seeing: thoughts on art, life and poetry



It is said that seeing is believing. But what if those things we’re seeing are obscured somehow? Can we trust our eyes? Or do we require an inner knowing, a new perspective to override our senses?

The image above is my attempt to take something prosaic and make a new form of it. Would you believe that hidden beneath the vivid colours are some faded sweetpea flowers, a wire fence and a recycling bin? Yes, really.

We’re all artists at heart, creatives to the core. Because how could we not be when our Creator God made us that way, to reflect His ability to take, shape, mould and make something from nothing?

Though sometimes we don’t consider ourselves as such. But with the right type of media that suits us, a hefty dose of courage, encouragement, faith, patience, persistence and perseverance we can all discover just how to be our uniquely creative selves.

And even if that is restricted to our own pleasure in the process, it’s absolutely fine. I happen to love messing about with photographs and creating word art. If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you are treated/subjected to my imperfect attempts in those areas!

We have a choice to share or not to share, to tear up and try again if need be. We also have a choice on who gets to view our work and if we feel able to cope with a degree of public scrutiny.

With today’s #magneticmonday magnetic poetry offerings, I hope your seeing will be more than simply absorbing the words as they come. I trust the creative spirit in you will find some resonance with the poetic storyteller in me. There’s no pressure, because like all works of art, there is no single way of interpreting them. Let’s compare notes when you get to the end, yes?

A swim of light

You ask why these pictures

lie and have languid,

lazy, elaborate lives

Watch through blue fingers

as the urge is all

You never cry time 

on sweet sleep symphony

and summer forest trudging,

as those red bared rose

petals crush luscious as honey

and a swim of light shows




Our shady peace

Gentle winter-wet breeze

and dark moistened air

cycle soft above pure

love’s moon, and wild

grass grows like a sweet

blanket between lonely tree

Behold, earth is our shady

peace, as we relax beneath

and feel more alive here




I love how photo editing apps can make such a difference  with their ability to completely alter an image into a new work of art.  Here’s a selection of some of the best editing apps for i-phones and these are great with an android device. I use picmonkey and canva to help me create blog post images. You probably know of more inspiring apps and editing sites to explore.

How do you express your creativity best? What apps do you use to aid your artistic ability?  I’d love to hear in the comments below.

18 thoughts on “seeing: thoughts on art, life and poetry

  1. Your words, your art, your poetry, the Truths of our Creator combine into an image of beauty, Joy. What a delight to come here this day. I needed to be reminded that God is the One Who knows all and is all. Praising Him as I type. And thank you for sharing the apps. I just might go play!!
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    • Hello Linda, it’s always lovely to see you here! Thank you so much for stopping by to let me know this post has spoken to you. I think that expressing our creativity not only brings us joy but also delights God’s Father heart. Happy creating, my friend! xo

  2. Dear Joy, Oh your creative ways never cease to amaze me. This:

    “red bared rose
    petals crush luscious as honey”

    make me lonesome for summer! But then this next phrase truly gives me pause for thought:

    “Behold, earth is our shady
    peace, as we relax beneath
    and feel more alive here”

    What a restful way to view our lives here, seeing with different eyes how He is giving us a shady peace. Thank you for taking the risk, and sharing the words and pictures that have been planted in your heart. They keep me looking up, and asking to have my eyes enlightened to see more of Jesus in my days. Hugs and Blessings my Dear Friend! xoxo

    • Dear Bettie, your interest in my creative efforts never ceases to amaze me! It’s a lovely grace gift I never take for granted. I love giving you pause for thought, because your appreciation of poetry is sublime. I “take the risk” with greater freedom just to know you are reading. Keep looking up,my friend. I have to remind myself to do the same on life’s darker days. It’s wonderful when God opens our previously blind eyes to “see more of Jesus” in the everyday ordinary. Hugs and blessings to you! xoxo

  3. I love your creativity, Joy. I can easily see the flowers in the pic, but I never would have guessed what is behind it. It causes me to pray that God’s beauty will stand foremost in my heart and push back the trash. What lens we look through can change our perspective so much, can’t it? I second Bettie’s observations to those particular verses. 🙂

    Thanks also for telling me about Canva. I signed up. 🙂

    Thank you for taking the risk of sharing your God-given creativity! Love and hugs to you!

    • Oh how I love these lines you’ve shared: “It causes me to pray that God’s beauty will stand foremost in my heart and push back the trash.” What a fantastic thing to pray, Trudy! Yes indeed to how our perspective depends on the lenses we look through. May we see life mostly via spiritual lenses rather than worldly ones. I’m pleased to have inspired you to try Canva, but I must warn you that designing images there can get seriously addictive! 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind encouragement about the way I share my creativity. I hope to branch out to making more physical art when life is a little less demanding. Love and hugs to you, dear friend! xo

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