Friday, April 6, 2007


I did this painting on Good Friday 1956, when I was 18 years old. I belonged to a youth group at Christ Church in Bridlington, UK. The vicar asked the young people to do something meaningful on Good Friday and not just fritter it away, since it is such an important day in our Christian experience.

This was the first time in my life that I discovered I could draw and paint! This is, of course, a copy of Salvador Dali's
Christ of St. John of the Cross, and I copied it by hand. I'm not saying that it is brilliant, but I am saying that the gift I discovered that day has brought me much joy over the past 51 years. I don't consider myself a real artist because I have to have something to copy from. If you asked me to draw a cat, I couldn't do it from memory. But I can copy, and that gives me satisfaction.
It is a wonderful gift from the One who gave the greatest gift!


Anonymous said...

Amen! Thank you for sharing this.. speaking of sharing gifts - our church is having a 'display of talents' for 2 weeks - whatever gift God has given you to share can be displayed so others can share it - I like the idea.

ChrisJ said...

I think that's a great idea. People have so many talents that no-one elseknows about.

kaybee said...

Well, I've know about your artistic talents for some time, but I've never seen this work of art - it is very well done! And such a meaningful piece for your very first one! It's a pretty awesome thought that God has imparted to us even just a small measure of His own creativity - something to be truly valued.