Peace on Earth, Good Will To Men

This is has been a stressful year for Anna and me but also one filled with great joy.   We have had quite a roller coaster ride of emotions with the death of a beloved 40 year friend on January 1, to the joy of moving our residence to another town, to finding ourselves in a situation, quite out of our control, portending danger for our family.   We have rejoiced in the safety of our local faith community receiving inspiration to do the work with which we have been called by God.  We have also despaired in the political climate in our country.   It seems faith and politics have merged into some kind of ugly, blurry, life style that causes great concern in our family.  xmas angel 2018

Each year at Christmas Anna and I design a Christmas card to send to people on our Christmas list.   As we thought this year about what we would like to announce, we drew inspiration from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem:

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
and wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,
And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
“For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”

 

As I read the poem I also remember the angels, in the Christmas story, proclaiming  “Peace on earth and good will to men…”

Thus my illustration of the Angel and our wish for  you – “ Peace on earth, good-will to men.”

Wandering

burnside

When the air gets cool I enjoy walks in the woods.   This is my newest watercolor. The setting is Burnside Island, Ga. (near Savannah).  The path leads to the beautiful Wesley Gardens Retreat Center.   The painting is for sale as well as prints available.   Go to    https://www.lacountanderson.com   (watercolor gallery).

2019 Calendar

I have put together another calendar for next year. Thanks for using last year’s calendar. It is fun to see it in homes we visit.

If you would like to get the 2019 calendar send me a message and I will get it out to you. Lacount3@icloud.com

Cost includes state tax : $20.00. img_3983-e1539006862447.jpg

2019 Calendars Are Available

We have put together a limited number of 2019 Calendars with 12 paintings by LaCount Anderson.   To order by mail  (includes sales tax and shipping )  $22.00 click this link:

https://www.paypal.com/webapps/hermes?token=64C92524PY2303638&useraction=commit&mfid=1536005960960_b0ba5c2247023

If you are local please email LaCount at lacount3@icloud.com .   The price is 20.00 which includes sales tax.

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Great Gift Idea

 

The Other Side of the Mountain

east tn

We live in NC and are blessed with the beauty of the Smoky Mountains. This watercolor is on the other side: east Tennessee and equally beautiful part of the mountain range.  You can purchase a print or the original at www.lacountanderson.com   (watercolor gallary).

Just Created – Pineapple

7x5 84.41 pineappleJust created.  My Pineapple would say welcome to any home with its unique pen and ink pattern.    This 7″ X 5″ matted and framed drawing can be in your home in just one week.   Price:  $84.41 plus shipping.   www.lacountanderson.com

African Sunrise

Several years ago we were involved in travel to southern Africa.   This is a painting from one of those visits.  Early morning was so peaceful and I was stunned as the morning sun slipped up and behind the hill near our residence.    To purchase a copy:  http://www.lacountanderson.com  (mixed media gallary).swaziland sunrise

Cuba Paintings Available

From our recent visit to Cuba.  You can view in my gallery and purchase:   www.lacountanderson.com

Texas Visit

We had opportunity to visit Dallas Texas this week.    A part of that visit was a day trip to Waco and we visited Magnolia Market the home of HGTV’s Fixer Upper.    While there I ran across this cool vehicle.    car waco

My Sketchbook – Cuba visit

Last month my wife and I had the opportunity to visit the country of Cuba with colleagues from the NC Baptist Singers and Orchestra.   We enjoyed our time with the lovely people who made us feel as if we were “rock stars.”   A beautiful country of mountains and sea; nothing like I anticipated.   Thanks to interpreters we were able to communicate, enjoy home cooked food, and make friends with the kind people of Cuba.

cuba 1

One evening at Sunset a large thunder storm moved into the area.   This is from a roof top viewing the beautiful sky as the storm arrived.

cuba 2

One day we visited a retirement home for Christian workers.  This is the lovely chapel at the retirement home near Santiago City.

cuba 3

I saw this guy enjoying lunch on the side of the road.