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If You Had to Lose One Sense, Which Would You Choose?

Just as a musician needs their ears to hear and play music, an artist needs their vision to see what they are creating.

 

At least, that’s what we thought.

 

John Bramblitt went blind due to complications from his epilepsy. However, he is an artist—a painter, in fact. He has overcome his ‘disability’ by developing creative solutions in order to continue pursuing his dream.

 

He uses textured paints to feel his way around the canvas. “Basically what I do is replace everything that the eyes would do for a sighted artist with the sense of touch,” he writes on his website. “The raised lines take care of finding your placement on the canvas.“ And for color, “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.“

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“Basically what I do is replace everything that the eyes would do for a sighted artist with the sense of touch.”

2 Comments

  1. Hannah C wrote:

    This is so amazing that it is hard to believe! Wow. I love his work! Looks so attractive!

    Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 10:33 am | Permalink
  2. wazhar wrote:

    This is so amazing and I really can’t believe it, he has a really strong sense and his works are really nice and the details are so beautiful too. Also, the colors that he used are really nice and makes the art pieces looks so colorful

    Friday, October 2, 2015 at 3:56 pm | Permalink