It gathered momentum after I had made some instructional films for a religious sister, these helped to extend virtually the one to one time I had with her. She encouraged me to continue with them.
Now I just film when I think there is something I am working on which may be of interest to others. I hope our short videos help familiarise with the idea of working with ones hands and rather than keep methods “secret"; (as the early "Masters" often did - they might encourage a future religious artist or two, to create something both pleasing and beautiful.
The importance of Seeing and Believing
Early artists had to invent ways of making paints; (and the difficulty of this didn't put them off) their knowledge of pigments was held somewhat in secret, and passed from Master to Apprentice.
They used all manner of materials and binders to make their paints; crushed petals, and powdered dirt for pigments, stabilised with binders from spittle to animal collagens.
No doubt they were spurred on by the desire to create something of beauty and have others to enjoy it.
This reminds me of the bible passage John 9:6
"Having said this he spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle put this over the eyes of the blind man and said to him " go wash in the Pool of Siloam."
Jesus used what was just dirt and spittle, (the ingredients of artist pigment), to cure the man who had been blind form birth - he could see for the very first time.
To foster religious art within the church, I believe its important to de-mystify it somewhat, so that people find it accessible again. In this way, both clergy and laypeople (hopefully) can see how it fits in to our beliefs; that's the "raison de etre" of our short films.
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