A massive search is ongoing off the eastern seaboard of the United States for two teen boys, experienced boaters, who have been lost at sea. Drownings tend to affect me in a deep place, which is why one of the unpublished hymns in Depth of Praise was inspired by the massive loss of migrants in the Mediterranean as people try to escape wars and other troubles and make for Europe. Not knowing the fate of loved ones is also something that speaks to me; I would not wish that pain upon anyone, no matter the species of, relationship to, or circumstances surrounding the loss.
Together, these experiences inspired me to dedicate a prayer to these boys. May they find peace, in the arms of their families or arms of the gods. I will make offerings in favor of their fates being known sooner, rather than later.
I got some surprisingly positive feedback from my first Poseidon drawing. Not only did Sannion give me props, it’s actually been spoken for by a backer for my crowdfunding campaign to illustrate Depth of Praise.
Far be it for me to look a gift horse in the mouth. If stick-figure drawings of divinities tickle your donation-bone, I’ll tickle.
I am pleased to present nineteen more drawings of Poseidon, each a unique piece of art created with authentic Sharpie markers on actual printer paper. These differ from my first work in two significant ways:
- They are much smaller, which allows me to bring down the price of both the art and the shipping. One of these could be flying to your door for as little as ten US dollars, a rock-bottom price that includes shipping anywhere in the United States of America and Canada.
- Each represents Poseidon as described by one of the epithets I praise in the book. The montage here offers some tantalizing hints how I visually interpret his many titles, but it’s my words that I trust will thoroughly knock your socks off.
Here’s the rub: you don’t get to choose which one you get. I’m going to let Poseidon complete that task. Considering how much work writing and publishing all these hymns is creating for me, it seems only fair to ask him to share the burden. I’ll perform divination to confirm his wishes in this matter.
Ten-dollar Poseidon drawings? Where else are you going to find a deal like that?
Today’s Kickstarter update was a musing on what an illustration of Poseidon Phytalmius might look like. There are so many really excellent pictures drawn of Poseidon relating to the ocean, but not so many covering his earth-god aspects. That’s really part of why I want to illustrate Depth of Praise, to visually call out his more-than-just-the-ocean-ness.
Of course, if I completely ignore his watery ways, I may end up all wet myself. Rest assured, breathless reader, I shall not. Indeed, my first illustration has been sold, and I am contemplating creating a few more to capture such epithets as “he who dashes against” and “of the coast” in my inimitable style. While you wait, feel free to dangle this post in front of anyone who might be willing to help get this project funded, or who has a bunch of friends in such circles.
I visited the Hudson River yesterday to record a video for my campaign to raise money to illustrate Depth of Praise. There was some technological drama, and I’m still not sure if the video is viewable, but I assure it that it brilliantly captured my passion for Poseidon.
Which might actually seem odd to some folks, given that I have never been particularly drawn to the sea. I’ve lived near it, my dad was really fascinated by tall ships, I’ve had family members express how much they yearn to look at the ocean when they’ve been away for a long time, but it’s never been the center of my life, nor of my relationship with Poseidon.
The Hudson is, nevertheless, very special. You can smell the brine as the tide turns in this vast estuary. You can feel him reaching up into the ancient Appalachians among which this river flows. He is here.
In my latest Kickstarter campaign update, I delve into the mystery of the ducks, and why I am asking a Ben Franklin of people who want a little rubber one lubed with some oil.
Drink in the thoughts I share, and by all means, consider helping me illustrate my Poseidon devotional — reward levels start at just one dollar, after all.
While I have received some feedback suggesting that my own illustration style is awesome, this is about much more than me. It’s about Poseidon, a mighty god who deserves to recapture some of the honor given him in antiquity. It’s also about putting artists to work. If you know someone who is incredibly talented but still has to flip burgers or sell lottery tickets to put food on the table, this campaign is for them.
The gods and job creation. What better reasons to contribute could you possibly have than those?
To fund illustrations for my book Depth of Praise, I’m running a Kickstarter campaign. Today, I’m offering an exclusive-and-unique new reward: my very own art.
Poseidon lifts his trident, 2015 by Terence P Ward, all rights reserved
This image, Sharpie marker on legal-sized printer paper, captures exactly why I am seeking funds to professionally illustrate this book. You’ll receive this original work, mailed flat, for just $30 plus shipping and handling.
In case I’ve not yet made the case well enough, check out the video and decide for yourself.
It’s pretty exciting to have backers for my project. Here’s an update for today, including my prayer to Poseidon Phytalmius.