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Susie posted this Hopi Elders’ Prayer on her blog, reminding me that maybe I should end this day with something more than a joke. Sometimes the simple things are best to be thankful for, and although I have many many things to be thankful for, I can’t think of anything more important to a visual artist than the gift of sight. All my life I have worn glasses and contacts, and without them I am pretty much legally blind. In the fourth grade when asked if I could see the big E at the top, I said, “where’s the chart?”

I did this drawing at my annual checkup on Tuesday, waiting for the eye doc to come into the exam room. I’m learning to think of drawing as a form of seeing and meditation.

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  • Love the idea of drawing what is around you. I have been thinking on and off about visual journals lately and reading about them, buying supplies for them and not actually doing much about them. Your post jogged my mind! I usually carry a journal and write, or sometimes doodle, while I am waiting for something. Perhaps I should switch to a blank book? Thanks for the jolt!

  • Hi Pam,
    I read this post a couple of days before I went to the eye doctor. Like you, I have worn glasses nearly all of my life. As I’m getting older, I need them for reading, although I see fine close up without them. Anyway, it was quite a shock for me when the doctor diagnosed the beginning of Macular Degeneration. I am in my early 50’s and in the 2% that are diagnosed at my age. I almost wish I didn’t know. I have good eyesight now with no symptoms, but now I have this looming over me. I feel like I should get out of my slump and get to work because at some point I might not be able to see well enough to do it. Which proves, you don’t know what is right around the corner for you, so you have to make the most of every day.

  • Thanks Gerrie,

    I’m glad you wrote this, because I was starting to think I was boring everyone with my doodles. But I’m working towards trying to building a stronger bridge between my quilts and my drawings, it just takes time to work out new techniques.

    I’d love to see you granddaughter’s drawings. I’ve always been inspired by kid’s drawings, I have a couple of favorites that I collect — we can learn a lot from fresh eyes!

  • I am loving your drawings in your journal and I am getting up the courage to start. My granddaughter goes through journals like crazy. I wish you could see what she does; they are phenomenal. I will try to get some photos to show you. They are so detailed. And she has a bit of a warped sense of humor which you would love.

  • Hi Jill,

    Thanks so much! I don’t always understand exactly what you’re saying, but I love the enthusiasm that you inject into every email. Glad you got the magazine early this time, and you can tell your friend that you know me pretty well because we’ve exchanged lots of emails on lots of topics.

    And we’ve seen each other’s art, which may mean we know each other better than some casual acquaintances who never talk about art or anything that they are passionate about.

  • Congrats Pam you have pages and pages in Quilting Arts and l got it today in the UK the last one only came last week, but the pictures are great and you look lovely, l was saying to a friend l know her and she was saying you can’t and l am saying you get to know people when you send them an email, she gave up in the end thinking ‘Jills lost the plot again’
    I would give you a big hug so as l can’t hre isa virtualone
    ((((((((((((((0))))))))))))) 0)))))))))))))))

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