Hello, My Friends,

It seems I can never have enough images from, yes, you’ve guessed, The Graphics Fairy!  On this occasion I used a beautiful peacock I’d had for a while but not found a use for.  And then, by accident, I found it.

Through a Glass Darkly started with ‘off-cuts’ from a another design to which I added a page from an old family album, a photograph of a window and various textures.  I made a lot of blending changes in Photoshop until I was pleased with the result.  However, it wasn’t until I added the peacock so that it could be seen through the window that I knew the piece was finished.

Having now set up my gallery at RedBubble, I’m delighted to say that this latest design has proved popular with my fellow artists.  I do hope you like it and would love to hear your thoughts.  Through a Glass Darkly will soon be available on all products at my Zazzle gallery.

The title comes from a phrase in the Bible: St Paul’s 1st Epistle in Corinthians 13.  According to William Harris, Professor Emeritus at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA—

‘…centuries of English speakers have interpreted [it] as peering through a clouded window pane. But when the King James translation was made, a glass was the standard word for a mirror, since the new mirrors of that time were like ours, with a silvered coating applied to the back of a sheet of glass. The original Greek text has dia spektrou, or by means of a mirror, but Greek mirrors were made of highly polished brass which have a weak and imperfect mirror-image, so the figure has an entirely different thrust. Now you see yourself as if you were looking in your brass mirror, but THEN you will have a perfect mirror-image of yourself, you will see yourself as you really are. Of course there is an error in this too, since mirrors reverse right and left, but in the mirror of Heaven you will come fact to face with your real self, see yourself truly as you really are. It is singularly difficult to translate this passage from the Greek, since modern mirrors do give the impression of perfect reflection, and the original meaning is lost’.

I am certainly not the first to use the phrase for  a number of books, plays, films and other art works go by this title including Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman’s Oscar-winning 1961 film, a 1987 lecture given by the American polymath George Steiner, and a biography of the British writer and playwright Patrick Hamilton by Nigel H Jones.

Take care and keep laughing!