That's what John Bramblitt does in all of his paintings. No matter what he's painting, dogs, buffalo, Marilyn Monroe, Bramblitt makes them stand out in truly beautiful ways by creating value with unique colors. Some paintings are more abstract than others, as can be observed when comparing the first photo to the second, but his style is definitely consistent, and absolutely BEAUTIFUL! This type of work is something I've been trying to do myself for so long, with varying degrees of success, but I've always really enjoyed painting regular things in unique ways. When I first saw these images, I immediately thought of the very first entry in my sketchbook this year:
To the left you can see a painting I did of my beautiful best friend Emma, and in a way, I think the style is so similar to Bramblitts, which is so exciting! However, one thing that differentiates Bramblitt from me, is that I can see.
Yep, you heard that right. John Bramblitt is BLIND.
I honestly didn't believe that someone without a sense of sight could creates paintings so meticulous, so beautiful, and with such close attention to detail, but after watching a few videos of Bramblitt making his work, I was fascinated by his process.
And that's literally what he does. When painting a new subject, Bramblitt brings them in to his studio, sits them down, and examines them using his hands. Be observes where their jaw meets their skull, the placement of their lips and nose and eyes, and even his subjects hairlines. As far as color goes, Bramblitt uses his unique use of color to create value despite not knowing the "real" colors of objects, and with absolutely beautiful outcomes. He creates 3D lines on his canvases before painting in order to feel where he is, and determine where he needs to paint next. In a way, while these are paintings, I feel they involve an element of sculpture as well through Bramblitt'c creative methods.
Overall, I am blown away by John Bramblitt's work, but even more by his confidence and happy outlook on life. After reading his FAQ page and biography, it shows that Bramblitt does not see his blindness as a disability, but rather a different way of looking at the world. Through this, he can create truly incredible art.