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    A Blind Artist.

    I think, on those occasions that I'm feeling like I can't paint because I don't have the right equipment, or I'm tired, or the light isn't right, or whatever excuse I can come up with... In future I'll have a look at this.

    http://distractify.com/pinar/seeing-...th-your-hands/

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    Those are cool pics. Love the intense colors. Something about being blind and painting that has me scratching my head. These people can't be totally blind. I can understand 'legally blind' because they have some modicum of ability to see something, however vague.

    But anyway, it's very cool to overcome a handicap and do some remarkable things that match or exceed the average person with all their faculties cooking along. I think there's got to be an element of defiance, a "rage against the darkening of the light", to quote Dylan Thomas. He wrote this to his father who was passing away. I think there's a bit of that resistance to fading away captured here and in all those cases where people have senses, and life itself, taken away.

    DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT
    Dylan Thomas Dylan Thomas Page -- http://www.bigeye.com/donotgo.htm

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
    Last edited by D Akey; 03-27-2015 at 02:07 PM.
    "Not a bit is wasted and the best is yet to come. . ." -- remembered from a dream

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Akey View Post
    Those are cool pics. Love the intense colors. Something about being blind and painting that has me scratching my head. These people can't be totally blind. I can understand 'legally blind' because they have some modicum of ability to see something, however vague.
    D Akey, you are right, I am registered blind although I have my peripheral vision still intact, it isnt easy to do everyday tasks because you rely on your brain to unscramble what you do see and put them in the correct order. I am one off the lucky ones I only have my central vision gone. It can be difficult at times especially in strange places because I feel vulnerable and i have to use my white stick, in familiar surrounding a stranger would think I had normal vision.

    When I am painting on my ipad, I can blow the screen up to 800%, animal fur is the easiest for me to do, its one simple stroke at a time. I am under no pressure and its so relaxing.

    I still do my Archery as a sport in the blind section but not in my category (B1) I shoot the next section down (B2) only because those in the B1 section has to wear total blackouts, I am not ready to cut out all light. Personally I think it wrong to have totaly blacked out eye shields, why they cant wear opaque which let the light in but nothing else, i dont know. They say even those who have severe blndness have some perseption of light. I feel privileged to be able to still do what I love the most, Archery and painting.

    Sorry for the little rant
    Christine
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saphire View Post
    D Akey, you are right, I am registered blind although I have my peripheral vision still intact, it isnt easy to do everyday tasks because you rely on your brain to unscramble what you do see and put them in the correct order. I am one off the lucky ones I only have my central vision gone. It can be difficult at times especially in strange places because I feel vulnerable and i have to use my white stick, in familiar surrounding a stranger would think I had normal vision.

    When I am painting on my ipad, I can blow the screen up to 800%, animal fur is the easiest for me to do, its one simple stroke at a time. I am under no pressure and its so relaxing.

    I still do my Archery as a sport in the blind section but not in my category (B1) I shoot the next section down (B2) only because those in the B1 section has to wear total blackouts, I am not ready to cut out all light. Personally I think it wrong to have totaly blacked out eye shields, why they cant wear opaque which let the light in but nothing else, i dont know. They say even those who have severe blndness have some perseption of light. I feel privileged to be able to still do what I love the most, Archery and painting.

    Sorry for the little rant
    Christine
    How interesting. I knew you shared about your vision issues in the past but not in detail like this. I'm all the more impressed. Archery as well. Wow. Interesting that there would be categories for blocking out the vision entirely. Is that something that was instituted after Shogun came out with all the attention that master archer stuff garnered, letting the bow and arrow do the aiming and all that Zen and the Art of Archery stuff? I still remember that being one of those superhuman things about martial arts from the East. I mean, it sounds good on rice paper (and film), but to actually do it. Mind blowing. And so you're saying you have to wear total black out goggles as opposed to translucent? I wonder if that's all about trying to still imitate the masters of the East, or if it's a way to level the playing field as it were for all blind archers, including those with no vision at all being able to still compete -- a way to narrow the category to a specific type of contest yet still have enough eligible contestants.

    Fascinating. Not a rant per say, more an insight into a world many are not aware of, including myself. So thanks. And I still think your artwork is phenomenal by any standards.
    "Not a bit is wasted and the best is yet to come. . ." -- remembered from a dream

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    D Akey.

    You are correct in saying it is to level the playing field. For myself i decided to not shoot in the category that has to wear a blindfold, it makes me feel like a fraud they have no choice with the severity of their blindness. I dont shoot with any sighting aids other then a pointer that touches the back of my hand at full draw, I cant see the target so rely on my husband to set up the tripod and line up the pointer towards the target, all adjustment from then on is up to myself. The spotters are not allowed to touch the equipment again until breaktimes accept to call out where the arrow has landed in the target.

    The British Blind Sport have this year managed to get a category in the world championship in Germany. I could have put my name forward and would have been accepted if only I would travel. I am terrified in the car as a passenger because I am not the one in control anymore. Traveling is the only drawback for me, I have tried to get it under control but sometimes even on a short journey I will totally panic and want to get out and walk and thats not good for my husband.

    This Gentleman is using the type of tripod and setup I use
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    This next one is of myself with my husband just out of view a metre behind me.
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    Sorry my grammer is atrocious.
    Last edited by Saphire; 03-28-2015 at 09:01 PM.
    Christine.(Paint what you see, not what you know to be there)

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    That takes me back Christine - I used to shoot competitively when in my 30's.
    June.

    Oh God of homeless things, look down
    And try to ease the way
    Of all the little weary paws
    That walk the world
    today.
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