Blind Painter Relies On Touch And Texture To Create Stunningly Vivid Paintings

March 23, 2015

While art has always been a major part of John Bramblitt's life, it wasn't until he completely lost his sight that he tried to paint for the first time. Now the Texas-based artist is creating stunning vivid paintings that burst with color and texture.

blind artist colorful paintings
John Bramblitt

From the age of 11, Bramblitt's vision was gradually stolen from him by epilepsy. By the time he was 30, seizures had rendered him completely blind, sending him into what he calls "the deepest, darkest hole" of depression.

"All of the hopes and dreams that I had for my life; all of the plans for what I would do after I graduated school were gone. I was not only depressed, but in mourning. The life that I had, along with the future that I was planning, was dead and gone," he says. "I felt like I had no potential; that basically I was a zero."

It was then, at the lowest point of his life, that Bramblitt resolved to get colors back in his life. A year after he became fully blind, he attempted to learn how to draw without sight by using a kind of fabric paint with raised edges. And although he says his first successful drawing was misshapen and clumsy, the fact that he could connect lines and curves to form a picture left him with hope as bright as a ray of sunlight shining on a dark world.

blind artist colorful paintings
John Bramblitt

After he forms a picture in his mind, he uses fabric paint to produce outlines that can be felt with his fingers. He discovered that different hues of oil paints don't feel the same in his hands - white, for example, is thick like toothpaste, while black is runnier. Knowing this, he can mix whatever shades he needs for his artwork. Meanwhile, braille on the tubes of paint help him identify the individual colors.

blind artist colorful paintings
John Bramblitt

blind artist colorful paintings
John Bramblitt

blind artist colorful paintings
John Bramblitt

blind artist colorful paintings
John Bramblitt

blind artist colorful paintings
John Bramblitt

blind artist colorful paintings
John Bramblitt

blind artist colorful paintings
John Bramblitt

blind artist colorful paintings
John Bramblitt

Via My Modern Met

Like us on Facebook!

Click Here For The Most Popular On Sunny Skyz

feel good videoMama Ferret Really Wants Her Human To See Her Babies

feel good storiesWendy's Got Into A Hilarious Sign Battle With Pure Water

feel good stories25 Funny Married Life Memes

feel good storiesDad Stands Over His Daughter During A Public Meltdown. This Is Why He Didn't Stop Her

feel good stories15 Cat Pictures Guaranteed To Make Your Day

feel good storiesMarine Veteran With PTSD Wants To Commit Suicide. After Reading This, He Decides To Keep Fighting

feel good videoMama Ferret Really Wants Her Human To See Her Babies

feel good videoDisabled Former Marine Sees His Grandson In Uniform For The First Time

feel good videoThis Gorilla Dancing In A Bathtub To 'Maniac' Is The Best Thing You'll See Today

feel good videoDad Tries To Eat Surstromming - The Stinkiest Food In The World. This Is Hilarious!

feel good videoThree Men Rescue A Bear Who Had Its Head Stuck In A Bucket For Days

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK!