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

Caged Bird

By Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.

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.