Friday, April 05, 2002


Noooo..not Santa...Jesus! Yes, Jesus is everywhere and Jesus is with you always. That's the theme behind this incredible site by self-taught artist Larry Van Pelt. He conceived a series of Jesus - Always With You images that places the divine one right over the shoulder of working folks in every day life. No religious mysteries for Larry! He likes his diety close at hand.

According to a Larry-scribed history posted at the site, The enclosed images are from 11x14 pencil drawings that are the result of an undertaking that began on Thanksgiving Day, 1987. I was awakened in the middle of the night with a clear, vivid impression that the Lord wanted me to do some special drawings -- drawings depicting ordinary people in their everyday environment . . . . with one important addition: the presence of Jesus Christ and His involvement in those routine activities.

It was also clear that the task would be allotted ten years to produce results -- an important consideration, considering the fact that I had never drawn anything before, had no training in drawing, and had never really been interested in drawing.

Beat that Wesley Willis! This is amazing, must see stuff. Folk art has never been quite so...folky. In fact, Jesus looks like a generic shaggy, early-70s folksinger, all beard, robe and stoned smile as he watches over a dental assistant (above), carpet layer, farmer, insurance agent, executive, french horn player, bank teller, artist, welder, organist and many others. There's an unnatural lumpiness in many of the faces, but the achievement is quite impressive nonetheless.

We are all blessed, each and every one. Thank you Larry. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now...can I get that Jesus watching over a Barber-Stylist on a t-shirt?

BTW -props to the witty blog TRASH HEAP for turning me on to this.

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