Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Take a look at THIS!

My best friend Lizzee sent me this most amazing story. I had to share it with you. If anyone has ever seen Daniel Day Lewis' amazing acting job in "My Left Foot" they'll understand the effort it must have taken this gentleman to create his art:

Pictures from a Typewriter

He lived at Rose Haven Nursing Home
( Roseburg, OR) for years. Paul Smith, the man with extraordinary talent was born in Philadelphia 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, 2007, but left behind a collection of his amazing artwork that will be an inspiration for many..


4evergapeach said...

I had never heard this story. His work is truly a work of art and amazing! Some of Gods gifts are hidden in wondrous ways! Thank you for sharing. :)

Pam said...

This is amazing! I wish I could see them up close to see the key strokes.

Betty said...

That is truly inspiring!
It´s amazing what people can do, if they put there mind to it.
You really can´t tell these pic´s are made up of key strokes!

Greta said...

That is SO AMAZING!! I had never heard of this. To think he used a simple typewriter... Goes to show we can use everyday tools for extra-ordinary results.
Thanks for sharing that.