As the sun begins to set and I’m rushing to complete a quick little post, we have these last-minute sunglasses in answer to our prompt today. Glasses are devilishly difficult to sketch and so I just grabbed a couple of colors and dove in for this quick little doodlewash. It’s only the start of the week and I’m feeling rather exhausted. I’m sure my eyes would betray me, so perhaps wearing sunglasses this evening isn’t such a bad idea after all. Wearing sunglasses makes many people look rather cool, but I’m not sure I have the face for them. At least I don’t think I look particularly cool while wearing them. On me, they look precisely like “eye protection” which, though sensible, is not particularly sexy. Since I’m too lazy to put in my contacts much of the time, sunglasses aren’t always an option. And those clip-on sunglasses are definitely clever but most look a bit strange. As if being called “four eyes” in school wasn’t enough, I could now be referred to as “six eyes.”
I’ve worn glasses since I was very young. My eyesight has never been particularly good and I’m always amazed at adults who are just now “considering glasses.” I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t need them. Thankfully, due to advances in technology, they now have lenses that aren’t as noticeably thick. I’m able to wear much more fashionable glasses now and one would hardly know just how necessary they are. It strikes me as a bit counterintuitive that someone with such bad eyesight like myself would choose a career in the visual arts. But I’ve always been like that. If you tell me I can’t do something then I’m twice as likely to give it a go. You don’t even have to say the word “dare” as that’s as much implied by the mere suggestion. I realize there are also surgeries now to correct vision, but upon hearing the word “laser” my enthusiasm for this was replaced by sheer terror.
Luckily, over the past several years my prescription has stayed roughly the same. Sure, I still need glasses in order to see where the hell I put my glasses, but at least it’s not getting worse at the moment. I think that’s another reason why painting is so precious to me. The idea that I could observe something this closely and recreate it makes me feel a sense of accomplishment. There are so many things in life that could hold us back if we let them. Some people are blessed with perfect genes that make them seem almost supernatural, while the rest of us, which is actually most of us, suffer from some flaw or another. These little flaws are what make us special. Cool, if you will, in our own unique way. And though there are people with perfect vision who can see things much clearer than I can, I know, in my heart that my vision is simply of a different kind. I have big dreams and huge plans that I can see quite clearly in my head. And though they may exhaust me at times, I know that with perseverance they’ll come true. Until then, I’ll try to get a bit more sleep, and when necessary, simply wear sunglasses at night.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Ultramarine Blue and Neutral Tint. Alvin Draft-Matic Mechanical Pencil in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
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