ACTS OF WORSHIP

I’VE BEEN FASCINATED that links to Steven Cronin’s wonderful Ullswater Watercolour Workshop videos on this blog have, in the last couple of days, brought forth responses and conversations with a dozen closet watercolour painters I knew nothing of. And the Arts and Faith Network I was celebrating with the other day would be interested to know how many such painters describe what they do – the creative acts they’re engaged in – as “spiritual” and even “acts of worship”. In the late seventies, reflecting upon the miracle of the second Salisbury Cathedral’s having been begun, on Salisbury Water Meadows, in 1220, I enjoyed a conversation with a contemporary stone mason there, who described what he did with hammer and chisel in the works yard, from Monday-Friday as “church worship”. Amen!