This still life was painted on an iPad. the patterned jug on the left contrasts with the green wine glass on the right.The below article is on the New York Public Library blog page.
The Art of Drawing When One is Blind or Has Low Vision
by Dana Simon, May 10, 2013
With my hand, I touch the outside, or contour, of a small ceramic jug, a container for cream. I slowly trace the curve of the rim, continuing to the pointed lip. I put down the jug, and pick up a piece of charcoal or a soft pastel. I draw round curves, recreating what I see in my mind’s eye, moving my hand across the paper, keeping pace with my inner vision.
I return to the small jug and begin again; tracing the contours of the round, squat body. But alas, when I try to return to the spot on the paper to begin drawing again, I have lost my spot! I cannot find it on the page. For I have low-vision and I just see some disconnected lines. I must devise a method to go back; perhaps if I put down the piece of charcoal to mark my spot? Yes, that works. I return to the small jug and begin again bit by bit I recreate the form, through touch, absorbing the shape, and then drawing it on the paper. Always keeping the pastel on the page to mark my spot, because if I don’t I may not find it again.
Years ago when my vision was better, I used to love drawing the contours of objects, the human figure, both nude and clothed with my eyes. My eyes would slowly follow the contours of what I was looking at and then, I would recreate what I saw on the paper. . .
Dana Simon’s work is figurative, and her vibrant energetic colors conveys great feeling. Working with materials like wood, Plexiglas and plaster life casts, she has created a way to break through limits set by the two dimensional form. Dana Simon has Usher’s Syndrome a progressive condition that affects both her sight and hearing.
”When I painted these works I still had good central vision, I had problems with depth perception and tunnel vision. These works use high contrast colors and large shapes. As I have a progressive condition and my vision has changed my work is always changing.”