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JackR's Avatar Comment 1 by JackR

That's not God! That's Noel Edmonds!!


Mon, 22 Jan 2007 14:52:00 UTC | #16699

Ivar's Avatar Comment 2 by Ivar

There are some realy nice paintings between those. The real interesting part is ofcourse what genes are responsible for this kind of talent.

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 14:55:00 UTC | #16700


He sort of looks like the last American Idol winner, whatever his name is, but without the gray hair.

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 15:04:00 UTC | #16703

Fedler's Avatar Comment 4 by Fedler

The accompanying article from quotes:

"Psychiatrists that have spent time with Akiane can't explain why she is a linguistic genius. They call it a miracle."

Her poetry is good, but not worthy of 'miracle' status. I agree with Ivar, some people are amazingly gifted (Mozart, Einstein, Da Vinci, etc.) and it would be interesting to some day find out how this level of skill is manifested in someone so young.

The fact she paints 'god' or what she claims to be god/heaven, or that she had an atheist mother, means nothing in and of itself. It's hard NOT to have god in your face at some point in today's society.

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 15:05:00 UTC | #16704

The author's Avatar Comment 5 by The author

She really is pretty good. I'd even go so far and call her a genius. Genius and insanity als close friends, perhaps that's the reason for all that god stuff.

Sorry, someone just had to write that. But I'm sure she will become reasonable one day.

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 15:16:00 UTC | #16706

scottishgeologist's Avatar Comment 6 by scottishgeologist

Pictures of God eh?

Better keep her away from the real nutjob fundies then:

"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above..." Exodus 20:4

Probably the penalty involves being raped, stoned, sold into slavery or some other "loving" stuff...

Anyway, what's the big deal, there was a picture of God on his cloud a couple of days ago on this site. Didnt look like the kids painting though - he was fat bald and ugly...

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 15:22:00 UTC | #16707

Thad's Avatar Comment 7 by Thad

Dawkins concept that the God Delusion stems from the childhood stage, a type of imprinting, where unquestioned belief in parental stories is an evolutionary development is challenged here if true.

Prodigy in Art is a very rare thing. Chess, math and music seems to be the areas where prodigy is expressed.

There is no doubt she has exquisite talent. It would take a long time to invent a brain scanner that could parse those neurons.

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 15:27:00 UTC | #16708

wayne's Avatar Comment 8 by wayne

Finally, definative proof that God is a White guy! Ha!

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 15:44:00 UTC | #16709

seals's Avatar Comment 9 by seals

The video was jerky and the sound intermittent, but from what I could see, too nauseatingly chocolate box-y ... (IMO) and the hands are way too small!

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 16:03:00 UTC | #16710

Ivar's Avatar Comment 10 by Ivar

There is talk about the mother and not being raised with religious background. She also describes the man in the picture as "masculine". So there may be some kind of replacement going on in her very creative but young mind for a missing father. She draws a very archetypical picture of God, I think it's very possible that she is introduced in her social environment with religion, and being told how loving this God is, there you will possibly find the root of the religious link she has fantasized. Anyway, she's one talented girl.

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 16:09:00 UTC | #16712

AtheistJunkie's Avatar Comment 11 by AtheistJunkie

I think I'm gonna be sick

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 16:19:00 UTC | #16714

kcjerith's Avatar Comment 12 by kcjerith

Wow, how shocking, her painting of god is a white male (of course i haven't looked at other paintings of hers)! I wonder where she could have ever found such an image? of course she is gifted, but it is very conveinant for her picture of god to be white.

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 16:38:00 UTC | #16716

kcjerith's Avatar Comment 13 by kcjerith

ok watched the video, first, i was a wrong, I did see a black women (though not sure if that is supposed to be god or what). However, yet again, nothing she painting has any hint of the "supernatural" to it. She is clearly gifted and she is an active imgaination.
On a side note, though her parents were (are? not sure if the kid got the to convert) athiest, yet they talked about god? How odd, I mean even if you are athiest you think you might bring this concept up with your kid, you know, since the majority of the world is reiligous. Or was that just reporter b.s.?

Ivar, while I can't disagree with you, I would be hestiant to draw to many psy conculsions based on what little info was giving. Though I bet you are on the right track

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 16:45:00 UTC | #16717

StephenH's Avatar Comment 14 by StephenH

very funny comment Jack :)

I don't see the point of going into arguments regarding skin color. We're talking non-human invisible deity here

This girl is clearly a talented artist, no doubt about that

So sad that CNN give coverage to something like this. On a quiet news day, i could understand, but today is not a quiet news day

edit: can you imagine the outcry from the Muslim communities if an Artist drew a painting of the prophet !!

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 16:52:00 UTC | #16719

Duff's Avatar Comment 15 by Duff

Does being an ex-Idaho guy give me any latitude in this discussion???? No...well anyway.
Being an ex-Mormon, I see a definite connection of her paintings and an old Mormon painter, whose name I can't remember. I will posit that she has had those paintings in her head since childhood, on the wall of her bedroom, and she has plagiarized them.
This stuff is no more original in the Mormon culture than Michealango would have been in the Catholic culture.
I dare say she is a plagiarist of the first magnitude. A genius? Well, maybe as a copyist. Which is a skill of its own.

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 16:53:00 UTC | #16721

eccles's Avatar Comment 16 by eccles

I think there should be an investigation into who got at her. So many Pedophiles and whackos out there.

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 17:00:00 UTC | #16723

Zaphod's Avatar Comment 17 by Zaphod

Why is it that god always needs a shave and a haircut.

No barbers in heaven?

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 17:04:00 UTC | #16725

Zaphod's Avatar Comment 18 by Zaphod

This girl is very talented. Supposedly her mother is an atheist and god isn't talked about in the home.

What I have got to ask is why does god always reveal himself in these secret, esoteric, mystical ways. Why doesn't he just appear on CNN or something. Mabye fox news lol.

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 17:07:00 UTC | #16727

Zaphod's Avatar Comment 19 by Zaphod

I think this girl should get an MRI done. Just incase.

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 17:08:00 UTC | #16728

Tomcat's Avatar Comment 20 by Tomcat

I'd like to see her do one of the Almighty Flying Spaghetti Monster

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 17:31:00 UTC | #16729

savroD's Avatar Comment 21 by savroD

This is a classic example of a poor story with poor writing. They say she's painting god when she really paints jesus. I would really like to see CNN report her as painting god and showing that picture of the spaghetti monster. People are so wonderfully gullible, the good shepherd indeed!

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 18:10:00 UTC | #16736

kcjerith's Avatar Comment 22 by kcjerith

StephenH, the only reason I mention skin color is that since she is a white girl (and probably raised by a white family) that her "visions" are likely to reflect her envrionment.

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 18:43:00 UTC | #16742

CruciFiction's Avatar Comment 23 by CruciFiction

Does resemble the 'real' Jesus here:

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 18:48:00 UTC | #16744

Algebratheist's Avatar Comment 24 by Algebratheist

a lot of prodigies have or end up having severe mental disoreders like schizophrenia, artistic temperament etc

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 20:09:00 UTC | #16753

Healing One's Avatar Comment 25 by Healing One

The last and most memorable noted that all she'd do was stand around and diddle on the canvas with a brush while a witness was there. The girl's father would explain it away, the girl'd eventualy get tired, and the witness would leave for lunch or to allow a break. When they'd come back the painting would be done, or all but, and the father would explain that she'd had a burst of creativity and she worked like that.

Supposedly this happened more than once, and the father was going to let someone watch again so they'd see a full work done. As far as I know it's never happened - but who knows.

Something about her painting skills seems suspect. Why are there no videos on her website of her actually painting?

Watch the video carefully when she is "painting" from minute 1:33 to 1:36 and from minute 2:49 to 3:04. Pause the video frequently to observe the pallet, brushes, strokes, color choices, and color mixing techniques. What do you notice?

I am more impressed that at the age of nine she had figured out all by herself how to put the penumbra and "bump" on the shadow of Jesus's nose. The Caravaggio lighting is pretty cool too. The way she gets that bodacious impasto by dabbing, dabbing, and licking with those tiny little brushes is a miracle.

Did this self taught painter actually paint "Father Forgive Them", "Madonna with Child" or the "African American Woman with Child"? Are either the father and/or mother painters? Has anyone asked them?

Could the parents be directly involved in creating these paintings? Her prints are selling for between $1,800 and $3,000 a piece. Is the income from her paintings a significant portion of the family's income? This family enterprise needs to be investigated thoroughly. (

Who or whom is the painter? You can analyze her paintings at ( Are they copies of other artist's work? Is this a Marjoe level family fraud?

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 22:18:00 UTC | #16758

Roy_H's Avatar Comment 26 by Roy_H

Wonderful talent!,even if the paintings do remind me of what might be called "Victorian Sentimentalism". The story seems very "Joan of Arc" ( young girl, visions of God ) to me.

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 23:15:00 UTC | #16764

Homo economicus's Avatar Comment 27 by Homo economicus

Well it would be easy to test that she is the painter. A lot of artists talk about inspiration in a metaphysical sense, so for a child to think of it in a God like way is not that unexpected.

The paintings look good, and her talent can only grow with experience. Who knows what will inspire her as life goes on?

Cannot help but think how we would treat her if she claimed these things but had no creative talent what so ever.

Wonder if she does commissions. I would love a painting of mythology with a pink unicorn running away into the sunset.

Tue, 23 Jan 2007 00:49:00 UTC | #16767

Grandt's Avatar Comment 28 by Grandt

I wonder how she would paint Mohammed then... :-)

Tue, 23 Jan 2007 01:03:00 UTC | #16768

ridelo's Avatar Comment 29 by ridelo

If have the impression that when you really want to make it in the religion scene nowadays you have to say that you are a converted atheist.

Tue, 23 Jan 2007 01:29:00 UTC | #16772

Pantore's Avatar Comment 30 by Pantore

CNN steps further away from being a credible news scource?

Lol CNN bringing credible news?

That's probably going to be the biggest joke of 2007.
CNN is a brainwashing machine and I'm realy surprised how naive people can be.

Tue, 23 Jan 2007 01:51:00 UTC | #16773