Decompression: The removal of pressure from persons ascending to great heights.

William Blake was born in London in 1757. He would neither write nor paint to please patrons or fashion. His beliefs as a man and his visionary genius as an artist compelled him to follow paths, which aroused mockery and suspicion among many.

The first watercolor ink is inspired by Blake’s long poem called Augiries of Innocence:

To see the World in a Grain of Sand                          

And Heaven in a Wild Flower,                                        

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand                          

And Eternity in an hour.

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The “auguries” or signs of innocence are close at hand and it is for the viewer to grasp them, understand them and renew their lives in that light. Believing that everything that lives is holy brings contact with the infinite. At this place the presence of the Lord can stir the heart.

The next two pieces are inspired by poems from Two Contrary States. These are a pair of poems expressing contrasts. The Tyger, sums up the problem of these contrasts. It carries us past the image of the wild beast in it’s splendor and fearful symmetry and confronts us with a profound question,

Did He who made the lamb make thee?

The Tyger

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This dilemma is answered often in scripture.

Romans 1:20 says:

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

Blake's poem and illustration

And further in Isaiah 55:8-9

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, 
neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, 
so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

The Lamb

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All Christians will agree to the sentiment expressed in Blake’s poem The Lamb:

Blake's poem, The Lamb and illustration

Tyger and Lamb