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 of a Night Sky’
Regular visitors to my blog (to whom I am very grateful for the encouragement your visits give) will have noticed that some of the 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.
Other poems on this blog that specifically link faith and science can be found HERE