Many have asked me what methods I am using to re-train my brain to paint depth aptly. Remember that movie about Helen Keller, the famous American author and lecturer, who was deaf and blind? In the movie, there is a famous scene where Helen’s teacher Anne Sullivan and Helen are wrestling at the water pump vigorously pumping water together.
Anne Sullivan is alternately holding Helen’s hand into the outpouring water and then spells “water” in sign language (finger spelling) into Helen’s hand. Anne is desperately trying to make Helen realize that water and the sign language for water are the same thing. Luckily, for Helen, the realization that the two are one suddenly clicks in her brain and a completely new world opens up for Helen. Praise God, what a moment through the sense of touch!
Now I am not deaf, however, I have found that, since my eye surgery, my brain is still translating my sight to paint flat. It is very irritating, to say the least, to paint flat when I now can see depth. My hands and sight are not working together. I have a plan. To help my sense of sight regain depth, I have added the sense of touch.
I bought some modeling clay and started out with molding ridges. There is a warning for the following photos: they are definitely not pretty to look at and I do not consider them art. Nevertheless, they do show the “depths” (sorry, I just had to say that) I will go to get back my depth perception in my paintings.
Using what I created in clay, I then painted a depth study.
Again, I painted a depth study.
I turned to another texture -sand.
That probably will be the next step in formulating another depth study.
Perhaps you too have felt there is something holding you back from
Do not give up. Create a plan to solve this problem.
If you make your mind up to do it, you will do it.
As it has stated in a quote about painting:
“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful.
Yet there will stretch out before you
an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path.
You know you will never get to the end of the journey.
But this, so far from discouraging,
only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”