In The Beginning Was The Word

When I picture and try to visualise God’s presence in my life, pulsing, alive and active, I see vibrations and waves of energy, light, lots of light, like sunlight beaming on my face, and I hear the sounds of the leaves rustling in the trees, the humming and howling of the wind, but mostly I hear the silence of His presence.

This piece challenges me, in its huge size, textures and colours.

This speaks of the Creativity of the Divine.

In the Beginning was the Word. 130 cm x 100 cm. Oil on Linen. £9000

The full angelic trumpet chorus announcing and singing and praising at the incredible detail and design of our Universe.

‘ In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it].’

John 1: 1 – 5 Amplified version of the Bible

I also think about the divine creativity and divine inspiration happening within me. How my flow of energy, thoughts and desires, interweave with energy and vibrations within the world, and how exciting it must be when those two energies, within me and within the world, align and combine and fuse together to create newness and joy and fulfilment.

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Fragments Of A Disordered Mind – a reflection

Here is a reflection written and shared by Josephine Patten-Walsh, who purchased and enjoys the original painting ‘Fragments of a Disordered Mind’ by the artist Terence Fyffe.

I came across the painting ‘Fragments Of A Disordered Mind’ when establishing my Psychotherapy practice and thought the title was very apt as therapy is indeed about making sense of fragments of memory in a disordered mind.

In contrast to the rather insipid but soothing seascapes lining the walls of my therapy room, the bold abstractness of this painting stands out like a glowing jewel, drawing clients into its lively depths to focus on their inner turmoil to make sense of the fragments…..

202. Self-Portrait by the artist

As attractive to me as the painting itself, was the artist’s policy of praying for the purchasers of his paintings. This appealed to me since, of course, I wanted my business to be blessed and to flourish, and what better way to ensure it’s blessing than to bathe the room in the stream of healing graces that would surely emanate from Terry’s prayers. And indeed it is so: I have a very strong sense that everyone finding their way to my counselling room has been handpicked by God and matched with me for the contribution He feels I may be able to make in their soul’s journey…

As for the name of my practice ‘Carmelite Counselling’, that too originates from the spirituality of the artist. The mindfulness element of my Psychotherapy training was consistent with Terry’s background in meditation. I wanted all who entered my counselling room to become imbued with something of the contemplative essence of the Carmelite Spirituality that provided ultimate satisfaction for Terry’s prayer longings when he became a Lay Carmelite.

Prayer like our souls has an eternal quality and so even after his passing from this world to the next, I know that Terry’s prayers continue to nurture Carmelite Counselling.

Thanks be to God.

To see the view shared of the painting at the Carmelite Counselling therapy room click here

Josephine Patten-Walsh, Carmelite Counselling, November 2021

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On The Secret Life of Fragments and Spheres

Who am I? What is my purpose?

Where do I fit in the grand scheme of things?

How can I strengthen my connection to the Universe? How can I connect to my global community?

46. On the Secret Life of Fragments and Spheres 35 cm x 41 cm Oil on Canvas £1000

Where is my life going? Where is the time going?

What are my priorities? Am I focussing on the right things?

What should I hold on to? What should I get rid of?

How can I embrace a more meaningful, simple life?

How can I live in the present moment of my life, and my everyday?

This is an intriguing piece…… small and imperfectly formed………densely infused with detail, texture and a powerful prompt of internal discernment and questioning.

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Patchwork Study Of Nature Fragments

If you had to capture your top 30 emotions from the key moments of your life journey so far, and then you had to give each emotion a colour, or a blend of colours, and then put them down on paper…..or canvas….. what would it look like?

31. Patchwork Study of Nature Fragments. 40.5 cm x 40.5 cm Oil on Linen £1500

Would you have mostly earth-toned colours? Would you think of water, fire or air? Perhaps you would select bright colours for joyous moments and dark colours for pain and suffering? Or perhaps just a blob of whatever colour comes out… because after all… life is mostly messy right?

I smile in wonder when I look at this piece. I smile because of the vibrant selection of colour and how it makes me feel. I smile at the satisfaction of the simplicity of the perfect lines and compartments. I smile at the deceptive complexity of what’s going in within each of those compartments, hinting at the fact that not everything is always what it seems. A bit like life.

I smile because I saw Terence painting this piece, so I know something that you don’t. The tiny painstaking brush strokes; the emotion of the artist poured into creating a small piece that evokes such big emotion from the viewer; the hours and hours and hours of painting time; the layers and layers and layers of oil paint left to dry before applying more……… so much to smile about.

Look closely and you might see images like a coral reef, deep sea waters, the movement of the blood, planets, a face or two, an amoeba……or a storm brewing….?

Whatever you see……. this piece is guaranteed to make you smile, just as I do.

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Rumination On A Black Hole

35. Rumination on a Black Hole 70cm x 70 cm Oil on Linen £4500

I’ve heard it said that there is a danger in dwelling on thoughts too deeply…… rumination…..self-blame…….. and the possibility of opening our very complex human minds to a plethora of anxious thoughts……fertile ground for any psychologist… or movie director.

Yet I find this painting curious, and the title even more so…… I love the alignment between the infinite depth of our thoughts and the infinite abyss of a black hole. Though, I have to say, I could happily stare into this piece for quite some time without any dark thoughts. Rather I feel intrigue….. I see the moments and the minutes, become the days and the routines, and the everyday ‘stuff’ of our lives.

Sometimes it seems to be spinning so fast, like the crazy treadmill of life; other times it seems to be turning ever so slowly, almost still, like the quieter moments and days; then it appears to be giving off warmth, like a steamy energy, almost like a comforting wash of warm water…… my favourite is when it seems to be radiating light.. outwards. I like to think of this as a pure, clean, vibrant blue love-light. I see strength in this, almost masculine.


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Today We Remember Terence

Today we remember Terence who died on this day 3 years ago.

May he continue to rest in the peace and joy of our Lord, where there is no more pain but instead beautiful light, harmony and joy.

We honour him by celebrating his life and how he shared his light with the world.

Thank you for sharing in his legacy, by being in this community and enjoying his paintings, one of his many gifts to the world.

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Veni Sancté Spiritus, Come Holy Spirit

The gentle feeling of ecstasy, of being overwhelmed and cocooned in love, a feeling of such deep and quiet joy that causes silent tears to roll down your cheeks, and the feeling of a soft and quiet peace that flows over with warmth all over your whole body.

When Pentecost day came round, the apostles had all met in one room when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages and the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.

Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2 verses 1-11, Jerusalem Bible
55. Descent of the Holy Spirit on Christ’s Mother and the Apostles (Pentecost) (as displayed by the altar of the artist’s Church). 78 cm x 93 cm Oil on Linen £4000

That’s how I feel the Divine Spirit, present within me and in my everyday life. Sometimes it is quiet like a gentle trickle from the bathroom tap, or soft like the sound of the wind in the leaves, the ‘Ruah’; other times I’m not paying attention and I’m distracted by the many mini (or major) dramas of the day that appear to require some form of fire-fighting. Then I come back to the present moment and my breathing, and slowly, conciously direct myself back to the Spirit within, and back to allowing myself to feel the love all around me, and to reconnect with Peace.

I wonder how the early apostles felt when the Holy Spirit rested on them, an event many Christians celebrate as the Feast of Pentecost, which we celebrate today. It must have been truly remarkable……………………. I love how Terence has captured the many feelings within the facial expressions of the apostles in this painting. The Bible describes ‘tongues of fire’ as the Holy Spirit resting on the apostles……. I wonder if that meant there was a warmth that was felt in the body, or a glow, or perhaps that just signifies the awesome power of the Holy Spirit, of God.

You shall receive power (ability, efficiency and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…..and you shall be my witnesses….. to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.

Acts of the Apostles chapter 1 verse 8, the Amplified Bible

I love how Joyce Meyer explains,

” The Holy Spirit is the enabling power of God, and when He comes into our lives we become more powerful. We might even say that our power level is dependent on the level that we surrender to Him. Have you surrendered every room in your heart to the Holy Spirit? Have you invited Him into every area of your life, or do you reserve certain areas for yourself where you want no interference from anyone, not even God? Spiritual maturity is a process. We release areas of our lives to the Lord little by little. The more we release to Him, the better our lives become.

Joyce Meyer, Everyday Life Bible Amplified version, commentary on Acts of the Apostles, chapter 1 verse 8, p.1734

Much food for thought?

The more I look at this painting, the more I want to keep looking. Watching, imagining, and connecting more deeply with the Divine Spirit within me. Within us all, if we invite Him into our lives.

But the fruit of the (Holy) Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence).

Galatians chapter 5, verses 22-23, Amplified Bible

These are the fruits of the Spirit which we start to notice in varying degrees within ourselves; ‘the work which His presence within accomplishes’ – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are gorgeous juicy fruits which we hope will start to grow within us, with love taking its place as the first beautiful fruit.

I see much love in the faces of the painting. What else do you see?

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Tessa Fyffe, Pentecost Sunday, May 23 2021, London, UK.

To Forgive In Divine Timing

Humanity must let itself be touched and pervaded by the Spirit given to it by the risen Christ. It is the Spirit who heals the wounds of the heart, pulls down the barriers that separate us from God and divide us from one another, and at the same time, restores the joy of the Father’s love and of fraternal unity. It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church will be called “Divine Mercy Sunday”. Christ has taught us that “man not only receives and experiences the mercy of God, but is also called ‘to practise mercy’ towards others: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7)

Pope Saint John Paul II, Commentary on Second Sunday of Easter (Year B), People’s Edition, CTS New Daily Missal 2012
192. Sunset over Coober Pedy (signed by artist). 30 cm x 36 cm Oil on Canvas £900

I think we all need forgiveness. The blissful feeling of the heaviness being lifted and the light openness of peace streaming though us. Forgiveness is healing.

Just as we receive forgiveness, we can give forgiveness as a gift. We can forgive others. But why is it sometimes so hard to forgive? It can be, especially when we try to do it all on our own.

The Holy Spirit provides the strength and ability to forgive. After Jesus’ death and resurrection (our celebration of Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday), Jesus appeared to the disciples and ‘breathed’ on them, giving them the gift of the Holy Spirit, and He immediately told them that whatever sins they forgave were forgiven and whatever sins they retained were retained (see John 20:23).

191. Illuminating Sky (signed by artist). 30 cm x 36 cm Oil on Canvas £500

So we, like the disciples, have been given this mandate to forgive, yet it is not always easy. I like how Joyce Meyer puts it,

‘Whenever someone does something to me I need to forgive, I pray, “Holy Spirit, breathe on me and give me the strength to forgive this person’ – I do that because my emotions are screaming inside of me, ‘ You have hurt me and that is not fair!”

Joyce Meyer, Forgiveness and the Holy Spirit, The Everyday Life Bible 2006

I like this painting of Jesus on the Cross. Though his image is a solid reminder of his suffering for us, the image is softened by the beautiful yellow and orange warmth that emanates from Him. It is clear that the artist is gently leading our focus, and drawing us into this yellow and orange light and warmth. To show Jesus’ love for us perhaps? The Holy Spirit? His unconditional forgiveness for us? His Divine Mercy. There is so much love, and comfort and transformation in infinite abundance. I could look at this piece all day.

The illuminating sky, to me, is full of peace, and hope and the lightness we receive and give during forgiveness. It is a beautiful place. A place of peaceful Presence.

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The Mystery of Love, Suffering and The Cross

Today is Palm Sunday and we enter into this Holy Week, the last week before celebrating the triumph of Easter, and there are often conflicting feelings of excitement and pain. Excitement at the joyous feeling of the approaching Easter, and the pain of seeing the degrading and horrific death of the One we love so much.

There may also be confusion……….. confusion that Jesus CHOSE to suffer and die such a horrific death out of obedience to his Father, and out of LOVE for us. It is a humbling thought, and one where my comparatively little human understanding attempts to comprehend this profound divine reasoning, and fails miserably.

87. Quest to Reclaiming Faith. 50 cm x 70 cm Oil on Linen £7000

Thankfully, Faith does not require such analysis from me. My faith is about love, and being loved, and receiving His love, for me, for us all. Looking at Jesus nailed to a crucifix, the Cross, speaks volumes to me, as a symbol of His Love for me.

I love this piece. It is complex, and may not immediately appear to the viewer as a cross, or the Cross…. but it is.

It seems to have life. A living piece. The emotion and intrigue and mystery, intricately captured and illuminated by Terence’s skillful and painstaking brushstrokes. It is truly a joy to behold.

I also see pain and suffering, but there is a peaceful presence in the centre. I think perhaps, His peaceful Presence, that lives in our hearts if we choose to invite Him in.

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Silent Listening

12. Silent Watching. 35.5 cm x 35.5 cm Oil on Linen £800

Human existence is a journey of faith and as such, moves ahead more in shadows than in full light, and is no stranger to moments of obscurity and also of complete darkness. While we are on this earth, our relationship with God takes place more by listening than by seeing……And so, this is the gift and duty for each one of us during the season of Lent: to listen to Christ, like Mary. To listen to him in his Word, contained in Sacred Scripture. To listen to him in the events of our lives, seeking to decipher in them the messages of Providence. Finally, to listen to him in our brothers and sisters, especially in the lowly and the poor, for whom Jesus himself demands our concrete love.

Pope Benedict XVI, Second Sunday of Lent Commentary, New Daily Missal

Yes, sometimes silence is deafening. Perhaps that is why so many of us avoid it. We fill our lives with noise, comforting background noise. The sound of the television, radio, music, people talking, and the sounds of everyday life. Nothing wrong with that, but sometimes we need more intentional silence in our lives. More balance. More opportunities to ‘unplug’. More time to listen to God.

This piece ‘ Silent watching’ is as much about listening as it is watching. The silence within us, the place where Jesus abides within us, if we let him. The inner place where we can remove our masks and just be.

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