How I See Things

How I See Things
Cartoon-like drawing in shades of dark to medium purple. Eyes with beautiful eyelashes, looking through a pair of glasses.

Friday, October 25, 2019

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I am a lifelong, self-taught artist.

This is one of my favorite paintings that I have done: 

Check out my signature in the bottom right corner ... it reads the same right side up & upside down. Took me 40 years to figure that out!

I have had almost 50 years of eyesight problems. Many others do, too. I didn't know I had so many and that they could be specifically diagnosed until September, 2019. I went to a Vision Therapist who diagnosed so many vision issues I have.

I will be going through weekly vision therapy every week through June, 2020. I will share my experiences here.

A Quaker Friend of mine said: "it will be interesting to see how your artwork changes as your vision changes!" I love that perspective.

I hope you will consider signing up to be on my email list. What you read here may help you to help someone you know.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Bella Luna

Lady Bella Luna, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Occasionally, I just want to share my sweet puppy with you all. She is just too darn cute, and everyone should see her and be able to meet her. She is a love sponge.

She is my emotional support dog. She comforts me when I am feeling low. <3 She climbs right in my lap and just snuggles. I love her so much.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Pink Flashlight

When I went for testing with Dr. Magic, one of the tests he did was to have my eyes follow a little light. The light it put out was about 1/2 the size of my pinky nail. A tiny white light.

He asked me: "what do you see?" I said: "I see two lights."

This was the first time I was clearly aware that I see two images at the same time. I don't ever remember knowing that about myself. I sort of knew it, but it's been a part of my eyesight for almost 50 years, so I didn't much think about it. I have just adapted the best I can, having been given no tools.

It's hard for me to read. In fact, it's impossible for me to read if I have both eyes open. So I always shut one eye to read. I have recently (well, ok, maybe 4+ years ago) discovered audio books. I love audio books!! They are so much more easy to follow along with and "read." Now I know why I like them so much better than print books - I can listen to the content and not be focusing on the double vision and what my eye(s) is (are) doing.

In the test with the flashlight, Dr. Magic put a pink lens over my right eye. He asked me, "what do you see?"

I stared at it for a while, and I realized that not only did I see two lights - a pink one and a white one, but that the pink one was on the left side despite the fact that the pink lens was on my right eye.

I never knew my eyes transposed things wrong. I see something. with my right eye, but my brain says that it's to the left of where it actually is.

I really DO see the world differently from how healthy people with fantastic eyesight see things.

I wonder if this is one of the many reasons why I have always been drawn to friendships with left handed people. I see things from a literal different angle - things on the right are on the left for me ... as left-handed people do.

Just one of my momentary musings that came up while I was typing this post.

Friday, October 4, 2019

End One Thing, Start Something New

As I embark on this journey of wearing new glasses and learning how to see (and how to walk!), I am also in a major shifting area in my own personal life. I have a lot going on. Every day for me has a lot going on.

[This is a photo I took of a sugar maple tree; the leaves are vivid orange and the cyan blue sky peeks from between the leaves in a few small places in the photo.]

I haven't blogged this last week (has it been two weeks now?) And I sincerely apologize for that to my brand new readers.

I am not yet ready to share on this blog the other thing that I am ending and beginning, but it's a big life change I am going through.

It is interesting how sometimes life gives us a few different angles to see things from. I am learning to use my eyes together. I am looking forward to leaving this double-vision thing behind. And I am leaving a major part of my life as I type this, and looking forward to my next chapter. Two different things going on at the same time - just like having double vision.

I look forward to leaving behind the double-vision so I will have clarity and happiness with my new future looking forward.

Thank you for understanding about my lack of recent blog posts. I have a ton of posts in my head that I want to write; I hope to get them out of my head and in to this blog as soon as I can breathe and get it really revved up and starting.

PS: Does anyone know how to use WordPress so I can type posts but they can be scheduled for a future date? I can't for the life of me figure that out. And it's slowing me down with production. 

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