Hello again, It's October the 8th and it has been a month since I last submitted a blog. As some of you may know, I have been legally blind in my left eye for the last fourteen years, due to a Macular hole. I tried surgery to repair it, but it did not work.
Last January at the ripe old age of 73, I decided to try my hand at art and began to do a few pictures here and there, I started with a few watercolors, because that's what I'd been given by my eldest son for Christmas. Then my sweetheart gave me some acrylics and other supplied for Valentine's day and I was hooked.
So basically I have been painting for about eight months and I'm totally self taught. Mostly, I've watched a few t tutorials online, and just started painting.
Actually, I joined The Art Colony before I'd ever painted my first picture. Talk about a leap of faith.But all went fairly well and I've even sold a few paintings along the way. No one was more surprised than I, but it somehow validated. in my mind, that I might actually have a little talent.
About a month ago , the sight in my right eye began to get dim and I thought perhaps it was just cataract, but alas, I've developed a Macular in my right eye and I am scheduled for surgery on October 15th.It is called a Vitrectomy. They place a gas bubble behind the retina and try to patch the hole from behind,. The worst part is that I must lay face down in bed for a couple of weeks, Only getting up to go the the bathroom and then I must stay bent over so the gas bubble will adhere to my retina;
What I'm really getting at is this.Most of us paint for the sheer joy of it. But take nothing for granted.Your eyesight is a precious gift , and the thought of not being able to paint again weighs heavy on my mind. But not being able to see the faces of those you love, would be even worse. So cherish every minute of every and stop to actually see the ones that you love.