A Second Reading Ten Years Later

A Second Reading Ten Years Later

I first read An American Gospel, on Family, History, and the Kingdom of God when it was released in 2009. At the time, I was mainly interested in the author’s troubled upbringing. Erik Reece’s father suffered from depression and committed suicide when he was a young boy. His grandfather was a fundamentalist Baptist preacher, so he was exposed to a religion similar to my own.

An American Gospel on Family, History, and the Kingdom of God by Erik Reece

It was therapeutic for me to follow his journey as I related to his exposure to depression and over-powering religion, but I also remembered that I was intrigued by the rest of what was addressed in this book, mainly the differing views of our nations founding fathers and how that has been influential on our environment. Hot topic these days.

So I’m reading it again to re-educate myself. This time I took lighter steps through his family’s story and am now deep into the fascinating tales about Thomas Jefferson’s bible that focuses on the teachings of Jesus but with miracles literally cut out with his scissors, Walt Whitman’s love of his earthly body and soul, the unlikely discovery of the Gospel of Thomas, Lynn Margulis’ work Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution with Dorion Sagan, and more…

In his book, Erik Reece writes that “the more mainstream Christianity emphasizes a theology of salvation from this world, the more it ignores Jesus’ teachings of how we should act while we inhabit this earthly realm.”

Nexus
Nexus

I am more drawn to this earthly realm these days. I want to help so that my grandchildren’s environment will be livable and beautiful. This is what is guiding the choice of subject matter for my most recent artwork.

A Pull in Time

A Pull in Time

This painting was inspired by a friend’s poem. Paul Turelli wrote “A Pull in Time” when he was 17 years old. He is now in his early sixties, still fishing and writing.

A Pull in Time painting ©2017Barbara Grant*

*This painting is no longer available. It is hanging in a cabin up in the Colorado mountains somewhere. But I am able to offer a digital image of it for $5 on Etsy: A Pull in Time

Drawing 11-29-18

My poor doggies are whining and begging to go for a walk but I couldn’t tear myself away from this drawing. The first session was just a simple outline before I was interrupted…

Roxy & Ringo

Back at it today with these cross hatchings that look like window screen. I couldn’t stop myself and all I can say is I was just having so much fun! Okay time for that walk.

Drawing 11-29-18

Drawing 11-25-18

11-25 drawing

I began at the nest on this drawing, and just as I was circling the soft inner bed I became extremely pleased with the way Pilot G-2 07 seemed to lighten up for that very purpose.

However, as I bore down for the thicker twigs bent around the outer part of the nest it became apparent that my trusty Pilot had completely run out of ink!

Thankfully, I have in my stash of supplies a new pen recommended by my writer friend, Brad* – a Jetstream made by UniBall (“When inspiration strikes, count on the performance and design of Uni-Ball”).

All this focus on pens and ink made me forget to mention the sneaky appearance of a fish into this composition. Hmm…

*More about my writer friend, Brad at Bradley James Weber

Objects
Clementine box, bee hive, twigs, bird’s nest