Sunday, March 23, 2014

Artist of the Day - The incredible Paul Smith!

I can take no credit for painstakingly browsing through the artwork featured on my various art association galleries to find this gentleman.  This was actually the easiest discovery ever.  He was brought to my attention via an email from my cousin Karen.  Thanks Kar!  As a matter of fact, I am going to simply copy and paste the information as presented in the email to tell his amazing story.

Just a Typewriter
He lived at Rose Haven Nursing Home ( Roseburg , OR ) for years.  Paul Smith, the man with extra ordinary 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.
There are quite a few examples of Paul's artwork included in the email, so I'll
post a few of them here to showcase his accomplishments.  Enjoy!  If anyone would like to see more of the artwork, please let me know, and I'll be happy to forward the email to you. 



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

DailyPaintworks Auctions

Well, here I am playing catch-up again.  I just realized that it has been about 3 months since my last posting.  By the way, I'd like to thank everyone who made my last post, dedicated to my Dad, my most read blog posting ever.  So, now it's back to the usual stuff, if you will.  I have an endless supply of new artists that I will be introducing here over the upcoming posts as my Artist of the Day selections.  First up though, will be a couple of my recent additions to my DailyPaintworks Gallery.

Game Face
Those of you who follow my work will recognize "Game Face" as the avatar I use for my Facebook page, although it is new to my DailyPaintworks Gallery.  In fact, most of the work posted in my blogs will be recognized from my other online galleries/storefronts and my website.  But here's a newsflash, over the next few weeks, I will be posting some brand new artwork which I have been hoarding for the past six months or so.  My old printer/scanner/copier was not producing quality scans for some reason. Probably just wore out, like the rest of us old fogies. So, since Fran needed fax capability for work, I upgraded to a printer/scanner/copier/fax machine which seems to be doing the job so far. I upgraded the computer at the same time, since Window XP is no longer supported.  So now I have a new problem.  All of my old software which I used for building my web pages and creating my notecards, etc. is not compatible with Windows 8.1.  So it looks like my  thumb drive will come in quite handy as I'll have to transfer work from the new computer to the old computer to work on website, notecards, etc.  For a little while, at least,  I'll be adding new artwork here and to my galleries/storefronts before I post them to my website. 
Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse
Next up is last weeks addition to the DailyPaintworks Gallery, "Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse", which was recognized as one of DPW's Facebook Picks of the Day.  Located just south of Yachats, Oregon, the privately owned and built lighthouse, constructed in 1976, is visible from Highway 101, but is not open to the public. The name is taken from the hymn "He Hideth My Soul in the Cleft of the Rock", by Fanny J. Crosby.  "Cleft of the Rock Lighthouse" is one of 10 Oregon Coast Lighthouses for which I've done renderings.  This piece is already framed and part of my collection.  Clicking on the titles beneath the images will take you over to their respective  DPW auction page, while clicking on the titles within the text of these paragraphs will take you over to their FineArtAmerica page, where you can see larger versions of the artwork, as well as navigate around through the Galleries.