Monday, 29 April 2013

Art critic & colour theorist



The Nighthawks (Edward Hopper 1942 Oil on canvas) painting is iconic in both America & abroad. It represents many things to many people. I gather the street & sandwich bar would display more activity during the daylight hours than in the evening. At night it’s still a place of shelter that provides food & drink. On this given night things look pretty quiet.

Many describe the mood of the painting as bleak…this could be a personal thing regarding relationships or even national as in 1941 & 1942  war would have been a hot topic.

The tonal composition of light & shade is strong as is the use of perspective. The red, brown, orange, yellow, green & blue give the colour use a sense of extended harmony.
 

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Peace man

It is ironic in a way that the gay movement should take for itself the rainbow proclaiming it as a symbol of peace. To be sure it was intended originally as a symbol or sign of peace for Noah & his family who had just witnessed a massive & terrible flood that had brought large scale destruction to the whole earth. The flood came because of humanities desire to do things their own way…God gives new instructions after the flood & places a sign in the sky as a reminder that a flood of that proportion won’t happen again.

In giving the rainbow as a reminder of the promise does not mean that humanity can now do as it pleases…Accountability before God remains, the need for holiness also, hence the formation of Israel through Abraham & then the Messiah. God is not dead nor is He finished.

There is only one place now where peace can be obtained in its fullness & that is through the mediated work of Jesus. The judgement, like the flood has & is being heralded, it is on its way. The chalk scribed Eternity that has vanished with the passing of time throughout the streets of Sydney points to an event that will surpass all others, nothing will equal it.

(Genesis 6 -9 & 2 Peter 3)
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Reflecting on God


The LORD is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27: 1

It’s not too hard to appreciate the difference between darkness & light. The cycle of night & day displays its effect on the blue & green planet daily in most places. Birds in song signal the beginning and end of each day steadfastly.

The Psalmist shares his situation… although He knows God, his life is not free from trouble, difficulty & failings. Such is life for the Christian, like the rest of humanity there is struggle but it doesn’t stop there. God is present with a rod & staff not a magical wand. He is not out to impress & woo the crowds seeking applause. His gift holds much more power & purpose than a measure of entertainment.

Spiritually this world is influenced by darkness & light also. The conviction & confidence of faith reveals knowledge of God & how He works. God is light & in Him there is no darkness, Trusting in God is where it’s at, the shadows of darkness may be near, but so is God.

Wait for the LORD, be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:14
 
 

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Transformation



Genesis unlocks the historical past to the planets & stars, God made it & it was good. If God means God, days mean days & six means six then it’s understandable enough for a child to appreciate. To teach of a Creator & the creation is to repeat the harmonious relationship between the Old & New Testament.

“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.” Mark 10: 6

What cannot be repeated under the strict rules of scientific limitation has been recorded for our benefit. The Bible opens a doorway of time recording the natural world & its super natural maker. Earth, like everything else exists because of God.

Scripture doesn’t tell us everything, but it reveals enough that we may know who God is & how he may be reached. ..In Jesus we see God’s values in human flesh, in the resurrection we see God’s power & wisdom revealed. In the disciples & followers we see the formation of the New Testament church through the power of the spirit over the ages of time. A people guided by faith hope & love.
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Post 50 (a milestone)


 
 
 
Today is such a beautiful Autumn day, weather wise.
Its an hour or so before I prepare for my trip to work.
It's an outdoors kinda morning for me. 
 
 
Creation also expresses the meekness & the magestic.


 

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Homeland security

 
 
 

Our culture is definitely changing, technology & happenings around the globe are affecting us all. The stoic spirit may see no need of God's friendship & kindness, falsely interpreting it as weakness & many look for the blessing of comfort & assurance in various places...
 
Like cultures gone by, people experienced their difficulties & hardships, in some ways more so than in modern life and living. Whatever the time or place, Scripture reminds us to live by faith. If you appreciate the older hymns & the piano, seek out this song/tune
 
 
 
 
 Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Remedy



Retaliation, revenge & payback seem to be an ongoing event that creates havoc & destruction. Often out of the blue when least expected the element of surprise shatters lives & property shaking our perceived stability & peace.
 
The closer to home the more shocking it is, reality bites transmitted through the airwaves make their way to our eyes & ears enabling a sense of what has happened. To many it makes no sense, yet it has been going on in the human world since the time of Cain & Abel recorded in Genesis.

Families, friendships & communities on national & international levels experience the bitter root of hatred gone ballistic. The respect of human life as sacred is not honoured by all. Unjust justice is no cause for satisfaction or celebration. In Romans 12-13 the Apostle Paul gives words of encouragement to the people bonded with Christ that live in a world of conflict “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
 
 

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Activity


 
 

Mystery fragment reveals record of seismic activity… Although cardboard instead of the usual parchment, papyrus or bronze it can be demonstrated that lead plays an important role in the scribe like markings…pencil lead to be exact.
 


 
We all like pencils leave a mark. The message of Scripture is that along with the gift of salvation in Christ by Grace, our words & deeds here on earth are being monitored. It is the judge of history that will decide who is on the right & wrong side. Just as Jesus was found willing to leave it up to God, Christ’s redeemed wait patiently for the final analysis as they labour & rest.
 
 
 
 
 
Scriptures wisdom teaches us that as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (Proverbs 27:17). With constant use we like pencils can become blunt. The life giving Spirit of God enables the sharpness required to reveal our mark amidst humanity. The disciples witnessed this first hand & their testimony lives on. The church today also testifies to the life giving, life changing power of God.
 
 

Friday, 12 April 2013

Morning by morning

 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
The night has gone, the morning has come
Our sleepiness & rest gives way to the activity of the day
 
Creations order repeats the wonderful story
Rise, shine & give God the glory.










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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

It's not always rude to point.


So I have a brain that functions reasonably well, an education, some arms, eyes & legs. A job, a family, friends & transport…What so important about prayer? Nothing of course if there is no connection between God & humanity. Typically in a secular world prayer seems ridiculous, strange & an object of scorn by many.

Even within the Theocratic Nation of the Israel of old, anointed kings & prophets (1 Kings13) by passed seeking the Lords will & blessing in favour of an “it seemed like good idea at the time…however.”

In Gods book & Gods world prayer is an integral part of the many blessings he has given. It was God after all that initiated conversation with Adam & Eve, Abraham also. Sure it’s not like we can get a physical receipt of words received & an estimated time of reply… but do we really need that when considering the wonderful promises of the Word in relation to God’s character & goodness. Trust is not a thing to place on a wall, shelf or desk to admire, it requires practise & effort.

Heart felt & Scripture driven prayer should be part of our daily living. Apart from Jesus we have Daniel (Dan) & Hannah (1 Samuel 1) as unique examples of prayer to the God who hears. Jehovah Jireh will provide what is best with love & wisdom. Whatever our situation, the blessing of prayer should not be wasted, in our salvation & daily living, in joy, sorrow & struggle.
 
 

Friday, 5 April 2013

Day by day


By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me… a prayer to the God of my life. Psalm 42:8

A prayer to the God of my life…The Christians walk with God, whether we are up or down requires prayer (Luke 11:1-13). In all things we present our case to God. A source of humour & sarcasm to some, but precious conversation for the family of faith to the God who hears.  Of course we don’t always get what we ask for, nor does a parent give in to every request of a dearly loved child, having our best interest at heart is on God’s daily agenda. God our rock is dependable, past, present & future.

God is not asking us to switch off our brain or intellect…He gave it that we may use it,& it’s not as if we need to inform God of what is going on in our life, he knows that already of all things otherwise He would not be God. What we have is a relationship that surpasses knowledge & language as we know it. A language of our heart & spirit that is transformed & transmitted to the heart & mind of God. Praise & dependence expressed between the Creator & the created, the Redeemer & the redeemed.
 
A prayer to the God of my life… He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ Father,  hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.  And lead us not into temptation ” Lk 11:2-4
 
 
 
 

Monday, 1 April 2013

Auto focus: a study in green mostly.


I have had other things on my mind lately & a bout of the gearbox blues (electronic overdrive issues) regarding my work van, so I am trying to clear my head of some things…

Along with prayer & research I decided to go for a walk yesterday on dusk just before tea time up to a small quarry with my camera in hand.  Frogs are a favoured subject of mine & Google are celebrating Maria Sibylla Merians 366th birthday today with an artistic tribute.

So it’s something a little different from me today…Nowhere near the standard of Albrecht Durer, Bruno Andreas Liljefors or Robert Bateman but appreciative of natural wonder & all things bright & beautiful in any case…some butterflies from my art archive & images from yesterday.