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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Paul Smith...a special form of art

This was sent to me by a dear friend and I wanted to share it with my bloggers because it made me think of how fortunate we are to be able to be the masters of our own lives, and still complain for what we cannot accomplish; while there are other less fortunate beings that are happy to be able to use the few resources that they possess to see and create beauty and offer it to us, the privileged ones, to recreate our minds.  God has his ways...
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.

Typewriter Art
Can you believe that this art was created using a typewriter?

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