Friday Funny- Porridge Prodigy Porage

Art is in the eye of the beholder as we’ve discussed before, but I found this link on DIGG.com and thought it was pretty clever: 21 childhood drawings transformed into masterpieces. Be advised the last photo is NOT a kids drawing so you may want to stop at #20.  You’ve been warned.

Here are some of my favorites to save you from clicking on sporn (porn spam, my new word):

What about some truly amazing pieces that would rival Renaissance and Contemporary masters alike painted by real child prodigies?

Here is an interesting batch of art work from a young woman, Akiane, whom started sketching when she was 4 and painting when she was 6. She writes poetry as well and is completely self-taught and has been featured on several TV shows including Oprah. Click the link to view her gallery and her incredible story.

MuscleMan, sketched age 5

The Life, painted age 6

Strength, painted age 7

Clematis Dream, painted age 8

Journey, painted age 9

Forbidden Fruit, painted age 10

Upside-Down / Inside Out, painted age 11

Now I’ve skipped up to age 16, but I wanted to show her advancement, it’s incredible. Oh, did I mention one of her works sold for $3Million?

Labyrinth

Another child prodigy is Joshua Johnson, born in 1992 and with the benefit of an artistic father his first piece went public in 2006. Here is one of his creations.

Water Lilly

For a full list of child prodigies of nearly every discipline you can go to Wikipedia and find several dozen.

Top: Jasmine, Mystery House, Intense Woman. Bottom: Enya, Tinkerbelle (uncartooned), Renee Zellweger

Oh, yeah, those are my sketches in high school and freshman year of college.  Not really prodigy material and as of today I’ve not sold a single thing for $3 million, but soon, I can feel it.

My favorite water-color, bids start at $50K.

Cracked.com in 2008 featured a nifty little piece called 8 Prodigies So Amazing They’ll Ruin Your Day; featuring the likes of Akrit Jaswal, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, William James Sidis, H.P. Lovecraft (sad story really), Okita Soji, Kim Ung-yong, Gregory Smith, and Pablo Picasso.

Serving up two nice tid-bits of Weird News reported by Chuck Shepherd a few years back regarding prodigies.

In May, eighth-grader Michael Avery of Thousand Oaks, Calif., told the hometown newspaper The Acorn that he was undecided which area high school he would attend next fall. This was a matter of interest in that Avery, 15, is a basketball prodigy and, though undecided on high school, he knows exactly where he will go to college because he had just accepted a full scholarship at the University of Kentucky beginning in 2012. The following week, Kentucky offered another one, to ninth-grader Jeremiah Davis III, to enroll in 2011. [Thousand Oaks Acorn, 5-8-08; Lexington Herald-Leader, 5-16-08]

Peru’s Emilio Cordova, 15, won the South American chess championship in January, but rather than wind up a chess-obsessed nerd, he flew from the tournament site in Argentina to Sao Paulo, Brazil, and moved in with a 29-year-old stripper. After Emilio’s two months in the fast lane, his father, with government help, went to Sao Paulo and snatched him back. [The Australian, 3-15-07]

I don’t know about you, but I don’t imagine many kids would stay committed that long to a school from 8th grade.  As it turns out, it was the school that pulled the offer after Bill Gillispie left Kentucky from Michael Avery. According to AllKYHoops.com Michael Avery is now 6’5″ and committed to attend Sonoma State a NCAA division II school. In other articles I’ve found he’s already switched high schools 3 times.

Going back to another Cracked.com article, here is an interesting bit of information about one of the most incredible women in history who displayed a mathematical prodigious aptitude at a young age; Ada Lovelace (in part due to her mother having her tutored extensively in math to try to repress any heathen artistic attitudes due to the ill-will between herself and Ada’s father, Lord Byron), but due to her sex was over-looked.

There are numerous articles out there about her, but since I loved Cracked.com so much I’m going to quote their article The 6 Most Badass Families of All Time.

Ada was Byron’s only (legitimate) child. Her mother, terrified she’d turn out to be an insane boning-machine war-hero poet like her dad, decided to go exactly the opposite way, and made her study mathematics pretty much from birth, which eventually got her into the social circle of one Charles Babbage. Babbage was kind of a mad-scientist type, and he had formulated a design for some outrageous futuristic machine he called an “analytical engine.” Today, we call it a “computer.” By the way, this was 1837.

by Margaret Carpenter

When some guy wrote an article about Babbage’s machine in French, Babbage wanted it translated so he could read what other people were saying about him. Ada translated it for him, but then she just kept on writing until she’d produced a paper three times the length of the original. What she had done was formulate a way that the analytical engine might one day be used to produce music, graphics and advanced calculations. She stopped just short of predicting Crysis.

Even Babbage, the guy who invented a computer at around the time of Napoleon, thought she was insane. For him, the contraption wasn’t much more than a high-tech abacus. But when someone actually got around to building the damn thing — nearly 100 years later — they found that Ada’s computer program worked perfectly. In a way, she’s kind of the reason you’re reading this right now, which we think is much cooler than a bunch of boring poetry.

Fellow WordPress blogger, Mad4Science, also has an extensive write up in more specific detail about Ada and Babbage’s work together; I also learned there is an actual Ada Lovelace day- October 7th. 🙂

Augusta Ada (Byron) King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852)

Cruising along to some weird news that involves someone very musically talented, I stumbled across this article regarding Yo-Yo Ma meeting a Wombat in a bathroom

Yo-Yo Ma requested a meet and greet with the Brookfield Zoo’s wombat while attending a benefit for Chicago’s Community Trust, according to event producer Donna LaPietra. And then NPR host Peter Segal snapped a picture of the dynamic duo that has since been making its way across Twitter.

“He was done doing the rehearsal with the orchestra on stage and joined Wilbur in his dressing room,” LaPietra told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Next thing you know he’s just down on the floor.”

Yo-Yo Ma & Wilbur, your typical meet and greet.

American audiences who don’t hang around orchestra pits or listen to OPB (Public) radio will probably recognize him as the cellist who performed most of the music for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Now, steering back to child prodigies and from what I can tell the youngest vocal prodigy currently known in the world, there is Cleopatra Stratan at age 3 selling music.

If nothing else she is absolutely adorable and her voice is cute, but I wouldn’t pay money for a CD, I think Romania might be hard-up for some quality sound.

"Buy my music or I'll send gypsies after you." ~tee hee~

In comparison  we have Hollie Steel from “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2009, who pretty much rocked the house.  Here is the link to YouTube.  The biggest reason I’m including this is because the never-impressed Simon Cowell did the following when she started singing:

You go, Girl!

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