“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” -Genesis 1

Over the past few months my studies have led me to think more about nature.   As I walk through wooded areas, visit parks, and experience the fragrance of the flowers, I am more and more aware of God through being involved more in nature around me.    I have always been aware that God reveals himself to us through nature.   It seems my senses are much more aware these days.

Last week my wife and I visited a park and spent a couple of hours sitting in our camp chairs.   The picture you see is a result of our visit to the lake.

“For the beauty of the earth. For the beauty of the skies. For the love which from our birth. Over and around us lies. Lord of all, to thee we raise. This our joyful hymn of praise.” -Folliott S. Pierpoint

 

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Power

www.lacountanderson.com A couple of years ago my wife and I took a trip with fellow musicians to the country of Cuba.   Our assignment was for our choir to sing concerts in Baptist churches within the southern part of the country.   Cuba is a beautiful country and the people we met are equally as beautiful in spirit and in their faith.

On one occasion during our trip we arrived at a church to do our concert.  It was early afternoon and dinner was being planned for our group.  Church pot lucks are the same no matter what country you are visiting.   Our dinner was on the church roof top overlooking Bayamo, a scenic town in Cuba.   I am fascinated by old buildings and this town is a treasure for fellow artists who love to paint old architecture.    Equally fascinating were the storm clouds brewing above.   A spring storm was coming and as you might guess, we had a soggy pot luck that evening.

These days my attention is immediately drawn to God’s creation; a spring storm, the lovely people I encounter, and the beautiful flowers all around me.   In school I remember studying how God reveals herself to us.   Nature is one of those revelations that I learned about and it seems I am reminded each day of the power of God.                   cuba 1The rainbow I saw on that day in Cuba as well as the storm clouds that accompanied, I saw the power of God in nature.

This watercolor sketch  I developed from that experience.

A Trip Down Highway 97

I love to ride highway 97 from Rocky Mount toward Hobgood, NC.   It has always seemed to me, as I crossed the bridge leaving Rocky Mount, that I was going back in time to the decade of the 1960’s   The rural landscape hasn’t changed much as the road takes you through scenic farmland.   Soon the road curves and passes the Boseman Farmhouse; rebuilt after the fire about a decade ago.   I love the shade trees that surround this beautiful home and at first glance you would really never know it had been totally destroyed by the fire.

Leggett is the next community on the drive and my destination for this particular blog.  After passing Big Jim’s gas station my eyes landed on these gondolas all lined up, awaiting the next harvest.   I  have never asked but I believe these containers are for harvesting peanuts.  Eastern NC is a great place to be. It has been my home since 1987.May

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Grandma’s Raleigh NC Home

Recently my wife, Anna, discovered a photo in some old pictures.  I have taken the photo and developed this painting.  Turns out the home is the home of William Cannady and his bride Clyde Beatrice Cannady, Anna’s grandparents. 

The house was located in the 600 block of New Bern Ave. In Raleigh, NC.  The best I can tell, after a brief investigation,  it was built in the late 1800’s.   Mr. and Mrs. Cannady lived there in the 1940’s.  

 

Prayer of the Children

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Sometime back I did this sketch of a child praying.   At my local church choir rehearsal last evening,  we were rehearsing a piece entitled “Prayer of the Children” ( words and music by Kurt Bestor).  I was reminded of this work and wanted to share it with you.  “Prayer of the Children” is about innocent children all over the world who are caught up in war as well as the gun violence we experience in our own schools in the United States today.   If you have a moment check out this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkHkmRUpq-o

Blessings to you!

LaCount Anderson

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.”