Category Archives: Light


I have painted a series of four paintings called “Four Seasons”.

Here I explain how I painted them.

Step 1: Draw a design based on a theme.

For ‘Spring’ I chose tulips. I viewed hundreds of images mainly posted on the internet by people who sell tulips. Below is the finished design.

Spring: Design stage

Each code represents a colour. The first is ‘dp’ or ‘deep purple’. Much later is ‘y’ or ‘yellow’. Last came ‘gr’ or ‘grey’. I basically paint by numbers. Deep purple, being the first colour, is given a ‘shift’ of zero. Yellow is given a shift of 36. The last colour to go on was grey with a shift of 84.

Step 2: Add a doodle.

Below is the finished doodle.

Spring: Doodle stage

This doodle affects the colour balance. The higher the number of a band, the greater the ‘red shift’. That is to say colours are pushed towards the red end of the spectrum. This can lead to weird effects such as yellow tulips getting tinged orange. Red gets darker and turns brown; White becomes grey, useful for clouds.

Step 3: Paint, one colour at a time.

Numbered colour sequence used in ‘Four Seasons’ including ‘Spring’

The band number of the doodle is added to the shift number of the colour area to determine the number of the colour needed. For example the first colour painted was the dark purple of the large tulips in the foreground. The shift was zero, and the band number was four, so the number needed was four, visible in the sequence above at the top right corner.

The result, hopefully, is a nice painting as featured below:

Spring: finished painting.

All 91 colours used in the series had to be preserved until all four paintings were completed. Why? Inevitably omissions occur. If the required colour is still sitting in the palette, it can easily be watered and applied. One advantage of gouache paint is that, like viruses, it just needs water to come to life again.

The whole series of completed paintings may be viewed in ‘Galleries’ then ‘Four Seasons’, or by clicking

I hope you enjoy these paintings as much as I enjoyed painting them.

Sea Walnut

Sea Walnut 1 web

Sea Walnut Paper craft (2014)

One of my students remarked he could see God’s hand in the Sea Walnut paper craft. I think he was referring to the original creature swimming about in the ocean rather than the craft it inspired.

The Sea Walnut, Mnemiopsis leidyi, is an exciting bioluminescent comb jelly whose natural habitat is the Atlantic Ocean just off the North American seaboard. However it has been hitching a ride in the ballast of ships as far as the Black Sea, wreaking havoc on the local ecosystems and fishing industries by overfeeding on the zooplankton that the fish also feed on. Who could have believed that such a cute tennis ball-sized creature could cause so much trouble?

To see more images and a delightful seascape, see Galleries, Papercraft, “Sea Walnut” and “Seascape”.


Holocaust straightened

Holocaust (1985) straightened まっすぐにした

フォトショップで絵を真っすぐにする方法を見つけました。 レサ・スナイダーさんの本「Photoshop CS6 The Missing Manual」は良く役に立ちました。

In “Photoshop” I found a way to straighten pictures. The book “Photoshop CS6 The Missing Manual” by Lesa Snider has much useful advice.

 ずっと前人生に役に立つ本を読み始めました。 次の助言がある:-

「心を尽くしてに拠り頼め。 自分の悟りにたよるな。あなとの行く所どこにおいても、主を認めよ。 そうすれば、主はあなたの道をまっすぐにされる。」 箴言 3:5, 6

Long ago I began reading a very useful guide book for life. In it is this advice:-

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5, 6

もちろん聖書について語っています。 あなたは、読むことも、の助言を受け取ることも、決して後悔しません。 はあなたの道をまっすぐにされます。

Of course the book I am writing about is the bible. You will never regret reading it and taking the LORD’s advice. He will make your paths straight.


私の音楽とく良い親せきはもうすぐビデオを発表します。 お楽しみ! My musical cousin is close to a video release. Please look forward to it!


Works of Art, August 2004 109

Holocaust (c1985) 大破壊

I like this painting. It has beautiful colours and patterns. I painted it a long time ago when I was immature, so the title is most unfortunate.

この絵が好きです。 美しい色と模様があります。 ずっと前描いた、まだ未熟の時、だから、題は残念です。

How can holocausts be prevented? We need world peace. How can we get world peace? We need peace in our hearts. How can we get peace in our hearts? We need to touch God.

どうやって大破壊を避けられますか。 世界平和が必要です。 どうやって世界平和を得ますか。 自分の心に平和が必要です。 どうやって心の平和を得ますか。 神様と接触する必要です。

”When we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son.”  From Romans 5:10

 「滴であった私たちが、御子の死によって神と和解させられた。」 ローマ 5:10より

God loves even his enemies. Jesus forgave the people who killed him. God turns enemies into friends. God touches us.

神様は敵でさえ愛されます。 イエス様はご自分を殺した人々を赦されました。 神様は敵を友達に造り返られます。 神様は私達と接触されます。

Jesus himself said that peacemakers are called sons of God. If you want to make peace you must have peace with God first. Only God’s love can overcome our hate, just as light overcomes the darkness.

イエス様が言われた: 平和を造る者は神の子どもとよばれます。 平和を造ろうと思ったら、神様との和解がいります。 光は闇に打ち勝つごとに、神様の愛こそ私たちの憎しみに打ち勝ちます。

Next week on the 18th I hope to present a multi-media event. 来週18日には、マルチ・メディアのプレゼンを発表したいです。 宜しく!

Fruit of the Light

Apple for web

detail from Apple for Calendar 2014 ・ カレンダー「りんご」より

I love apples. They are beautiful on the outside. They are tasty on the inside. An apple tree with lots of big, juicy apples is a delight.


Apple section for web

detail from Apple for Calendar 2014 ・ カレンダー「りんご」より

We are like apple trees in that we bear fruit. What kind of fruit depends on what we do.


Darkness for chapel

detail from Prayer (2010) 「いのり」より

Do we live in darkness? 暗やみの中に住んでいますか。

Hatred for chapel

detail from Prayer (2010) 「いのり」より

Do we hate anyone? 誰かを憎んでいますか。

Error for chapel

detail from Prayer (2010) 「いのり」より

Do we err?…. 誤っていますか。

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness….The fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth.”


from Ephesians 5 エペソ5章より

X10 Prayer for web

Prayer (2010) いのり

This design for a Christmas card is based on St Francis of Assisi’s prayer for peace. このデザインは『フランシスコの平和の祈り』に基づいています。

If we have darkness we need light. If we have hatred we need love. If we have error we need truth…


The fruit of the light results in peace. 光の実の結果は平和です。

The next post should be on 11th January 2014. I’m hoping for a multimedia event involving a Canadian relative. Have a fruitful 2014!

次のブログは今月11日です。カナダの親せきと関係しているマルチ・メディアを報告したい。 2014年に豊かにみを結ぶように!


Message from the Moon

9 September face for web

His Face (2012) 神の顔

「Parable」、「Light from the Moon」で、私の最新押絵のたとえ話を楽しんで下さい。見ることで驚くかも知りません。。。

Please enjoy my latest illustrated parable at “Parable”, “Light from the Moon”. You might be surprised at what you see…


A homily on ice

Icicles in our garden for web

Icicles in our garden (2007) 我らの庭のつらら

I have started a new series called “Parables”.


Please see the first one at “Parables” “Beautiful Ice”.

最初のたとえ話をご覧ください。「Parables」 「Beautiful Ice」で。