sanctuary.
Rouault Head of Christ
Rouault Head of Christ
A 2020 copy of Georges Rouault's famous painting in the Cleveland Gallery, USA. Oil on board, 880X590mm - approx size of the original. A powerful experience discovering something of Rouault's art and faith world.
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.
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." It's not a 'nice' picture at all but what a reminder of one of the first people who turned to Christ and what he received!
Covid Transition
Covid Transition
Exploring a theme about 'transition'. In this case the Covid 19 pandemic with related themes of the transition from darkness to light. Oil on board; 400mm diameter. 2020.
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.
Candle-lit service
Candle-lit service
Clergy Conference 1998 for the Derby Diocese. An evening candle-lit service; pencil on the spot with watercolour later 125X105mm.
In Prayer
In Prayer
Time for a prayer during the clergy Institution, 1994; pen & crayon 140X110
Clergy in a Meeting
Clergy in a Meeting
Derby Diocesan Clergy Conference - study of faces. 1992. Pen & ink, 110X90
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.
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
The Speaker
The Speaker
Hull Deanery Synod 2009. Pen and watercolour, 100X200
Clergy Stall
Clergy Stall
Clergy in their pews, Lichfield Cathedral, 1994; pen & crayon 100X140
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