FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE PART 161 A look at the BEATLES Breaking down the song ALL WE NEED IS LOVE Part B (Featured artist is Francis Hoyland )

Francis Schaeffer noted, “This record,  Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, became the rallying cry for young people throughout the world. It expressed the essence of their lives, thoughts and their feelings.”  Not only did the Beatles do that with the album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band but they also tapped into the anti-war mood of the country with this song ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE just a few weeks after releasing the SGT PEP album.

How Should We then Live Episode 7 

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The next day, June 24th, 1967 (the day before The Big Event), EMI Studios decided to forego their usual ‘closed door’ policy and allow more than 100 journalists in to see the Beatles

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April 19, 2016

Paul McCartney

Dear Paul,

I wonder what you will play at the April 30, 2016 concert in Little Rock that I will be attending and we may get to hear the song ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. It is for  sure in my top 10 favorites list for the Beatles. The chorus is very simple indeed:

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love
All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need
It’s easy

In the 1991 interview with Bob Costas at the 21 min mark is the following exchange:

Bob Costas: “But what do you think is the lasting meaning of The Beatles, if there’s a meaning to be taken from this?”

Paul McCartney: ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. After the 1960’s that kind  of looked upon as a bit kind of stupid. HEY ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE DUDE!!! We need more. We need weapons and defense or whatever, which is also true, but it keeps rolling back to this idea that what these people on this planet need is love.

I always say to people that we could have had a really satanic message and with the power we had we could have made a difference the other way.  But we always chose not to do that and nobody was remotely interested in that. We had this idea that ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. I still believe it.

Bob Costas: You wrote “In the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

Paul McCartney: I still think that is true. I think he idea gets knocked so often because it is a violent world and you do need other things, but I still think that is the message [ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE].

You really made a good point when you said that we live in a violent world. I would side with the Bible and call it a FALLEN WORLD because sin entered in when man fell in the Garden of Eden. What is the remedy? It is the good news of the gospel and the fact that Christ came to this world 2000 years ago and lived a perfect life and then died on the cross not for his sins but for ours.

(Aaron Williams worship leader at Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock)

At the October 25, 2015 service at Fellowship Bible Church the song NEVER ENDING LOVE by Aaron Williams was played and it included these words “In your never ending love, You rescue me, You sought me out, You set me free.” The Gospel of John 15:14 says, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” That is exactly what Christ did for us. He died for us as a substitute!!!

Never Ending Love (feat. Aaron Williams)

Published on May 4, 2015

Aaron Williams leading “Never Ending Love” from the debut album “Invitation :: Volume One” by 10,000 Fathers.

Worldwide release May 5th 2015: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/inv…

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This next article is excerpt from Kimberly Wagner’s book  Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior

True Love Originates at the Cross

True Love Originates at the Cross

The word gospel means “good news” and this is the good news—Jesus Christ came to suffer the penalty for our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, so that we could enter into relationship with Holy God!

He extends this offer of friendship to you:

These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends….
You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends . . . (John 15:14–15).

Let that soak in. Amazing love. 

This beautiful invitation to friendship is straight from Jesus’ mouth as He spoke with His disciples shortly before his death. While preparing them for His departure, one of the topics He covered was—friendship! He loves us. He laid down His life for us. He desires a personal relationship with us and He invites you to be His friend.

Entering into this love relationship involves admitting your sinful condition and your inability to approach a holy God on your own. As you express your need for His forgiveness and turn from your sin, confessing your need for Him, He will cleanse you, His Spirit will fill you and your new life in Christ can begin (Romans 3:21–24; 5:6–15; 1 Corinthians 6:19–20; 1 John 1:9).

Only then can you have the needed foundation to experience and share love.

Only with Christ as the object of your love can you receive and give love to others.

Love’s deepest mystery is the passion of Christ as He pursues His bride with white-hot devotion. He wants to capture your heart. As the Bridegroom, He’s orchestrated a divine rescue. The love demonstrated at the cross held no selfish gain. He desires to woo you and win your heart. He extends an extravagant offer of love. By laying down His life, He offers you deliverance from the domain of darkness.

Because of Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, because grace flows when we humble ourselves and cry out to Him for help—we can give and receive love the way we were created to experience. You, who are restless and weary of heart, find your heart’s rest here. Christ offers true love to you. You may never have known or even imagined a love of this proportion.

We, who are helpless, can find our need fully met in this Man. 

You may be longing for love, wandering through a wilderness of pain and isolation, I assure you—no love relationship can compare to the one He offers. The pursuit of love must begin here.

Our first experience of true love originates at the cross. Have you experienced that?

Excerpt from Fierce Women: The Power of a Soft Warrior © 2012• Kimberly Wagner • Moody Publishers

Let me share an Old Testament prophecy that indicates the Bible is true concerning Christ being executed on a cross. Some 400 years before crucifixion was invented, both Israel’s King David and the prophet Zechariah described the Messiah’s death in words that perfectly depict that mode of execution. Further, they said that the body would be pierced and that none of the bones would be broken, contrary to customary procedure in cases of crucifixion (Psalm 22 and 34:20; Zechariah 12:10). Again, historians and New Testament writers confirm the fulfillment: Jesus of Nazareth died on a Roman cross, and his extraordinarily quick death eliminated the need for the usual breaking of bones. A spear was thrust into his side to verify that he was, indeed, dead.

Psalm 22 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

For the choir director; upon [a]Aijeleth Hashshahar. A Psalm of David (Solomon’s father)

22 My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?
[b]Far from my deliverance are the words of my [c]groaning.
O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer;
And by night, but [d]I have no rest.
But I am a worm and not a man,

A reproach of men and despised by the people.
7 All who see me [g]sneer at me;
They [h]separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying,
[i]Commit yourself to the Lord; let Him deliver him;
Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”

12 Many bulls have surrounded me;
Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled me.
13 They open wide their mouth at me,
As a ravening and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water,
And all my bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax;
It is melted within [l]me.
15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,
And my tongue cleaves to my jaws;
And You lay me [m]in the dust of death.
16 For dogs have surrounded me;
[n]A band of evildoers has encompassed me;
[o]They pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I can count all my bones.
They look, they stare at me;
18 They divide my garments among them,
And for my clothing they cast lots.

Thanks for your time.

Sincerely,

Everette Hatcher, everettehatcher@gmail.com, http://www.thedailyhatch.org, cell ph 501-920-5733, Box 23416, LittleRock, AR 72221

(Love, love, love)
(Love, love, love)
(Love, love, love)

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easy

There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made
No one you can save that can’t be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn to be you in time
It’s easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

(Love, love, love)
(Love, love, love)
(Love, love, love)

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown
There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be
It’s easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

All you need is love, all together now
All you need is love, everybody
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

Love is all you need
Love is all you need
Love is all you need

Songwriters
LENNON, JOHN / MCCARTNEY, PAUL

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“All You Need Is Love” is a song written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was first performed by The Beatles on Our World, the first live global television link. Watched by 400 million in 26 countries, the program was broadcast via satellite on 25 June 1967. The BBC had commissioned The Beatles to write a song for the United Kingdom’s contribution.

For the broadcast, The Beatles were (except for Starr) seated on stools, accompanied by a small studio orchestra. They were surrounded by friends and acquaintances seated on the floor, many of whom were among the leading stars of the British pop scene, who sang with the refrain during the fade-out. The performance was not completely live: The Beatles, the orchestra, and guests were overdubbing onto a pre-recorded rhythm track mainly consisting of piano, harpsichord, drums, and backing vocals. The full Our World segment opens with the band and company listening to the raw backing track, as commentator Steve Race explained the process in voiceover. The live overdubs seem to include not only lead vocals, orchestra, and the improvised call-and-response, but also bass guitar, Harrison’s guitar solo, and a second drum track — which seems to go out of time with the original track during the first few bars. At the beginning of the song, under “La Marseillaise,” a tambourine is shaken, but this was mixed out and replaced with a drum roll before the single was released. Lennon, affecting indifference, was said to be nervous about the broadcast, given the potential size of the international TV audience. Dissatisfied with his singing, he re-recorded the solo verses for use on the single. Starr also overdubbed drums before the single was released, fixing the aforementioned timing problems and adding the drum roll.
The programme was broadcast in ‘black-and-white’ (colour television had yet to commence broadcasting in Britain and most of the world). The Beatles’ footage was colourised, based on photographs of the event, for The Beatles Anthology documentary

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Question: “What is the love of Christ?”

Answer: The phrase “love of Christ,” as opposed to “love for Christ,” refers to the love that He has toward mankind. His love can be briefly stated as His willingness to act in our best interest, especially in meeting our greatest need, even though it cost Him everything and even though we were the least worthy of such love.

Though Christ Jesus, being God in nature, existed from the beginning of time with God the Father (John 1:1) and the Holy Spirit, He willingly left His throne (John 1:1-14) to become a man, that He might pay the penalty for our sin so that we would not have to pay for it for all eternity in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). Because mankind’s sin has been paid for by our sinless Savior Jesus Christ, God who is just and holy can now forgive our sins when we accept Christ Jesus’ payment as our own (Romans 3:21-26). Thus, Christ’s love is shown in His leaving His home in heaven, where He was worshipped and honored as He deserved, to come to earth as a man where He would be mocked, betrayed, beaten, and crucified on a cross to pay the penalty for our sin, rising again from the dead on the third day. He considered our need of a Savior from our sin and its penalty as more important than His own comfort and life (Philippians 2:3-8).

Sometimes people may give their lives willingly for ones they deem as worthy—a friend, a relative, other “good” people—but Christ’s love goes beyond that. Christ’s love extends to those most unworthy of it. He willingly took the punishment of those who tortured Him, hated Him, rebelled against Him, and cared nothing about Him, those who were most undeserving of His love (Romans 5:6-8). He gave the most He could give for those who deserved it the least! Sacrifice, then, is the essence of godly love, called agape love. This is God-like love, not man-like love (Matthew 5:43-48).

This love which He demonstrated toward us on the cross is just the beginning. When we place our trust in Him as our Savior, He makes us God’s children, co-heirs with Him! He comes to dwell within us through His Holy Spirit, promising that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5-6). Thus, we have a loving companion for life. And no matter what we go through, He is there, and His love is ever available to us (Romans 8:35). But as He rightfully reigns as a benevolent King in heaven, we need to give Him the position He deserves in our lives as well, that of Master and not merely companion. It is only then that we will experience life as He intended and live in the fullness of His love (John 10:10b).

Recommended Resources: The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D.A. Carson and Logos Bible Software.

All You Need Is Love

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the Beatles song. For other uses, see All You Need Is Love (disambiguation).
“All You Need Is Love”

US picture sleeve
Single by The Beatles
B-side Baby, You’re a Rich Man
Released 7 July 1967
Format 7″
Recorded 14 and 19–26 June 1967,
Olympic and EMI studios, London
Genre
Length 3:57
Label
Writer(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin
Certification Gold (RIAA)[2]
The Beatles singles chronology
Strawberry Fields Forever” / “Penny Lane
(1967)
All You Need Is Love
(1967)
Hello, Goodbye
(1967)
Magical Mystery Tour track listing
Alternative cover

1987 20th anniversary re-release

All You Need Is Love” is a song written by John Lennon[3] and credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was first performed by the Beatles on Our World, the first live global television link. Watched by over 400 million in 25 countries, the programme was broadcast via satellite on 25 June 1967.[4] The BBC had commissioned the Beatles to write a song for the United Kingdom’s contribution.

Composition[edit]

The Beatles were asked to come up with a song with a message understood by everyone. “It was an inspired song and they really wanted to give the world a message,” said Brian Epstein. “The nice thing about it is that it cannot be misinterpreted. It is a clear message saying that love is everything.”[5] According to journalist Jade Wright, “Lennon was fascinated by the power of slogans to unite people and never afraid to create art out of propaganda. When asked in 1971 whether songs like “Give Peace a Chance” and “Power to the People” were propaganda songs, he answered: ‘Sure. So was All You Need Is Love. I’m a revolutionary artist. My art is dedicated to change.'”[5]

The day before the Our World broadcast, the Beatles decided that the song should be their next single.[citation needed] Released in the UK on 7 July 1967, it went straight to number one and remained there for three weeks.[citation needed] It was similarly successful in the United States after its release on 17 July, reaching number one for a week.[6] It was also included on the American LP version of Magical Mystery Tour in November [7] as well as in the film, and on the LP Yellow Submarine, released in 1969. This song is also featured in the Cirque du Soleil‘s show Love, based on the songs of The Beatles, which has been performing in Las Vegas since 2006.

The interviews on The Beatles Anthology documentary series reveal that Paul McCartney and George Harrison were unsure whether the song was written for Our World. However,George Martin and Ringo Starr assert it was. When asked, McCartney replied:

“I don’t think it was written specially for it. But it was one of the songs we had. … It was certainly tailored to it once we had it. But I’ve got a feeling it was just one of John’s songs that was coming there. We went down to Olympic Studios in Barnes and recorded it and then it became the song they said, ‘Ah. This is the one we should use.’ I don’t actually think it was written for it.”[8]

Musical structure[edit]

The song starts with the intro to the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise“, and contains elements from Glenn Miller‘s 1939 hit “In the Mood“, as well as elements from Wayne Shanklin‘s 1958 hit “Chanson D’Amour“. The song is notable for its asymmetric time signature and complex changes. The main verse pattern contains a total of 29 beats, split into two 7/4 measures, a single bar of 8/4, followed by a one bar return of 7/4 before repeating the pattern. The chorus, however, maintains a steady 4/4 beat with the exception of the last bar of 6/4 (on the lyric ‘love is all you need’). The prominent cello line draws attention to this departure from pop-single normality, although it was not the first time that the Beatles had experimented with varied meter within a single song: “We Can Work It Out” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” are other examples. The song is in the key of G and the verse opens (on “There’s nothing you can do”) with a G chord and D melody note, the chords shifting in a I-V/7-vi chord progression while the bass simultaneously follows the tonic(G) to the relative minor (Em), but via an F♯. Indeed, throughout this song McCartney’s bass implies many additional chords over those played by the other instruments.[9]

After the verse “learn how to play the game, it’s easy”, the bass alters the prolonged V (D) chord with F#, E, C and B note modulations.[10] The song is notable for a dramatic use of a dominant or V chord (here D) on “It’s easy.”[11] The “Love, love, love” chant involves chords in a I-V7-vi shift (G-D-Em) and simultaneous descending B, A, G notes with the concluding G note corresponding not to the tonic G chord, but acting as a 3rd of the Em chord; this also introducing the E note of the Em chord as a 6th of the tonic G scale. Supporting the same melody note with different and unexpected chords has been termed a characteristic Beatles technique.[12]

Producer George Martin recalled that “the boys … wanted to freak out at the end, and just go mad”.[13] So during the long fade-out, elements of various other songs can be heard, including “Greensleeves“, Invention No. 8 in F major (BWV 779) by J.S. Bach, “In the Mood“, and the Beatles’ own 1963 hit “She Loves You“,[14] the latter of which Paul sings.

Live broadcast[edit]

For the broadcast, the Beatles were (except for Starr) seated on stools, accompanied by a small studio orchestra. They were surrounded by friends and acquaintances seated on the floor, many of whom were among the leading stars of the British pop scene, who sang with the refrain during the fade-out.

The performance was not completely live: the Beatles, the orchestra, and guests were overdubbing onto a prerecorded rhythm track mainly consisting of piano, harpsichord, drums, and backing vocals. The full Our Worldsegment opens with the band and company listening to the raw backing track, as commentator Steve Race explained the process in voiceover.[citation needed]

Lennon, affecting indifference, was said to be nervous about the broadcast, given the potential size of the international TV audience. Dissatisfied with his singing, he rerecorded the solo verses for use on the single.[15][16] Starr also overdubbed drums before the single was released,[16] fixing the aforementioned timing problems and adding the drum roll.

The programme was broadcast in black-and-white (colour television had yet to commence broadcasting in Britain and most of the world). The Beatles’ footage was colourised, based on photographs of the event, for The Beatles Anthology documentary.[17]

U.S. chart run[edit]

Billboard Hot 100[18] (11 weeks): Reached #1 (1 week), becoming the band’s 14th #1 there.

Cashbox[19] (9 weeks): 27, 3, 1, 1, 2, 2, 5, 9, 24

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per Ian MacDonald and The Beatles Bible.[21][22]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[23] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[24] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[25] 4
Canadian RPM Top Singles[26] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[27] 1
Irish Singles Chart[28] 1
Italy (FIMI)[29] 10
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[30] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[31] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[32] 1
UK (Official Charts Company)[33] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[34] 1
U.S. Cashbox[19] 1
Chart (1987) (Reissue) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart[28] 19
UK (Official Charts Company)[33] 47

Cover versions[edit]

Group or artist’s name Release date Album title Additional information
The 5th Dimension 1971–10 The 5th Dimension/Live![35]
New Musik 1982 Warp
Echo & the Bunnymen 1984 Seven Seas“Life at Brian’s – Lean and Hungry” This version is included on the 1988 release New Live and Rare.[36] This version is also included on Crystal Days: 1979-1999; they also released a live cover as a bonus track on the 2003 re-release of their 1984 album Ocean Rain.
Bajaga i Instruktori 1986 7″ single[37]
Eddie Chacon 1987 12″ single[38] Columbia 4406930
Tears for Fears 1990 Going to California (Live DVD) Orzabal changed some of the lyrics and incorporated the phrase “Raoul and the Kings of Spain” which would go on to be the title of afuture album.
Anything Box 1991–05 Worth[39]
Tom Jones 1993–01 single[40]
Ferrante & Teicher 1993-01-29 The Greatest Love Songs of All[41]
The Undead 1998–07 Till Death[42]
Lynden David Hall 2003-11-11 Love Actually[43]
Nada Surf 2006 Featured in a Chase Credit Card commercial
Dana Fuchs & Jim Sturgess 2007 Across the Universe
Beatallica 2008 single Parodied as “All You Need is Blood
Noel Gallagher 2009 The Dreams We Have as Children (Live for Teenage Cancer Trust)
Bandaged 2009 single (BBC Children in Need) Taken from the Bandaged Together album and featuring rock, pop and classical artists[44]
One Direction 2010 Performed live on The X Factor during the show’s elimination rounds.
Japan United with Music 2012-03-07 single Charity single for recovery from the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Takeshi Kobayashi, and featuring many artists such as Yellow Magic Orchestra, Crystal Kay, Tomoyasu Hotei, Kazutoshi Sakurai, Sugizo and Bonnie Pink.[45]
The Flaming Lips (feat. Alex and Jade ofEdward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) 2013-04-01 The Terror Taken from the UK Bella Union exclusive 3″ mini CD
Glee cast 2013 Glee Sings the Beatles Also performed on Season Five Premiere, “Love Love Love

Also notable is the use of the song in a February 1, 2015 Super Bowl commercial for Ecuadorian tourism.[46] The song is sung over images of Ecuador and the commercial ends by saying “All you need is Ecuador, Ecuador is all you need” instead.

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   Featured artist today is Francis Hoyland

Contemporary Christian Art – The Rt Revd Lord Harries of Pentregarth

 

Published on Apr 10, 2012

Contrary to much opinion, the current scene of faith-related art is very much alive. There are new commissions for churches and cathedrals, a number of artists pursue their work on the basis of a deeply convinced faith, and other artists often resonate with traditional Christian themes, albeit in a highly untraditional way. The challenge for the artist, stated in the introduction to the course of lectures above, is still very much there: how to retain artistic integrity whilst doing justice to received themes.

This lecture is part of Lord Harries’ series on ‘Christian Faith and Modern Art’. The last century has seen changes in artistic style that have been both rapid and radical. This has presented a particular problem to artists who have wished to express Christian themes.

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website:
http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and…

Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website.
http://www.gresham.ac.uk

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Francis Hoyland, 1930

Nativity Polyptich, 1961, OxfordBrooksUniversity

Francis Hoyland was born in Birmingham and educated at Camberwell and the Slade. He continues to teach and write as well as paint. He has always painted religious images in addition to his other work and became a Roman Catholic in 1979; from what he has written of himself and the relation to his painting, a devout one. For the last 30 years he has been working on a 91 picture series on the Life of Christ. This is not publicly accessible at the moment and I suspect it will prove to be his best work. [1]

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Crucifixion, 1956, Arts Council

[1] Judged by the painting exhibited and reproduced in Images of Christ, St Matthews, Northampton, 1993, p.49

From his website:

I’ve always been a painter. It has seemed to be a normal and sensible thing to do; even though it does not look this way to others. It is the ‘other’ activities that look abnormal and odd to me.

Painting has its own momentum; it is a journey towards an aspect of truth that cannot be apprehended in any other way. It is a journey that is never finished since what one has done in the past is never what one wants to do now. One changes and ones pictures change with one, but I do not know if I’m hurrying to catch up with my paintings or if my paintings are hurrying to catch up with me.

My paintings and drawings fall into two categories; paintings and drawings made directly from nature, and work that I make completely out of my head. This second aspect of my pictorial nature was largely generated by a scholarship to Italy when I was 21. While I was there I came under the spell of the great cycles of frescos that adorn many Italian churches. I still want to paint large pictures of religious subjects that illustrate my catholic faith, and I would like these paintings to be housed in churches. I have, as it happens, twice filled or nearly filled, cathedral sized churches with my work; once in Southwark Cathedral and once in Southwell Minster, but these works have come back to me or have been sold elsewhere.

To paint is to meditate, not to compete, in fact to be a reasonable painter now one has to be almost anti competitive. We need to close ranks against a tide of commercially generated imagery, an imagery that has become virtually ubiquitous. Some of my happiest moments have been spent with other artists, often fellow teachers, in large classes in which we mutually define ourselves in loving fellowship with each other. Such occasions seem to trigger new stages of my/our work. The meditation that takes place as work before nature consists of a constant consideration of the role of the individual beats, or sensations, within the total context of the rectangle with which I’m working on. The differences between my subject matter, my materials and myself challenge me to experience something, or rather Someone, who gave rise to these things. St Teresa ‘saw’ the whole of creation as a many faceted crystal held in the mind of God. I aspire to the same vision – painting is an attempt to share it.

I have made several versions of the “Life of Christ” in as many as 91 individual works.As I read the gospels I imagine the people and places they refer to, and, to a certain extent, ‘see’ them. Taking a design through various stages of drawing, etching and painting, gradually clarifies my vision and the understanding of the text. As I attempt to build a credible space the personalities and protagonists become more focused and their relationship to each other more exact.

Line is important and colour a joy. The motif for a painting is love.

The series of the life of Christ awaits completion in large canvases, but where shall I put them? If any of the smaller paintings appeal to you, you might consider commissioning a ‘final’ version!

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____________ Aleister Crowley on cover of Stg. Pepper’s: _______________ I have dedicated several posts to this series on the Beatles and I don’t know when this series will end because Francis Schaeffer spent a lot of time listening to the Beatles and talking and writing about them and their impact on the culture of the 1960’s. […]

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 59 THE BEATLES (Part K, Advocating drugs was reason Aldous Huxley was on cover of Stg. Pepper’s) (Feature on artist Aubrey Beardsley)

(HD) Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr – With a Little Help From My Friends (Live) John Lennon The Final Interview BBC Radio 1 December 6th 1980 A young Aldous Huxley pictured below: _______   Much attention in this post is given to the songs LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS and TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS which […]

 

 

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