I really like this quote. Knowing that life is indeed a grand thing, even in the face of adversity, is what makes us strong enough to get through the troubles and back to better times.
I discovered Agatha Christie's books when I was in the 7th grade. I read every book of hers that I could find and the librarian would order new ones in for me. My interest held through high school and I had read most of her books. Perhaps it is time to revisit some of them.
I love the quote too, Zany and truly lived in Agatha Christie's world for many young teen aged years.
The painting was done to donate to the local Autism Awareness group; they are having a big Gala event tonight and will have an auction of donations to raise money to fund more children's programs or whatever they need.
Name: Mary The dry side of Oregon Be yourself, you can be no one else
Sharon, your painting shows so much movement and life! I hope the winner of it at the auction will treasure it.
Speaking of Agatha Christie, my hubby's favorite actor is David Suchet as Hercule Poriot, one of her more famous characters. We have watched the British TV series whenever it is available. The character is so meticulous and eccentric, and not at all like the real David Suchet.
Jon, I'm glad you are far from the earthquakes this time.
And I hope the new owner of your painting is someone who has an autistic child at home because I know you researched autism and chose the subject with autistic children in mind. Why don't you copy/paste the explanation from the other thread, Sharon, or just retype it.
Page numbers don't count because each of us has it set to a different number in our preferences. And too, most everyone here also reads the Blue Garden chat thread so it would be repetitious.
Short version . . I've taught a few autistic children over the years and I know each of them is different, different levels of the spectrum. Those who were 'mainstreamed ' into my studio art classes were already recognized as having a ' basic ' interest in art. And they were probably older than 15 because I only taught older teens.
What I learned from them is this, they don't 'see' things as we do. We look at the petal of a flower and it is a single shape, usually it's oval, we see the solid oval shape, let's say it's yellow. So we paint the petal yellow. We pay very little attention to what's behind it. Many of the autistic children with whom I worked saw the same petal but they saw it as 'lines', not random lines but lines that followed the shape of the petal and continued to form that linear movement throughout the entire object he/she was painting. They saw things in pieces, un- connected pieces. Their work was/is very very linear.
It was all those lines that caught my attention, not colors or shapes, but the lines. I see it often when I look at art work that has been done by one who is on the Autistic Spectrum. I wonder sometimes if perhaps Van Gogh might have been Autistic. This is the very best example of a linear 'painting'.
We? who are we? I don't see things as most do. Am I different in some way? Am I autistic? I don't know.
I am certainly different to most. I see things in a different way to most people, I hear music in my head, is that normal? I don't know, can someone tell me they have the same? I seem to know things before they happen, is that normal? Perhaps everybody has the same I don't know, I wish i did.