"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home" (Twyla Tharp)

Seeing ...



"There are two things in the painter, the eye and the mind, each of them should aid the other."
Paul Cezanne


This week I completed Assignment 12 and had a visit with my eye specialist.  Very productive!

As a very young thing I had a few problems with my eyes – one of them turned completely in when I was a baby .. consequently I was just a toddler when I had eye surgery to correct.  My absolute first life memory was of being at a children’s hospital – I must have been about three.  I wore glasses for most of my younger life when the options weren't great - glasses were not a fashion statement and the term 'four eyes' was a familiar taunt.



 Unfortunately it didn’t go well at the time and  as a teenager I had eye surgery again which resulted in my eyes being straightened.   What I didn’t know is that the surgery corrects the appearance of the eyes but the problem with the eye/brain connection still exists – the failure of the eyes to work well in unison.

I have had troubles most of my life with my sight – I can focus on something, but very quickly the object moves … the eye starts to wander, just as when I was a child.   At a late age I met with a very astute specialist who made glasses with prescribed prisms – which trick the eye/brain connection into thinking the eyes are working together.  I have been using these glasses for three years – since I began this work.   When I began my journey with botanical art I would choose easier subjects because my eyes could not hold focus on the multi petalled or very tiny objects - it was exhausting work and I often ended up with terrible eye strain and migraines.  I was so keen to continue but I was concerned my eyes would just not cope with the finer detail.


 When I saw the specialist  he was very impressed to see my eyesight had finally stabilized after years of deterioration.  He also felt that the work I was doing with botanical art had improved the strength of my eyes with all the exercise they were getting.   Such good news for me -  sight is priceless and I have struggled so much with it – my eyes are finally settling down at a time when I really need them to and hope for many more years being able to draw and paint.  I was a late starter,  have a lot of ground to make up and hope to spend many hours painting studies of nature.

Getting started ...

 I feel very blessed to think that having had so many problems with sight – I am still able to pursue a passion that depends on vision being as accurate as possible.     Our eyes are too precious to take a chance with or cut costs on treatment - wearing cheaper magnifying glasses only magnifies a problem.   I am so grateful to be on the path to seeing everything so much more clearly.

Work in Progress ...

Perhaps that's why I choose bold subjects - it's a lot less effort to see them! 
 Bon Voyage assignment 12 - I will post the finished artwork soon.  
Packing for a very special trip now ...




12 comments:

  1. Obviously botanical art is good for you :)
    Beautiful work, as usual!

    Well done on finishing the last assignment in such good time.

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    1. Thank you Alena - you have been such a great support on this course. Good luck to you also with your last assignment before the Diploma works - and congratulations on having your Assignment 11 chosen to be in the student display at the SBA Exhibition in London - well deserved. Not long now ... :)

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  2. Fantástico y enhorabuena, un saludo.

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    1. Muchas gracias Mononoke, un saludo también.

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  3. What a great post, see how far you have come. It's great to hear that painting has had such a positive impact. Your latest piece is looking stunning, can't wait to see the finished result.x

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    1. Thanks Jarnie - I am lucky to have such a good outcome with my sight. Thanks for the kind comments on the work - will post the whole piece after my trip. Yours is looking so lovely - my kind of colours :)

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  4. Prismes help a lot..Glad your sight is good now, we just need to see your artwork to approve it..:-)

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    1. Okay Manon will post it soon ... when my tutor has a chance to see it :)
      Thank you xx

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  5. I totally relate Viki., after many eye dramas I'm so happy to be able to still take photos. Do you go to The Lions Eye Institute, Bill Morgan has saved my eyes many times. I've so enjoyed reading your last posts,it takes such a long time to come to terms with losing a special little friend, but the Gracie roses are a lovely way to remember her. Your drawing project sounds pretty intense, but as you say it might be just what you need at tis time. Oh yes, you have inspired me to plant a Wisteria, I,ve always wanted to, but thought our weather was too hot. Looking forward to seeing your finished project, take car.

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    1. Thank you so much - love your photos and blog, such familiar sights!

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  6. This is a great story Vicki - I had no idea that you had problems with your eyes. I would never have guessed looking at your stunning work. I love your latest piece. I have made it big on new tabs and it's stunning. You have a wonderful way of doing pink washes and veined petals Vicki.

    Glad your eyes are benefiting from the exercise :) Onwards and upwards now to the last hurdle! Best of luck xxx

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    1. Oh dear Jess not too big I hope :) These pics are works in progress and hoping the finished piece is well received.
      Thanks for your wishes - now to the final three ...

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