Colors of the WindBy J.L Powers (Author), George Mendoza (Illustrations)
The story of Blind artist and champion runner
George wanted to become a basketball player when he grew up. He was an active child and loved to run around. But one day, he looked out of the window and saw “the whole world painted red”. “That’s strange!” he thought. George never fumbled with his basketball before. But that day all he could see where red, orange and yellow squiggle lines! He also started having severe headaches. The doctor delivered some sad news. “You are losing your sight”, he informed George.
But George didn’t lose his sight all at once. He could see flashes of color, brilliant and bright, even at night! At a camp, a blind friend asked him, “What color is the wind?” George said,”The wind is the color of the rainbow, it has all the colors of the world.”
A priest advised him, “George, nobody sees the world the way you do! Why don’t you paint what you see?” But George was not convinced. Instead he decided to run. He ran fast and long. When he ran, he forgot he was blind. He forgot his worries. Running tired him out. He discovered he could really run! He even went on to run in the Olympics.. twice!
But one day his best friend died in an accident. George suddenly realized that life is short. At the church, he pondered deeply about the purpose of life.. his life. That’s when he saw brilliant lights. Light that surrounded him, engulfed him. He decided that he would capture this in his paintings. And he decided his life was worth something. That he could talk to people and encourage everyone to find their purpose in life.
This is a wondrous story.. a story about a man who is almost blind, but this does not stop him from reaching his potential. The art work in the book “Colors of the Wind” are the original illustrations by George Mendoza. Bright, brilliant and captivating, these vibrant paintings give us a glimpse into what George actually sees.
Author J.L Powers rights with heart. In short simple sentences she captures the work and angst of a man who found his “vision”. There is an extensive “Author’s note” with more information about George and his work. And the end pages include a few more of his paintings to pursue.
Inspiring and colorful!
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