Saturday, April 4, 2015

Saturday Spotlight #13: A Miraculous Ability


Easter weekend seems a good time to remember that miracles do happen - every day. Especially when we make them happen - with determination, courage, effort, and stamina.  An example of this is the work of artist Paul Smith (1921-2007).

The intricacy and detail of Paul's work is mind-boggling. I was first introduced to Paul's art in a Facebook post, originally shared by The Idealist Revolution. The photo appeared to be of a black and white drawing of a lion and a cub. The Facebook caption read: 
“My jaw dropped to the floor when I realized what this image really was. Wow.”  
Not seeing anything out of the ordinary, curiosity go the best of me, and I clicked on it.

Here's the photo:




It was my turn for my jaw to drop.  An awesome picture - but truly miraculous work of art, when you find out how it was created!


The only thing I can create on a typewriter are letters, words and paragraphs. I am in awe of Paul Smith's talent!
Paul Smith suffered from a severe form of cerebral palsy.  At a young age, he taught himself to create pictures using ten keys on a typewriter.  He produced all of his art this way! Anyone who has the opportunity to see his pictures is likely to be impressed; anyone who knows the story behind how they were created is likely to be astonished. (To learn more about Paul, view the You Tube video embedded at the bottom of this post.)

The next time I am suffering from writers block, I am going to think of Paul.

I know that not everyone who reads this blog celebrates Easter, but to everyone who does, Happy Easter! To everyone else, Happy weekend!

If you still need an Easter dessert, take a peek at the post I published yesterday, which featured Mango-Peach Blackberry Pie and a link to my recipe for Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie



To see more of Paul Smith's Art work, visit the Paul Smith Typewriter Artist Facebook page.


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18 comments :

  1. Holy Lord - a gift and truly an amazing talent. beautiful!

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    1. Pretty incredible, isn't it Marisa? I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

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  2. What an amazingly talented man! I couldn't believe that he made it with a typewriter! Great post, Susan! I hope you have a terrific Easter.

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    1. I hope your Easter was wonderful too, Rena! I loved the photos of the babies on Instagram!

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  3. Wow! So inspirational. Shows that you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Thanks for sharing this Susan! Have a wonderful Easter!

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    1. I momentarily thought about typing a simple design for my typewriter photo ... and then realized how frustrating that would be... I can't imagine how he typed such intricate pictures, especially with cerebral palsy!

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  4. and I can't even TYPE accurately...what an amazing talent

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    1. My thoughts exactly. He used a typewriter - remember when we couldn't just backspace to erase?!

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  5. Happy Easter, Susan. Hope the Easter bunny was good to you! Awesome art by a very talented person. What tedious work it must have been.

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    1. I hope your Easter was wonderful as well Lynn! Nothing like a little snow to make it feel like Easter in Montana :)

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  6. What an amazing man. Talent and tenacity. In equal quantities. How lucky we are that he persisted, and that creating (and sharing) beauty are so obviously integral to who he is.

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    1. I totally agree. From the video, it seems that in addition to being an amazing artist, he was a very nice guy as well!

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  7. Wow, I thought the picture was amazing without even knowing how he made it.

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  8. How mind blowing. This is so amazing. Very impressed with his talent. And....I love lions. Good stuff. Take care. Have a great week.

    Irish

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    1. Some people just don't know the word impossible - Paul Smith was one of them I think! Glad to have found your blog Irish ... Thanks for your Top 100 Passionate People posts; I have found some great new blogs to follow there!

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  9. Astounding! Going to his page to see more . . .

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  10. Were you as astonished as I was, Diane - by the sheer volume of the artwork Paul Smith produced? So much talent - and patience! I would have liked to have met him.

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