Wednesday, 12 February 2014

He Only Had a Typewriter.

For the last few weeks or so I have been bemoaning the fact that I could not paint because of hospitalisation and then the pain of trying to stand or sit at my easel. Truth to be told I was suffering from a bit of the poor me's. How easy it is to feel sorry for oneself when things are not going your way. 

I have had to accept that I may not run again, and that has not been easy. If I can walk I should rejoice. I cannot move around as much as I want, but I will be able to do given time and healing.

So in the midst of all of this I read about this artist. Paul Smith.

He lived at Rose Haven Nursing Home ( Roseburg , OR ) for years. Paul Smith, the man with extraordinary talent was born on September 21, 1921, with severe cerebral palsy. Not only had Paul beaten the odds of a life with spastic cerebral palsy, a disability that impeded his speech and mobility but also taught himself to become a master artist as well as a terrific chess player even after being devoid of a formal education as a child.

"When typing, Paul used his left hand to steady his right one. Since he couldn't press two keys at the same time, he almost always locked the shift key down and made his pictures using the symbols at the top of the number keys. In other words, his pictures were based on these characters ..... @ # $ % ^ & * ( )_ . Across seven decades, Paul created hundreds of pictures. He often gave the originals away. Sometimes, but not always, he kept or received a copy for his own records. As his mastery of the typewriter grew, he developed techniques to create shadings, colors, and textures that made his work resemble pencil or charcoal drawings." 

This great man passed away on June 25, 2009, but left behind a collection of his amazing artwork that will be an inspiration for many.

Now is that not something. An example to us all, and to me in particular. Stop complaining about how life is and make the very best of what we have.  How I would have loved to have known this man I am sure he would have been such an inspiration.

I have added no artwork of my own today I leave that to Paul.

1 comment:

  1. He lived a hundred miles from me and I had not heard of him! Yeah, thanks Ralph!