87 Year Old Makes Masterpieces On Microsoft Paint
Claire Miles - February 3, 2018

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

As children,  using the computer was seen as a privilege. It was something we didn’t get to do every day, and did not take it for granted.  Nowadays, children have pocket sized computers from a very young age. It’s safe to say that the novelty of having a computer has worn off.

 

Even when our parents prohibited us for using the internet, Microsoft Paint was always there for us.  The software was already installed on every computer, and was pretty much all of our favorite past times.  Despite our parents who pushed us to spend more time outside,  we still became professionals at using the program.

 

After seeing what 87 year old Concha Garcia Zaera has created on paint, we cannot even classify our designs as pictures.  This talented woman is from Spain and has studied oil painting, however was deterred by the strong smell of the products.  Several years after straying away from oil painting, her children purchased her a computer when her husband became sick and she needed to stay home with him. She discovered on her new computer Microsoft Paint, and found a that she could create seriously impressive pictures.

 

Zaera explains that although it’s quite time consuming and requires a great deal of patience, it’s not so difficult to create.  Generally, a piece of art takes her approximately two weeks to make, and she pays close attention to every detail.  She posted her pictures on Instagram upon the suggestion of her granddaughters, and now has more than 120k followers.  While many grandparents are afraid to touch technology, Zara has fully embraced it.