Catching Up

9/24/2010 04:26:00 PM Edit This 17 Comments »
I definitely need to do something about the volume of email I get .... I simply can't keep up with it, even though I really want to and I really do try.  It takes up an inordinate amount of my time, and it's one of the reasons I haven't posted in way too long.  .....  OK, enough of the whining - I'll figure it out!

I'll be having surgery in early Oct. on one of my eyes for a cataract, then a little while after that, I'll have my other eye done.  I usually don't wear my glasses or my contacts (well, never my contacts), when I paint or draw.  I often work with very fine lines and I'm just more used to doing it without them.  My contacts are called "monovision", meaning that one eye is corrected for nearsightedness, and the other for farsightedness.   That way I never need reading glasses.   When I have my surgery, I will have monovision eyes (one of each).  The thing is, I'm not sure how that will impact doing art the way I'm accustomed to doing it.  So, today when my friend Vicki and I went on an outing to draw (we went to the Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor), I wore my contacts to see what would happen.  It was slow going (not just because of the contacts, but also because I didn't do any warm up sketches before I dove right in).   The lighting wasn't the best, and the specimen was behind glass so I had a bit of a reflection to work around.  I didn't get very far with the drawing, as you can see.  I'm planning on going back again to work on it more, again while wearing my contacts.   I doubt I can do it this weekend, but maybe on Monday.  So, anyhow, here is the result of my first contact drawing attempt.

17 comments:

Vicki Holdwick said...

Nancy,

I really like this one and can't wait to see it finished.

I had a great time today.

Thanks

xoxo

Martine said...

Well, keep at it Nancy, it's just great !! Looking forward to the next step !
Good luck with your surgery it's bound to be a great comfort !

Martine said...

Well, keep at it Nancy, it's just great !! Looking forward to the next step !
Good luck with your surgery it's bound to be a great comfort !

Cynthia Eloise said...

but you will be seeing so much better once the cataracts are removed. did you ever see monet's work change as his cataracts worsened?

Alex said...

It sure has been a while, and I am glad you're posting again, and I am loving what I am seeing so far, so I have no doubt that it's going to turn out great!

Pooja said...

Looks great!

As far as email overload is concerned, here's what has worked for me: http://goo.gl/JpTI - I also LOVE the new Priority Inbox in GMail. Let me know if you need help "switching" it on

curiouscrow said...

This looks good to me. I hope your op goes well in October and I'm wondering if you can compare in advance? Plus I think you'll find you adjust far more easily than you think because then you'll be dealing with a concrete issue, whereas right now you can only really imagine what it's going to be like and that is going to cause a little anxiety.

Cathy Holtom said...

This looks really good to me Nancy.
I get all the edm mails all in one summary post once or twice a day, have you tried that? It's much easier to keep up.
Take carex

Sandra said...

Kudos for the work you have done with cataracts. May all go well and we're looking forward to your "seeing more clearly".

Peachtreeart said...

I hope all goes well with your surgery and you are able to continue working with your adjusted vision. I really like where your cat is going!

raena said...

My M-I-L had that surgery last year after putting it off for a very long time. She said it was no big deal at all and she wished she had had it sooner!

This is a really excellent start and I hope you make it back to finish soon!

Evelyn said...

Good luck with the surgery.

I was prescribed monovision contacts because of my astigmatism a while back but I couldn't get comfortable wearing them... so altho I hate glasses, I have to wear glasses.

Enjoy drawing at the museum.

marancat said...

So glad to see you post again. Your sketch looks great so far - shall we be seeing it finished? Hope there will be more from you before your surgery - and lots more afterwards!

Dan Kent said...

This is a great start - wish you luck with your surgery.

Lesley Purcell said...

This is a great start to your sketch, it will be lovely when it is finished.
All the very best with your eye surgery Nancy... :o)

Krista Meister said...

Hoping for a successful eye operation and a speedy recovery!

linda said...

Wow, beautiful drawing! Brava!