The thought of losing your eye sight might seem like the end of the world, especially if you are a visual artist. Talented blind painter John Bramblitt proves otherwise with his breathtakingly beautiful and very colorful works of art.
Bramblitt lost his sight back in 2001 due to epilepsy, and as a result he started painting. Despite his vision loss, Bramblitt has come up with a way to draw using texture paints in order to feel his way around the canvas.
The artist writes on his website, “Basically what I do is replace everything that the eyes would do for a sighted artist with the sense of touch. The raised lines take care of finding your placement on the canvas.”
If you’re expecting to see just an array of colors splashed on the page, think again. Take a look at Bramblitt’s beautifully detailed artwork for yourself…
Bramblitt is considered “functionally blind,” meaning he can decipher the difference between sunlight and darkness. He still can’t tell the difference between the texture colors using his sight, and so he created a system to address this.
“All of the bottles and paint tubes in my studio are Brailled, and when mixing colors I use recipes. In other words I will measure out different portions of each color that I need to produce the right hue. This is no different than using a recipe to bake a cake.”
After going blind in 2001 the furthest thing from Bramblitt’s mind was being able to paint. Yet, about a year after going blind Bramblitt came up with a way he could draw without his sight.
“Basically what I do is replace everything that the eyes would do for a sighted artist with the sense of touch.”
Bramblitt points out the two key things vision enables you to do, determine your placement on the canvass and select appropriate colors. Bramblitt’s method allows him to do both of these things without his sense of sight.
“Over time I have developed different techniques that allow me to be much more precise when it comes to me laying down the lines.”
The artist has come a long way since his first art show, at which he told no one that he was blind.
“I didn’t tell people that I was blind not because I was ashamed, but because I didn’t want it to affect the way they perceived the art.”
John Bramblitt’s beautiful artwork proves you can do anything you set your mind to, no matter how impossible your dream may seem.