Thursday, February 7, 2013

Seeing Through My Eyes

I found out recently that I am a tetrachromat. If you never heard of it, you are not alone...neither had I until 2 weeks ago. My sister is one too! Our father was color blind and so is my son, which means I have 4 cone cells in my eyes instead of the usual 3. I wasn't sure if the extra cone was "turned on" as the websites said, but after looking at pictures and asking a few questions, I'm sure now it is! How I didn't know this for over 50 years is totally beyond me! I always wondered why pictures didn't look like what I saw, but it never occurred to me that it was my eyes that were different! Here is a quick sketch of the apple that started me thinking I see colors differently:
I'm noticing colors in a new way so I wonder if my paintings will change at all. Speaking of paintings, I sold three in the last couple of weeks too,(my sister bought 1 for herself and 2 for her friends!) along with 2 of my stamp sets! It's been a good start to the year! There are a few new paintings added and I'll be adding more stamp sets later this weekend.
God is so amazing! He has truly made each of us in a unique way!
You are unique and wonderful too!!!
I'm linking with Paint Party Friday and Sunday Sketches this week. I hope you will join me and see what other wonderful artists have been making! (links on the right)

26 comments:

Lorraine said...

how strange to discover this condition now..well done on your recent sales happy ppf

Kim said...

My son has this and it's so interesting to see how he views the world. HPPF!

EVA said...

Lovely pieces! So how does it affect your colour vision? The apple looks normal to me...

Anns Art said...

Never heard of tetrachromat..there was this article recently (hope this isn't too long..but copy and paste) about a chap who has found a cure for colour blind -

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2275052/Have-scientists-created-lenses-cure-person-s-colour-blindness-New-glasses-help-sufferers-distinguish-red-green.html#axzz2KKTCMSDK


Saying that, your paintings looks Perfect.....ann.




Carol L McKenna said...

Wow! amazing discovery about how you see color ~ fun sketches ~

Carol of: (A Creative Harbor)
visiting from PPF

Netty said...

Terrific sketches. Happy PPF, Annette x

Anne Manda said...

Amazing discovery indeed! Wonderful pieces, luscious apple! Happy PPF!

Faye said...

Wow, Debbie, tetrachromal? The apple is beautiful and I really love the serenity in the angel.

craftattack said...

Lovely work Debbie! Valerie

Debbie said...

thank you all for your kind comments! eva, the apple i saw had orange in it and a color that a couple of friends at work could not see! oddly enough i drew it so softly that it doesn't show up much in the drawing I posted!

Debbie said...

thank you ann for the website! I'll check it out!

Linda said...

lovely sketches and painting! Congrats on your sales too-happy PPF!

Lynn Cohen said...

How would you know if "pictures did not look like what you saw"?
curious.
Lovely work!

Debbie said...

hi lynn, cameras do not pick up the colors that i see, they only take a picture in the range that soneone with 3 cones would see. last week, i took a picture of my dark brown couch & asked my husband if the color looked right. he said yes, but it looked completely different then what i saw. my couch has shades of yellows that i see, but the camera does not pick up.

Lynn Cohen said...

This is so interesting. Maybe you get MORE color than the rest of us then! A good thing!!! ;-)

Debbie said...

Yes Lynn, I see more colors and more shades then others see. It's really made me stop and look closely at almost everything!

Heather said...

oh i just love that angel! yummy apple, too!

Mary Walker Designs said...

It's amazing what we live with as normal you adapted well the apple looks good to me

Christine said...

beautiful paintings and an interesting discovery. I've never heard that term tetrachromat.

Tammie Lee said...

it is a joy to see your art

so happy for you selling your art, it is wonderful to consider it being enjoyed daily on walls.

Catherine Constance said...

Congrats on selling your paintings. Love the artwork. No I've never heard about tetrachomat. Doesn't seem to be affecting you much... :)

Denise Gilgannon said...

Well, it seems that your condition is quite an advantageous one! Your colors are so rich and genuine...love this self portrait!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Amen, God is amazing! You did an excellent job on that apple, and I really love your sweet angel. Blessings!

WrightStuff said...

We are indeed all uniquely amazing :)

Alexandra said...

I'd never heard of this condition either. Wow. It will be interesting to see how your art is (or not) affected now that you know this. Regardless, I enjoy coming here to see what you've created. :)

NTW Lauren Photography said...

Isn't it amazing how God works! He knew what beautiful art you would create with this eye condition!