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Study Up For ‘Think’ – Watch Blind Artist John Bramblitt’s Painting Process
by Lyndsay Knecht 10 Apr 2014

John Bramblitt started losing his sight when he was 11. Yet he makes striking paintings by drawing with fabric paint and, using the raised lines as a guide, filling in with oil paint. Watch him at work, listen to him on THINK.

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“For me, the world’s a lot more colorful now than it was when I had sight,” Bramblitt says.

“For me, the world’s a lot more colorful now than it was when I had sight,” Bramblitt says.

John Bramblitt started losing his sight when he was 11, because of a seizure disorder. He makes striking paintings by drawing with fabric paint and, using the raised lines as a guide, filling in with oil paint. Watch him at work before he joins Think host Krys Boyd along with Meadows Museum Director of Education Dr. Carmen Smith at noon.

“The great thing about oil paints is that they’re made from different substances. The colors actually feel different when you touch them,” he tells Veria Living in this art therapy video. “Like, white is really thick. And burnt sienna is kind of clumpy, and sort of like jelly. Black is a little bit more runny,” he says.

http://youtu.be/KwPzBRRuq3g

Listen to Think at noon and 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday on KERA 90.1 or stream online. 

 

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  • Mark Birnbaum

    I made this film about John Bramblitt a few years ago. I was astonished by his talent and perseverance. It was wonderful hearing him on THINK yesterday, to know that he’s still painting. He inspires me.

  • Mark Birnbaum

    I made this film about John Bramblitt a few years ago. I was astonished by his talent and perseverance. It was wonderful hearing him on THINK yesterday, to know that he’s still painting. He inspires me.