Pray Like You Mean It

Just remember everyone, the only thing Republicans can offer as a solution for all the gun violence in America is thoughts and prayers. So, if you find yourself in an active shooter situation, face the gunman and pray the death away. Pray it away like you would your gay neighbor. You could also see if thinking about stopping the bullet works. Let me know how that turns out.

Addendum:

In case you think I believe the Democrats are any better, their solution is to put on a good show then run away and hide.  I haven’t forgotten their little sit in on the Senate floor that ended as soon as the donor, I mean the NRA, er I mean… you get the picture, got mad.  This is why our country is a mess and we have soooooo many mass murders.  Both sides are in the back pocket of all the big money special interests that care more about profit than your life.

Advertisements

Your Roots are Showing

The more history I watch, the more and more I understand why religions associated with Western culture have failed the world, chiefly Catholism, but also Christianity as a whole because of shared origins.

I am not talking about the worship of God or Christ per se, but the organizations/institutions that have become associated as such. Much of Catholism is covered in the blood shed by followers over the centuries, crusades, inquisitions, and wars. All activities against God’s commandments and Christ’s teaching.

Add to this a belief that their religion was not strong enough to establish their own holidays or structures, which caused them to co-op pagan holidays and change the role of women in the church. They even created religious doctrine to support industries, look deeper into the history of Lent and fish Fridays.

If you step back and look at Christian history outside of the Church narrative, you will see human choices taking precedence over divine origin. Thus, child molesting priests, gambling nuns, and cover-ups are not surprising at all. What is truly surprising is the zealotry of the church membership in defending what, in any other setting, would be indefensible. One other place you see such zealotry is inside of cults. I think this is something the world needs to look at and face.

Finally, don’t fall into the belief that I am singling out only Western embraced religions. I only talk about them more because of fimilarity. My guess is that every human religion is rife with such human fingerprints and need to be viewed as such. Unfortunately, too many people find it easier to let others direct their beliefs; questioning is hard.

 

Lost Opportunities

I have mentioned before that my life has been full of struggle, especially when it comes to art. My family has not been supportive for the most part. My mother actively diswayed my growth in art by telling me it should be nothing more than a hobby. My father finds it easier to be awesome by anybody else’s art than anything I do.

What I find sad about my mother; however, is that she could have been an artist. I have a memory of a color pencil drawing she did of a nude female. It was good. Of course, being a young boy, I was interested in the image for more than artistic reasons. Looking back though, I remember that it was good, better than any person I had or have done.

The saddest part was that I never saw her draw anything else. She dabbled in all kinds of crafts but never more artwork. Given our family, I am not surprised, but I wonder how much that cost her inside. For me, their is no quitting.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish …

You know how the story goes; however, I am pretty sure I do not have a blue seahorse in the works.  Here is a progress update on the second seahorse I am painting for the major project I am working on.  I am having lots of fun with these paintings and hope you are enjoying them too.  This shows more work on the snout an end of the tail, two ends of the spectrum eh!

New Projects in the Works

I just scanned in the finished seahorse drawing that I plan to start painting soon for a larger project, while the spider has been in my files for some time.  The spider is in a basic state and is intended to be mechanical, which is what slowed me down because, as I have said before, I am not good at mechanical drawings.  The idea for the spider came from an older drawing I did of human piloted spider walkers (scouts) under fire using thrusters to make short leaps out of danger.  My desire is to update the idea using what I have learned with digital painting.  I am posting it now because I have some new ideas about the project and hope to get back to work on it.