The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Thursday, March 11, 2010

When I grow up, I want to be like Elsie

Thought some of my artist friends might enjoy a recent feature article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  It's about an 85-year-old artist named Elsie Dresch. She's been an artist all her life, but somewhere around her 84th birthday, she decided to hold a solo show for her 85th birthday, with 85 paintings she would paint between the two birthdays.  Somewhere around her 84th painting, she fell and broke her right wrist. She's right-handed. How many people do you know would give up right there and only show 84 paintings? Or maybe include an older painting in hopes no one would notice? Apparently Elsie is not that type. She painted number 85 with her left hand, and still managed to hang 85 new pieces in her solo show. And she doesn't do small paintings, either. They are in the 36x48 or even 48x72 inch range. With her non-dominant hand!

Here are some links:
The article
Her website
Her gallery

I have a new goal. When I grow up, I want to be like Elsie.

1 comment:

  1. What an inspirational lady! Wow! Her paintings look terrific! She surely is making paintings at a speed hard to believe. Great story!