Posts Tagged ‘God’

William Blake – God Creating the Universe

August 13, 2011 1 comment

After my first conception of how God looked, it was a long time before I perceived of Him as having human form. I knew that, apparently, he created us in His image but I found it difficult to get my head round the fact that that meant his physical form was that of ours. I could only think of him in spiritual, uncorporeal form. The ‘man with a long beard’ idea of God seemed a bit spurious.

God Creating the Universe by William BlakeThen I saw Blake’s painting. This representation did Him justice and made me feel comfortable with the bearded man image of the Almighty.

I like that in this painting, Creation is depicted as thoughtful, meticulous physical work: work that, paradoxically for The Divine Creator, is carried out with the assistance of a scientific instrument.

I also like the gaudy colours in this painting. They hark back to what you’re more likely to find in medeival painting, rather than the more harmonious ones of the rennaisance. Of course, William Blake had developed an entirely unique method of engraving and print reproduction that may have been employed in the production of this image.

In the development of western culture in art, literature and commentary, William Blake is a giant.

Categories: art


December 6, 2010 2 comments

I was trying to work out what it was about owls that makes me like them so much.

Little OwlI can trawl through loads of times when real owls have impressed me: that time a barn owl flew out in front of my car as I was driving home one night; various bird of prey centres and zoos. The picture of the Little Owl on the left is currently my screen saver. They’re enchanting birds. For me, I think, the reason they’re enchanting is something to do with the body of associations that surround them.

I love the article written for the ornithological publication by Night owl in The Watchmen. I love it in Gormenghast when the Earl is killed by the Death Owls in the Tower of Flints. Here they’re portrayed as swift, wise and deadly.

Bubo, gifted to Perseus by Athena, in the original (and best) Clash of the Titans was another owl who impressed me when I was a young lad. Ultimately, it was Bubo who ensured the Kraken was defeated. Bubo also had a comic, ridiculous aspect which I’ve been unable to separate off from my owl archetype.

Sage the Owl, from The HerbsBut I think I have to go even further back into my childhood to find the root, the source of my fascination with owls. Back to Sage the Owl, from The Herbs. I don’t actually remember much about this show at all. What I do remember is that, until I saw God depicted as a man, the picture of Him I had in my head was that of Sage the Owl.

So, deep down, in some pre-reasoning, intuitive understanding (a bit like Faith), I must nurture a belief that God exists in owl form. Or, at least in the form of Sage the Owl, from The Herbs.

Ah… So that’s why I like owls.

Categories: me, Uncategorizable