Mr. Sandman


This post has nothing to do with a song written by Pat Ballard and recorded by the Chordettes in 1954. If you came to this blog in search of music from 1954, you are in the wrong place.


“Art consists of limitation.  The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.”
~ G.K. Chesterton

2014-0202 beach-art2 by Andre AmadorI have written about Willard Wiggin who creates tiny sculptures and Ron Mueck who creates large and small life-like sculptures, but to the best of my knowledge I have never written about art like this. The artist, Andres Amador, whose work I highlight in this post, creates his art using wet sand at a beach. Some readers are probably curious why a blog about recovery from adversity would feature artists and their art.

If you want to understand why art is extremely relevant to recovery from a life-threatening injury, keep reading. But first, let’s listen to a few words from our featured artist.

Some artists may not consciously plan and schedule their 2014-0202 beach-art4 by Andre Amadoractivities based on limited resources, but they must plan and they do schedule. The artist featured in this post must plan and schedule because he has a small window of opportunity in which he can create and photograph his art. Amador must account for factors such as the reliability of an alarm clock, distance to the “studio,” lunar cycles, weather patterns, tide cycles, quality of canvas (shoreline), tools  (rakes), number of helpers, features of camera, and many other factors to finish his art on schedule. According to Amador, his goal is to capture his art in a photo before rapidly advancing water consumes his art.

Similarly, a survivor must imagine, and probably write, specific outcomes (future planning and goal setting), measure their progress (what have I completed relative to my goal), achieve their goals (plan-do-check-act), set realistic goals (based on the availability of resources, skills, and opportunities), and consider the element of time (achieve their goals before the tide washes away everything I have accomplished). In other words, art teach us to set and appreciate Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-sensitive (SMART) goals.

Many people may view art as unimportant, some school districts even eliminated art programs from their curricula, but there is a lot we can learn from artists and their art if we take the time to appreciate art for what it represents and we appreciate the obstacles an artist had to overcome to achieve the finished product.

Click here if you want to read the original Viralnova article upon which this post is based.

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The title of this post is appropriate to the subject of this post, but neither the title, nor the post, has anything to do with the Chordettes. Thanks to Norm and Ilene who shared the Viralnova article and pictures upon which this post is based; Andres Amador for creating and sharing his art with us; Viralnova for writing the story upon which this post is based; Discovery Channel for its interview of Amador; YouTube for hosting the video; and everyone, who either directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the pictures, video, and text I used in this post.

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