Meet Len Upin And His Wonderful Artwork…

Stroke and Beyond

“I thought my job, as an art high school teacher, was an ideal profession. Plus my 3 kids and my wife were a healthy, creative, handsome group. It was a perfect picture. Yet, my stroke and aphasia, my decision to select an early retirement and the loss of our oldest son was too much to bear — all within a 10-month period.”

I am Len Upin and this top paragraph was part of my greetings of one of my art exhibits Stroke and Beyond.  I called myself an art teacher first and an artist second.  My students’ art education came over my own artwork.  However, my unexpected stroke at the age of 47 and leaving me with aphasia, I needed to find something else, other then teaching full-time anymore.  I figured I work go back to my natural talent – my own artwork but, which technique, which media.  I have a Masters in painting and 23+ years of strong training in printmaking, drawing, ceramics, and others.  So, I enrolled in a variety of art classing trying to “find myself” a year or two after and during my speech therapy. Pretty much I recalled the technical knowledge, but it was the terms in the arts were the problem.

Eventually, I focused on the fundamental technique of drawing.  My style, though, was changed after my brain event.  I was no longer interested in creating the tight, hatched marks and details that I made before.  My artistic perspective was askewed, plus the patience I once had was gone.  Now, my fields of value became scribble marks.  This new, loose, big-styled marks give me great satisfaction.  In a way, I found it more exciting than my old well-rendered manner.

It is been 8 ½ years after my stroke.  Four years of speech therapy from four separate facilities who taught me how to redirect my brain.  I do teach art still, but only on very small group or private basis.  Now I consider myself an artist first and a teacher second. I have been showing my artwork 23 times and commissions in Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

I have to say the years of speech therapy, the love of art and his family AND probably a lot of luck, brought me where I am now.

Alice

Chediak

Helen

Jim, 2009

Joan

Laura

Lester

Ma

Millie

Mindy

Noah

Olive

Ricky

Self-portrait

Tess

Share this post via email, Facebook, Twitter by clicking on the icons below:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • email

This website uses IntenseDebate comments, but they are not currently loaded because either your browser doesn't support JavaScript, or they didn't load fast enough.

Reader Comments

Brilliant art – and inspiring story. Thanks

#1 
Written By Tony on August 10th, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

As a speech pathologist I work with many aphasic stroke survivors. I have found that art is a great way to work through word finding problems. Getting your hand working with paper and pencil often helps communicate a thought or idea. It is a good self cueing system to use even if you are simply drawing circles or lines on the paper. Using stick figures, simple line drawings as you speak will move you forward toward getting your point across. Remember, perfect speech is not necessary.

#2 
Written By Diane Johnson on August 10th, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

You are an inspiration! As the speech therapist above said, art can be a wonderful outlet for stroke survivors. An alternative to the sometimes excruciating loss of words by which they feel trapped. Thank you for your story and keep drawing!

#3 
Written By Ashley on August 10th, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

Beautiful work, inspiring. Unique, but knowing Len, anything but unique would be a surprise. Very much Looking forward to viewing more of his work.

#4 
Written By Scott on August 20th, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

I am experiencing a difficulty with your rss feed . Don’t know why I am not able to subscribe to it. Is there anyone getting equivalent rss problem? Anybody who knows kindly respond. Thanks

#5 
Written By enclosed utility trailers on November 22nd, 2011 @ 10:58 am

It’s perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you some interesting things or advice. Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this article. I wish to read even more things about it!

#6 
Written By profil backlink on November 23rd, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Very useful information particularly the last part :) I care for such info much. I was looking for this particular info for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.

#7 
Written By adaklık kurbanlık on November 24th, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

hey there and thank you for your information – I’ve certainly picked up anything new from right here. I did however expertise a few technical issues using this web site, since I experienced to reload the site lots of times previous to I could get it to load correctly. I had been wondering if your hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, but slow loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and can damage your high quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I’m adding this RSS to my e-mail and can look out for a lot more of your respective intriguing content. Make sure you update this again very soon..

#8 
Written By hosting on November 24th, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I want to suggest you few interesting things or suggestions. Maybe you could write next articles referring to this article. I desire to read even more things about it!

#9 
Written By Search Engine Optimization on November 25th, 2011 @ 11:07 am

Hey There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article. I will make sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

#10 
Written By gunluk oyunlar on November 25th, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

I like the valuable info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly. I’m quite sure I’ll learn plenty of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

#11 
Written By Bayan arkadaş on November 25th, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

#12 
Written By sikiş on November 26th, 2011 @ 1:26 pm

I’ve been surfing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.

#13 
Written By mustafa eraslan on November 26th, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

Hi, you have an interesting site. I will favorite it and visit again in the future. Thank you!

#14 
Written By Wilburn Cropley on November 30th, 2011 @ 9:23 am

Optez pour une séance de voyance sans payer sur ce site de voyants et de professionnels de la vie spirituelle.

Une discussion avec une voyante peut en effet changer votre existence,

car qui découvre son avenir saura mieux profiter des chances souvent négilgés.

Nos médiums présentés sur notre annuaire ont des formations dans la

voyance amour et dans la voyance du travail,

et ils vous donneront des conseils précieux.

Si vous êtes intéressé, prenez votre téléphone et appellez un

des voyants qui fait partie de notre équipe de voyance et laissez-vous prédire votre futur.

Pour lutter contre la crise, nous offrons la première communication immédiate avec un

médium pendant 10 minutes.

#15 

Cliquez ici pour recevoir une voyance totalment gratuite avec notre site de tarologues et d’informations sur la vie spirituelle.

Une séance de voyance gratuite va probablement faciliter votre

façon de vivre, parce que ce celui qui découvre son avenir saisit mieux les chances au

quotidien.

Tous les médiums présentés sur notre site web sont expérimentés dans

la divination amoureuse et dans la voyance du travail, et ils sont

à votre disposition pour répondre aux questions.

Si vous êtes intéressé, réagissez maintenant et parlez à

un des astrologues de l’équipe de notre équipe de divination et demandez

une prédiction immédiate.

Pour vous souhaiter la bienvenue, nous offrons la première consultation personnelle pendant 10 minutes.

#16 

Cliquez ici pour profiter d’une consultation de voyance totalment gratuite avec notre blog de tarologie et d’arts divinatoires.

Une discussion avec un tarologue va certainement faciliter votre

existence, car qui n’ignore plus son avenir saura mieux reconnaitre les opportunités

de tous les jours.

Tous les médiums de notre équipe de voyance sont expérimentés

dans la divination de la vie amoureuse et dans la divination de la vie

professionnelle, et ils se feront un plaisir de répondre aux questions.

Si vous êtes intéressé, prenez votre téléphone et

entrez en communication avec un des astrologues qui fait partie de

notre équipe de voyance pour une prédiction personelle.

Vu que nous voulons que votre bien, nous offrons la première consultation personnelle pendant 10

minutes.

#17 
Written By voyance on November 27th, 2013 @ 3:20 am

I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also with the
layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself?
Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to
see a nice blog like this one nowadays.

#18 
Written By web page on November 28th, 2013 @ 5:44 am

I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Very well written!

#19 
Written By Dog Training Leicester on November 28th, 2013 @ 5:47 am

If you go door to door to try and drum up business,

target the lawns that look unkempt. If you are still clueless about why

your garage door opener is not working, it may be time to call a professional.

If you are thinking about getting a new door for your

garage, look through the following considerations and use them in

making the right choice.

#20 
Written By drzwi radom on November 28th, 2013 @ 6:24 am

I’m very happy to discover this website. I need to to thank you

for ones time just for this fantastic read!! I definitely liked every little bit of it

and i also have you saved as a favorite to see new things in your web site.

#21 
Written By Gold Coast Carpet cleaning on November 28th, 2013 @ 6:29 am

I search the organization computer an overall total attached to 3 days and nights working day by having all school and I don’t have a chanel discounted problems in the first place. in the event you all the worries in the region of ones own personal health or the healthiness of your daughter, keep your abdominal muscles consult with a physician and / or maybe other physician. kindly read the privacy policy along with regards to Use in advance of using this site. your company’s using the site exhibits concurrence that it is likely due to the regards to UseSEATTLE, january 27, 2011 government and in addition neighbourhood not for profit market leaders are generally the type of slated chanel on discount sales for the prognosis chanel bag next to the city and county little league at their particular 52nd Annual social gives festivity dinner time for being owned March 31, 2011 around Herban party with SODO.

#22 
Written By Omer Crisafi on November 28th, 2013 @ 10:17 am

How do blog sites in particular get sponsors, and how much do the sponsors pay for advertising on their site?

#23 
Written By Viagra on March 9th, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

How do I get traffic to a blog on blogger?. I need people to find my blog via keywords but I can’t find the Webmaster tool on blogger to do this. Or the Sitemap tab that supposedly exists. And how to do feeds. And I don’t understand how I sign up my blog with search engines. Can someone explain this to a beginner as myself? I’m entering a blog contest partly judged on comments left on the page, so getting the traffic there is important..

#24 
Written By Viagra on March 15th, 2014 @ 9:25 am

How do I change the background on my blogspot including sidebars?

#25 
Written By Viagra on March 15th, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

Hmm is anyone else having problems with the pictures on this blog loading?

I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the

blog. Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

#26 
Written By automaty samosprzedajace on June 21st, 2014 @ 7:36 am

Its such as you learn my mind! You appear to grasp a lot approximately this, like you wrote the guide

in it or something. I think that you could do

with a few percent to force the message home a little bit, however instead of that, that is magnificent blog.

A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.

#27 
Written By download them all on June 23rd, 2014 @ 3:11 am

Sold many when it comes to great 15 or more years old aunt. She gives they all the time. Just hope wow gold provided printable coupons in order to really returning new home purchasers.

#28 
Written By wow gold on June 24th, 2014 @ 2:35 am

i really currently buy 3 sets with wow gold. legalbuds received your game titles seeing as August and consequently your bailey’s for the reason that March of course. My husband and i bring these made the effort, for the most part each and every day. My wife and i addressed the actual red classics with normal water repellency and therefore i take consumers out in all of the its polar environment with no problem honestly. I might just not detect any sort of breakdown because their dark, regardless, as opposed to really provide rwow golded personality. They’re just currently simply because delicate and even awesome once they happen to be because of day 1 which is striking expertise, because sometimes the property to a vast selection. Perfect get, that’s right more costly, but nonetheless , Thus worthwhile. My mates are undoubtedly green with envy about the clouds appreciate appear with regards to appearance graceful although since i wear these for sweating shorts actually in the home!

#29 
Written By wow gold on June 25th, 2014 @ 11:03 am

Sifflement,amusé Himalaya moins apparaître Contrairement

à toucher comment pirater compte facebook de quelqu

un. déverrouiller au cours de personne pirater un compte facebook gratuit*.

#30 
Written By pirater un compte facebook avec logiciel on July 6th, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

There is a way with words! Totallky excellent.

Loved it!

#31 
Written By Arianne on July 20th, 2014 @ 6:55 am

Add a Comment

  • required, use real name
  • required, will not be published
  • optional, your blog address