This retired man in Japan uses the Excel spreadsheet software on his computer to make “paintings” (パソコン画 — pasokon-ga — “pasokon” is the Japanese portmanteau for personal computer + “ga” means picture).
He’s quite a character. So maybe it’s not about the tools. It’s about the person.
Here’s a little more about him from Spoon & Tamago.
And there’s more information, and images here, where it says Mr. Horiuchi won the official “Ageless Award” this year, proving that retirement can indeed be the start of a second life, and reminding us about how important it is to have a purpose and goals in life.
This artist draws … and draws and draws.
I liked the comment about how when she was in Japan, she used a fine pen. But when she went to the U.S. “everything was bigger and bolder” so she started using a bigger pen.
DailyArt is a free educational app for your phone that helps you learn a little about art. Each day, you’ll see a work of art, accompanied by a short text with description and sometimes an interesting backstory. It’s a way to get a little English input and feel like you’re visiting a musuem every day or getting a short art history lecture.
This is today’s selection:
In Japan, he’s known as George the Monkey (おさるのジョージ). Easy to understand, but not as descriptive.
Did you know that he escaped the Nazis during WW2? Here’s the story:
I was looking around for something else related to Curious George and found a couple of easy-to-read articles:
“Curious George celebrates 76th birthday”
“85-year-old cycles from home to library every day”
The second one isn’t really about the character; it’s about this elderly man’s energy, inquisitiveness, and love of reading. Towards the end of the article, it says that people who know him were asked to liken him to a character in a book. One person said he was like Curious George.
That leads to a writing prompt for people who like to read fiction: Which character in fiction do you most resemble? How about a parent or grandparent or a teacher or coach? Or an eccentric neighbor?