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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.
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.”
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.
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.
*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
Ten minutes each day, she said.
Ten minutes each day.
She planned to practice ten minutes each day.
We agreed to practice ten minutes each day.
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…
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.
This is interesting. I didn’t even look at my model for this – my box of natural objects. After my previous ten studies I must have gone into auto-draw. And I guess I liked the sneaky fish who appeared yesterday, because I think that’s what influenced the idea of this school of fish.
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
Very strange marks here on the opposite page. I don’t know what to say other than I had no goal in mind when I sat down here at this desk. I wasn’t even planning to sit – just walked past it doing other things in my work space and saw out of the corner of my eye this open book of drawings – opened to yesterday’s page. I can’t seem to help this desire to play around with drawing the same thing every day. It’s like a meditation. Oh, and by the way, my mind was a super mess of chaotic thoughts going every which way (sort of like the drawing) but now I feel better. Thank you, Pilot G-2 07 ❤️
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