The other day I came across I guy called Hal Lasko. He’s some 98 year old American (you could have guessed that from the name “Hal” couldn’t you?) dude who’s a painter.
Big deal, nothing special about that so far. Ok, but he’s also partially blind and pretty much deaf. Still not impressed? Why would you be, you don’t even need to hear to paint, right?
But then I tell you that he does all his “painting” on Microsoft Paint 95 and things start to get interesting.
Apparently, in the late 90s, his sons introduced him to the legendary software after his eyesight started to deteriorate and he thought his painting days were over.
Unlike the rest of us who played about with it for 10 minutes in an IT lesson when the teacher wasn’t looking but then got bored, this old man stuck at it.
Day after day, he’s been hunched over his old desktop clicking pixels onto the “canvas”, and soon enough he had created some pretty cool work.
Just shows you what you can do with a bit of patience (and creative vision, an eye for composition and general artistic ability).
Here’s a little video that explains all about him and his paintings.
This one is my favourite (below), particularly because from a distance it really doesn’t look like it’s just pixels. The amount of depth he’s achieved and the colour palate is really something special.
Here are some more examples of his work that I like, but you can google him and find the rest.