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