Monday, July 1, 2013

Looking toward the beauty

In the face of so much tragedy which has been brought onto my home state & close to the community I grew up in I read about unbelievable.  There is a 3 1/2 year old autistic girl named Iris Helmshaw, who lives in England and paints the most beautiful watercolors.  Seriously her artwork is reflective of is that striking.  Here is an excerpt from the article posted on Yahoo (here is the link to the entire post

"You probably recognize the names of artists like Picasso, Renoir, and Van Gogh. How about Halmshaw? You might not know that last painter's name yet, but you do now. Iris Halmshaw is a 3-year-old painter from England taking the art world by storm. You can view some of her astonishing artwork here on her website.
So how does a 3-year-old find art fame? Since Iris is autistic and does not speak, painting has been a therapeutic way for her to express herself. Her mother said she looked for ways to help control Iris's tantrums and one day discovered that painting soothed her. She put the first of Iris's paintings titled "Patience" on Facebook, where it surprisingly got a lot of attention and inquiries for purchase.
Not only has Iris been featured in newspapers, but she has the art world talking. A private collector just bought two of her original pieces for over $2,000, and inquiries are coming in from all over the world. Her work will even be featured in an exhibit in central London. Proceeds from the sale of Iris's art will go toward paying for costly therapy sessions." 

Below are a couple of examples of her is truly amazing.  Shows the amazing talents children with disabilities have when given the opportunity to share them.

Remember to be aware in the beauty which comes in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and people.  Also, please keep the families of the 19 firefighters and those who have fallen victim to the fire on Yarnell Hill which has destroyed 8300+ acres thus far.

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