The Gospel of John Ch7-9

I have probably said it before but Starlings have some amazing qualities. They are mimics and can be taught to talk. There is an old Welsh Myth in the Mabinogion where a starling was sent with a message after being taught to talk. It forms part of the story of Branwen the sister of Bran. But these birds also are rather lovely to look at with the metalic rainbow sheen of their feathers, and their habit flocking  before they roost forming great swirling patterns in the sky. Wonderful. It is a pity that most peoples knowledge of them extends no further than noisy, aggressive birds which visit our gardens and consume everything in sight. True, of course, but there is more to them than that.
Another garden favourite, the Great Tit. Hang up a feeder with the appropriate foodstuffs and there is a good chance these birds will turn up. With their yellow breast  broken by a black stripe, and white cheeks, they are quite striking birds.

This is another mixed media painting/drawing. I decided to us the prop of a carpenters plane because it seemed appropriate considering this scripture where Jesus has returned to his hometown in Galilee because the Jewish authorities were already planning to kill him.

all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”

John Wesley

This Painting was inspired by small part of a friends garden. But whether this bird, a Redstart, will ever turn up in a suburban garden in Essex, is debatable. Yet, miracles do happen.

“Fairy tales
are more than true
not because they tell us
dragons exist,
but because they tell us
dragons can be beaten.”

G.K. Chesterton
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All the art  in this Gallery was created with home made watercolour paint on 140lb Fabriano Artistico Paper. 22* x 15* (Does not use animal products in the sizing) I used Rosemary & Co Brushes. (Synthetic) The calligraphy was done by hand using a brush and acrylic ink.

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