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Noted in Passing: “NO”in America

“His remarkable memory serves Blackstock well as he renders images on paper with paper, markers, and crayons. I commented on how many tiny differences there were in the teeth from one saw blade to the next in his piece The Saws. He replied, in a somewhat frustrated tone, that it took him two visits to Home Depot to memorize them all. He uses no straightedge (“No need,”™ he says) yet his layout is impeccable. And if asked, he can reproduce the same images exactly, time and again –” a skill needed in  cartooning or illustration, professions in which Blackstock might have excelled under different circumstances.” —Autistic Savant Gregory Blackstock’s Gorgeous Visual Collections

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  • jd July 16, 2021, 7:22 PM

    Looked at all his drawings. Amazing! Thank you, Gerard.

  • pbird July 16, 2021, 7:25 PM

    Oddly appropriate for Seattle.
    I find your young photo poignant. lol.

  • pbird July 16, 2021, 7:25 PM

    That’s the only time in my life that I have written that word.

  • Andy July 16, 2021, 7:48 PM

    Art without agenda. The rarest of things.

  • gwbnyc July 17, 2021, 12:13 PM
  • gwbnyc July 17, 2021, 12:34 PM


    As often happens here I had a synchronous experience, that being having on my mind a long ago longstanding argument that one version of the Curtiss-Wright P-40 had two .30 guns mounted in the cowl. I swore I had seen a drawing of the plane (pre-internet) and could not reproduce it. The other fellow steadfastly insisted no such thing existed. Finally I found online, in passing, proof in a photograph.

    My opponent had been dead quite awhile by then. I was reviewing that situation, mulling a better term, this morning. And so saw the autistic man’s rendering of a P-40B within this hour.