Posted by dbyrd on 7/8/2001 at 7:38 AM
I was watching tv and saw a lady who was legally blind (not color-blind). When she lost her sight, she began painting. Can you tell me her name and any information you have on her. Her paintings are VERY important. Thanks for your help.
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Lisa Fittipaldi, blind artistPosted by lzelvin on 7/9/2001 at 10:12 AM
Lisa Fittipaldi must be the artist you are talking about. She has a web site at:
Curiously, if you just read through her web page, there is both the implication that she has some vision but also that she cannot see her own art work. There is a lot of mystique projected around how she manages to paint, but knowing whether she has some residual vision might quell some of the mystery. Not to diminish her accomplishment.
blind artistPosted by Ann Cunningham on 7/14/2001 at 1:16 PM
Tina Blatter, art director of Accessible Arts in Kansas City, Kansas is also a blind painter of great talent. I have know Tina for over ten years and her dedication to her art work and sharing art work with others of all abilities is truly inspiring.
BLIND ARTISTPosted by wiznard on 8/21/2001 at 8:42 AM
iF YOU READ THE ARTICLES WRITTEN ON THE ARTIST YOU WILL FIND HER VISION IS DESCRIBED AS HAND MOTION. THE ART IS CONSIDERED EXCEPTIONAL EVEN FOR A FULLY SIGHTED PERSON. LESS THAN 1% OF ALL VISUAL ARTISTS CAN PAINT PEOPLE REALISTICALLY. SO THINK ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF TALENT SHE POSSESSES AND NOT HER PERCENTAGE OF LOSS.
blind artistPosted by POOP on 8/21/2001 at 8:48 AM
i read the comment on 7/09/01 about the blind artist while researching your sight. it seems the point is that this artist has broken out of the stereotypes of where other blind/visually impaired artists sell or exhibit their work. if this Tina person was so great, she too would be selling in the general art market. what astounds me about this website is that eveything seems to be directed to functioning in a world exclusive to the blind. Strange but you would think that here is an example of "you can do anything" if given a chance. Her artwork is exceptional not just good.
Re:blind artistPosted by rabidweezel on 1/4/2003 at 7:18 PM
I am trying to compile a database of blind artists, individuals, and organizations who support them for a benefit exhibition around Christmas this year. Any refrences are welcome. Happy New Year.
Re:blind artistPosted by bethine on 6/1/2003 at 11:22 PM
We recently saw an article on Lisa Fittipaldi. It appears that her vision is very limited. a few per cent central vision and has light/motion perception. Is this severe?
the work is outstanding for even someone with full vision and yet, we all think that the blind are limited to the tactile arts alone. Comments?
Re:blind artistPosted by daisy_83 on 12/7/2003 at 1:16 AM
well, i had a great-grandmother who went through the same thing, her name was Jane Rusell. have you heard of her????
Re:blind artistPosted by jipsy on 2/25/2005 at 10:15 AM
I have seen the art from websites of both Lisa Fittipaldi and Tina Blatter's work. Both started painting after not being able to see (Tina was born blind, I gather). Tina's work is more abstract, but has some nice colors and is litterally textural so that it can be experienced in tactile form as well as in visual form. Lisa's work is more traditional, using oil paints and watercolor, and probably harder to experience unless you have vision.
As an artist myself, let me say that it is challenging enough learning to be a visual artist even with the aid of sight. When I first heard someone tell me that blind people can do just about anything a sighted person can, I thought to myself, well, they cannot be an artist. I was wrong. I'm glad I was, too. If one day I lose my own seeing, I could maybe retrain myself to keep doing what I love, even if I can't see my pictures myself (that would still be sad). Lisa's paintings especially are very good. There is so much involved in painting, things like composition and color theory and where to place shadows and things, that I learned intuitively. She must have had to learn all of that from theory, something I never thought about before. Of course, having been able to see in the past would make understanding the concepts intuitively easier, but not easier to learn to paint from scratch. Like I said, there is a lot of theory behind it.
Lastly, I wanted to say that I was deeply disturbed by wiznard's comment that only 1% of visual artists can paint the figure realistically. That has not been my experience. If the arist is a professional, and not a photographer or designer, that is. However most artists who can draw and paint can, in fact, paint the figure realistically, but it is usually hard at first and many artists choose not to do it. But if they went to almost any kind of art school, they would have learned how to. Sorry if this seems picky, but I was kind of offended by the 1% figure, as I know many artists and they can almost all of them handle realism, and human figure.
Re:blind artistPosted by kmtills on 3/30/2005 at 1:29 PM
I gradually began losing my central vision approx. 5 years ago. I had been an artist all my life and I was devastated by my vision loss. Since then I have not been able to do any drawings as all I know is creating as a sighted person. This has been an incredibly frustrating loss for me, and I was wondering if anyone else has been there also.
Re:blind artistPosted by kkridler on 11/18/2005 at 2:02 AM
I also have recently become blind from myopic mac. degeneration. I am an artist. My career has been in graphic design, which I can no longer do with any accuracy or efficiency. I am training muy eyes to use my peripheral vision more. I have always loved to paint, and still can if I work much larger. I am taking some painting classes in mediums I haven't tried, to discover new styles and methods of working (I am a realist, and I need to loosen up my work). I have found that by working from a photo of my subject, I can scan it and then enlarge it as big as I need to see details to paint by. I keep my large computer screen close to me in my studio, and paint from the enlarged picture as reference. This has worked well so far. I am trying to take advantage of assistive technology to find new creative outlets. I am going on disability from my job very soon. I am worried that I won't get Social Security. I do plan to have another career in art at some point - possibly teaching, but I don't know what yet. I am still getting used to being blind. My website with the work I did when I cold see is at www.kathleenkridler.com
Re:blind artistPosted by mula on 3/16/2006 at 4:19 AM
I am a STUDENT and are working on a project called BLIND ART at the moment. You know how we are it might most definately change!!! If you have any information or know any one I can speak to or if YOU are the person I can speak to please contact me on email@example.com
Thanx I appreciate it.
Re:blind artistPosted by orionsbabe on 9/8/2006 at 4:55 PM
Hi. I am new to this sight and find this subject fascinating as I am legally blind and an artist and struggling to find out how to get my work out there and even if it is a possibility. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Re:blind artistPosted by Surrealism on 10/31/2006 at 12:16 AM
Myself being an artist... I cannot imagine how satisfying being an artist would be. Alot of the enjoyment comes from seeing your piece evolve from basic shapes to a detailed or beautiful piece and this would be missing. It might be a tough decision to make but maybe taking up something like music would be more emotionally bearable? people tell me that my artwork is amazing and it's hard to believe them even with me being able to see it.
Re:blind artistPosted by kjuergensen on 11/15/2006 at 7:59 AM
I am posting this from a television production company that is currently producing a documentary series for teh Discovery Channel about the human body and it's amazing ability to cope and change when necessary.
One of our programmes is concerned with sight and we would very much like to cover colour blindness. We are hoping to speak to an artist who has become colour blind as he/she would be in a good position to tell u about the conbdition and the impact it has had on her/ his life.
If you are such a person or if you can think of someone who we shoulkd speak to about this please contact me on the following e-mail address:
Blind Artist Awakens!Posted by sightless on 2/10/2007 at 1:19 AM
Greetings all, this is the first time I have ever posted anything on the Net. I hope to be a part of this most interesting community. My sight was damaged by a look into bright welding at the age of five and its gone down hill every since and now have about 5% left and its going slowly. I use to paint way back when but people told me that blind people can't be artists and I fell into their opinions. However, some 35 years later that creative force in me has come alive again and it won't leave me alone. I've begun painting and creating collages and I'm only sorry that I listened to those that helped quench my creative powers. But now I'm back and after reading some of your comments it is wonderful to realize that their are others out there that also have a tale to be told. So please feel free to contact me with any of your thoughts or if you want to ask or interview a blind artist with much time to make up, please feel free. Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org if this is allowed here. I create large canvases because its so much easier to see with the little sight I still have. I also use a new camera system called the Clerity Flex to enhance the area I need to detail on screen. I also use Jaws speach program with Magic and do a lot of writing. If I can help anyone out there just let me know. I go by MMM.. or had to use the name sightless.
I'm soon to have my works photographed and a site is waiting to be placed into mmotion. It will be called, Out Of Sight Creations.net . I am alive again and ready to get creating once again. Take care all and its nice having a place to learn about the needs and interests of others, take care all!
MMM or sightless
Re:blind artistPosted by susan ferraro on 5/15/2007 at 11:08 PM
I am an art teacher and I specialze in assesability for the vissually impaired. This is a passion of mine and am proud to say my students (adults and children have been recognized on both the local and national level for their excellence. Anyone with questions or interest, feel free to contact me.
Re:blind artistPosted by moldyfig on 7/25/2007 at 10:58 AM
To whom it may concern,
I am artist atemting to put together a conceptual performance piece involving a blind person preferably an artist. The work is very sensitive, chanlenging and complicated on top of this it is an involved work of art that will be trying for the participant, therefore I ask that people only respond if they are truely interested--obviously once that level of interest is established I happily share the details of the project.
-Sam Shainberg (respones are welcome at email@example.com)
Re:blind artistPosted by PRINTATLARGE on 10/21/2007 at 7:12 PM
i'm just joining in, so help me get up to speed.
I work with words, giving the viewer a taste of how I "see" the world. The piece I'm going to submit to an upcoming exhibit takes a monologue I've written and blows it up to 24pt. When it's blown up to 11x17, you can imagine how large the print will be for viewers.
Re:blind artistPosted by Gwendy66 on 10/21/2007 at 7:29 PM
I have read many articles nationally and internationally about Jay Lonewolf. He is a completely severely color blind artist who has been tested scientifically and has severely damage stems and cones. He can only see in black and white yet he paints in brilliant colors. He paints without light in complete darkness. Google him , it is a very compelling story.
Re:blind artistPosted by jjaworek on 1/28/2008 at 7:01 PM
I am an art instructor at the New Jersey Foundation for the Blind; we have many students who paint, sculpt and create assemblage art. Please consider me a resource if I may be of assistance, or also please pass along information on other artists/events/educational opportunities.
Re:blind artistPosted by CINDYCORTES on 10/25/2008 at 2:46 AM
Artist Jay Lonewolf will unveil his new work, Wall Street Totem, at the Mario Flores Gallery in North Miami on Friday, October 31, 2008, 6 p.m.-11p.m. Lonewolf, who suffers from rod monochromacy, or complete color blindness, recently completed a new series of works which depicts the current U.S. economic crisis. Lonewolf said Wall Street Totem is “a statement about America's current economic crisis and how it has spiraled into the largest financial shock since the Great Depression.” Lonewolf can see only in black and white or grayscale. His new series about the climate on Wall Street explodes in vibrant colors and textures, spawning a 3D effect. The new exhibition opens Friday, October 31, and continues through November.
Re: blind artistPosted by MichaelAWilliams on 5/16/2012 at 4:35 PM
My name is Michael Anthony Williams, I am a visually impaired artist who has a site at http://www.uniquewanders.com. I have a few pieces due to updating and having sold many. I am constantly updating the site with new art pieces and news event.
Re: blind artistPosted by MichaelAWilliams on 5/22/2012 at 4:10 PM
Visually Impaired Artist Michael A. Williams has updated his site at http://www.uniquewanders.com
Re: blind artistPosted by TheBlind.US on 11/17/2012 at 8:33 AM
Is it hard to be a blind artist? When you walk away from a piece for a time you would need to refeel it each time.
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The US Blind Resource Directory
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