i've always been terrified of going blind. as most of you know, i lost vision in my right eye due to a stupid accident as a 3 year old child, recklessly playing with my mom's sewing tools.
santa lucia is the patron saint for sight, which my mother prayed to every day to help regain the vision in my damaged eye, to no avail.
The page below was prompted by Creative Therapy Catalyst #25 - scrap something you fear. This was and still is my response to that challenge:
i've always had this idea in my head, to paint with my eyes closed. what would happen if i just painted what was in my head without regard to 'right' colour, or porportions, but to paint with my inner vision, my intuition... how and what would that look like.
then i saw this video of artist sargy mann:
he did it. he did exactly what i was thinking. he had gone blind and he still paints the pictures in his head. blindness isn't the end of life as you know it. you move on, in a modified direction, but life goes on.
it's ironic that 40 years after my eye accident, i now work for the department of ophthalmology and vision sciences, as a full time job. ironic that 40 years later, had i had the accident today, my vision could have been corrected with a corneal transplant (which wasn't done on kids back in the early 70's).
a whole new way of seeing. sight from within. it's beautiful. and less frightening... at least for me. :))
thanks sargy for this and helping me to 'see'.