Hal Lasko, also known as Grandpa, turned 98 years old on Sunday. Hal served in WWII drafting directional and weather maps for bombing raids. He worked as a graphic designer in Cleveland, Ohio during some of the most amazing years in advertising. At night, he painted. Hal eventually retired from American Greetings in 1970. They continue to use the font he created, Lasko Script, to this day.
Long after he retired, Hal’s family showed him Microsoft Paint (MS Paint), a basic painting program that comes free with Microsoft Windows. He was hooked, painting on the computer up to ten hours a day. Grandpa lost some of his vision in 2005 due to wet macular degeneration. He has also lost much of his hearing but continues to soldier on with his art. His work is considered a blend of pointillism and 8-bit pixel art. Hal has not only an amazing creative gift but also an uplifting and inspiring outlook on life.
The computer is just such a wonderful way to design. It’s a wonderful way for people with poor eyesight and poor hearing to spend their time. I feel more creative now than when I was actually painting.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
I’ve been remiss in posting photos of the Lego swim bag I made for Mason. It was part of his “school’s over and you did great” gift, along with a new snorkel and mask. The bag is made from blocks that use the bobble stitch to emulate Lego studs. I made the back in a meshy pattern since it doesn’t have to hold anything but a towel, shorts and swim toys.
Also, the training wheels came off last Friday and surprise, surprise, Mason can ride a bike!
THE SQUARES – WEEK 30
Milestone alert… blanket number SIX is complete! Square one is a colour experiment with the Corner Start Diagonal pattern. I also felt like some stripes this week. Square four is a “J” for the It-Feels-Like-This-Alphabet-Blanket-Is-Never-Going-To-Be-Finished project; despite the name, I’m bound and determined to finish this blanket. Square seven is a Magic Knot special, making use of all the little ends I had hanging around.
Square Count: 210