Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Inspirational painting

Today I want to share a picture with you.

This painting is one of a pair, both very similar scenes.

There are a couple reasons I find this painting impressive and inspiring.

The detail is not portrayed very clearly in this photo, but there is a lot of texture to this work. It was part of an assignment for an art class, one where the artist was supposed to paint a picture without using paintbrushes. They could use any other tool they wanted to apply the paint to the canvass, just not a paintbrush. Talk about having to get creative to get the desired effect!

The other reason is that the man who painted this picture was blue/green color blind, blues and greens merely different shades of gray to him. Because of this, the artist’s preferred medium was pen and ink – he didn’t have to worry about color with that. But he did not let that stop him. He stepped outside his comfort zone to create a work of beauty – then he did it again!

How do I know so much about this piece and the artist? It was painted by my grandpa.

Okay, so maybe I’m biased, but his painting is not just a part of my history or my legacy, it is also a symbol of what any of us can do if we strive to do what everyone else thinks is impossible.

Does it inspire you too? Have a comment? Please share!


  1. Art like that is enough to inspire a blind man to see!

  2. An amazing work of art! So glad that you found and posted it. I couldn't do that well not being color blind and using brushes. Very inspirational, your grandpa was very talented. Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Beautiful picture and one very talented Grandpa! What did he use to paint it with?

    1. He used several tools - sponge, pallet knife, the handle of a paintbrush and some others. I can't remember all of them off the top of my head.