Sightless Painter Is Visual Artist
A little Friday inspiration. This is a great story about John Bramblitt, a college student at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas who has creatively found a way to paint despite losing his sight.
He first draws on his canvas with fabric paint to create raised outlines he uses as a painting guide… He then fills between the raised lines using oil colors. He can feel the difference in paint thickness and uses this to combine colors…
I paint primarily in oils because they are thick and easy to feel on a brush and they take a long time to dry allowing you to take your time. Also different colors of oil paint feel slightly different. For example in the brand of paint that I use black is very slick while white is thick and almost pasty. This helps when mixing paints because you can get an idea of the shade of color you want by the way it should feel when you are through mixing it.
I share this with you as a reminder of the quote “if you can dream it, you can do it.” John has found a way to do what some would call impossible. If you work the problem long enough, you can find ways to work around traditional barriers.