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Sunday, 26 April 2015

I Dream of a Night Sky. And Cosmic Icons.


Cosmic Icon No 9 ‘Starburst’ (Acrylic)


I dream of a night sky of deep burnished gold,
a realm of the all mighty Lord;
the one who invites us to ponder eternity,
whilst scientists probe the depths of His Word
and the Wisdom that hovered before matter formed.

That sky is a gallery of wonderful art,
of spheres and ellipses and vast gaseous clouds
which shape and re-shape over aeons, so long,
that my mind and my brain must be stretched to allow
me to worship the Lord, whose dazzling terrain
encompasses numberless cosmic domains.



About ‘I dream: Night Sky’
Regular visitors to my blog (to whom I am very grateful for the encouragement your visits give) will have noticed that my recent artwork has tended to have one particular feature: a gold background (As above).

This is intended to be representative of the Kingship of Christ over the whole cosmos, here on earth, throughout deep space and in God’s own eternal realm, Heaven. Finding a way of expressing this has been quite a roundabout journey for me, which has crystallized in the last year or so.

My earlier ‘Cosmic Abstracts’ demonstrated this Lordship by placing a cross firmly in the middle of the paintings, pastels or embroideries. For quite a while that felt a good way to express what I hoped would feel inviting to others: but I soon recognized that, whilst it would be an invitation to some, to others it would be an immediate turn-off. So, for a while, I simply took the cross out of my ‘icons’. But that was unsatisfactory too.

When, during 2013/4, my wife, Pam, began to be interested in the possibility of painting/writing a traditional form icon, the idea came to me that by painting or drawing imaginary space subjects on to a gold field, the symbolism would be clear to those who ‘have eyes to see’, but not so explicit that the work couldn’t be enjoyed by others who might simply be attracted to abstract art, which happens to be on a field of gold.

I have delighted with this concept, which particularly lends itself to acrylic painting and computer generated images (CGI): so I am now progressing further with it.

To celebrate the pleasure of uncovering this ‘resolution’, I have penned the short poem above.

It is my hope that other artists, more proficient than me, might choose to express God’s overarching love for ‘all things visible and invisible’ (to quote the ancient Nicene Creed) in a similar way, thus implicitly making any such abstracts invitations to contemplate the eternal.

Other poems on this blog that specifically link faith and science can be found HERE

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'