Legally Blind Art

DonnaLT
Posted August 28, 2020 from United States
Big-eyed critters
A little LOVE for ALL
Flowers & rock art
Flowers & rock art: Seeing through my eyes of Blindness (1/1)

I am legally blind, & during COVID-19, I had ro stop workibg, so to fill some if my time,  I started to draw again, which had been decades since I last drew. I was diagnosed Type I Diabetic when I was 13 years of age, and by the time I was 30, I  was diagnosed with Diabetic Retinopathy. Within the last 6 months, I was diagnosed with a second eye disease, Macular Degeneration. I don’t know how long I will be able to keep what vision I  have before becoming totally blind, although I  will continue to draw until that time comes.  In order to draw, I have to wear super-magnified glasses & be very close to the paper or item that I am drawing on, about 2-3 “ close. Now, I don’t really consider myself an artist by any means, although, I do believe we all have something to give & share with one another, no matter what your age is. I  love to doodle, draw flowers & funny lil' critter with BIG eyeballs, and even write poetry at times. I  draw for fun & relaxation, peac & tranquility.  I paint on rocks, draw on  sketch pads, and doodle on cards and notes. I hope you enjoy my art.   

This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

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Jill Langhus
Aug 29, 2020
Aug 29, 2020

Hello Donna,

How are you doing? Thanks for sharing your beautiful artwork with us! I think you're an artist:-) I think anyone is an artist who creates anything. I think what's most important is that you enjoy it.

I hope I'm not imposing on you, but you may like to try some YouTube videos to repair your eyesight. It may help, and it definitely can't hurt: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=solfeggio+for+eye+repair. I've been using these for a couple of months since my eyesight was becoming weaker and dryer and they do seem to help.

Looking forward to seeing more creations from you. XX

DonnaLT
Aug 29, 2020
Aug 29, 2020

Thanks Jill for your kind words. It's always nice to see & read your comments to all of us who you respond to. Lots of Love to you

Jill Langhus
Aug 31, 2020
Aug 31, 2020

You're very welcome, dear. Aw, thank you!

Right back at you, dear!

XX

Andrace
Aug 30, 2020
Aug 30, 2020

Thank you for sharing, Jill. Kind of you as usual. :)

Hugs,
E. J.

Jill Langhus
Aug 31, 2020
Aug 31, 2020

You're welcome, dear. Thank you! XX

Nini Mappo
Aug 29, 2020
Aug 29, 2020

Hello Donna,
Of course you are an artist! You have made beautiful art with your hands, with such great precision and minute details in spite of your weakening sight.

Which highlights all the heart in your heart that you can express with your hands and your words, and all the left over that you will never be able to express!

I'm glad that you could get back to your art, and that you are enjoying it.

Love and sparkles from Down Under :)

DonnaLT
Aug 29, 2020
Aug 29, 2020

Hi Nini,
Your words warm my heart, so thank you, thank you. It's been a pleasure reading your story & hearing from you. You're such a blessing. Take care, my sister... With lots of *love* sent your way, Donna

Andrace
Aug 30, 2020
Aug 30, 2020

Hi Donnalt,
These drawing are simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing. You're specially-abled. Sorry about the loss of your job, but it ain't the loss of one's worth at all. Your enthusiasm is contagious. :)

Please, keep drawing and best wishes with your health. I'll be praying, so would many of your sisters at WP.

Hugs,
E. J.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Aug 31, 2020
Aug 31, 2020

I love the term "specially-abled", E.J! It's my first time to know that. So apt. :)

Andrace
Aug 31, 2020
Aug 31, 2020

Thanks, Sis. ‘Bless you always. :)

DonnaLT
Aug 31, 2020
Aug 31, 2020

Hi E.J .
Thank you, thank you for your words of encouragement & the wonderful term "specially- abled." I do plan to continue to draw. Hugs back to you.
With much love,
Donna

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Aug 31, 2020
Aug 31, 2020

Hello, Donna,

You are an artist! No physical impediment can hinder that creativity to come out from you! It's very impressive that you can draw minute details considering you have to use super-magnified glasses and be 2-3 inches close to the paper. AMAZING! You are an inspiration, dear! How brave you are for deciding to see the beauty of life!

This resonates so much with me, "I don’t know how long I will be able to keep what vision I have before becoming totally blind, although I will continue to draw until that time comes." WOW! Powerful.

Thank you for sharing your artworks with us, and letting us know the joy of creating! I'm personally inspired and will teach my young sons on painting rocks. What kind of paint should we use?

DonnaLT
Aug 31, 2020
Aug 31, 2020

Hello Karen,
Thank you for your kindness & support. I appreciate that you want to teach your boys to paint on rocks. I find it easiest to first spray paint the background color(s). I lined shallow boxes (or old cookie sheets) with waxed paper, as the rocks tend to not stick as much. Spray the rocks lightly. You will have to do this in several stages, let each layer of paint dry before applying the next layer. I used paint pens to draw on the rocks. To make other critters like the inch worm or flower, I used smaller rocks, painted the background color first, then hot glued them together. Next, add spots, circles, or whatever details they feel like drawing. Enjoy...So much fun!!! Take care.
With much love,
Donna

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 01, 2020
Sep 01, 2020

You're welcome, dear Donna! Wow, thank you for the detailed instructions. It looks like fun! That would be a wonderful activity for my little ones. Please keep on posting your creations here. Looking forward to it!

Minakshib
Sep 05, 2020
Sep 05, 2020

Nice very nice

Minakshib
Sep 07, 2020
Sep 07, 2020

Wow great work
Your doing well
Keep it up
All the best

Chinyere Kalu
Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Donalt dear your works are beautiful! May God come through for you concerning your sight.Meanwhile , don't stop drawing as your resilience is encouraging to others

Shirin Dalaki
Sep 25, 2020
Sep 25, 2020

Hello Dear Donna,
Welcome to WP and letting us know about your art. I absolutely love it and you are a true artist. I admire you and I do believe that we all have something to give.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful art with us. I love to see you more on WP.
Have a great weekend.

Shirin