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With One Finger

November 1, 2006 at 11:59 PM

A friend of mine went to a market in Toronto last month. One of the booths belonged to a woman with cerebral palsy, and she could no longer speak or move....except for one finger. She used cards to communicate. Her sale? Art. Her art! She paints, with one finger!!!!

My friend found amid her work, some cards with paintings of two cats on it, and thought of me (I am a bit crazy about my babies). The cards arrived in the mail today.

I am awed. There is so much character and love in the paintings. I will try to scan the front of one and put it on here. I tried to concieve the process in which they were painted, and I couldn't. It just made me feel warm.

And slightly aware of how easy I have it in comparison. To create art for me is so much eaisier than it is for her. Not that it necessarily means less, but the actual effort takes a bit less conviction, I think.

And the other aspect...her illness. It doesn't seem the least bit sensational. It is so very close to my heart, these cards.

It has my mind revving. When I am given a gift like this, it makes me see the world as a multimedia presentation of the sincerest sort. We are so unlimited by our desires and is just one way we portray who we are and what we find worth, well, presenting.

How multi-dimentional and beautiful we all are. One thing that strikes me about visual art sometimes is that, although it takes training and talent and skill, it is the creative aspect that is of most value. How does that, really, transfer into what I do? It seems a violinists expression and own creativity come in the way of fine details in context of another's writing. has arrived at my door....


edit: she has a website:

From Donna Clegg
Posted on November 2, 2006 at 6:31 PM
Loved your blog. A large part of my job is developing means of communication for disabled individuals who cannot use natural speech. There are so many folks with CP that have sharp minds and artistic abilities. One of my favorites is a young college freshman from Pittsburgh who uses her specialized computer for communication as well as composing music. She has studied with Lucas Richman, former conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and has been featured on several tv specials.
From Richard Hellinger
Posted on November 2, 2006 at 11:43 PM
For some reason I couldn't get on her website.

But I hope that you scan them on soon... I can't wait to see them...

From Tom Holzman
Posted on November 3, 2006 at 4:39 PM
People like that are always inspiring. I have seen a violinist without a right hand play Zigeunerweisen beautifully, and I always remember that Django Reinhardt, probably the greatest jazz guitarist in history, had the use of only two fingers on his left hand because a fire badly burned the other two.
From jennifer steinfeldt warren
Posted on November 5, 2006 at 8:39 PM
How would you play the violin without a right hand!!??? I am trying to picture it and can't even imagine how that would work...


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