When Lisa Fittipaldi went blind at the age of forty-seven, she descended into a freefall of anger and denial that lasted for two years. In this moving memoir, she paints a vivid picture of the perceptual and emotional darkness that accompanied her vision loss, and her arduous journey back into the sighted world through mastery of the principles of art and color. The challenge of a child's watercolor set, thrown down like a gauntlet by her frustrated husband, opened the door to a new life. Discovering that her ...
When Lisa Fittipaldi went blind at the age of forty-seven, she descended into a freefall of anger and denial that lasted for two years. In this moving memoir, she paints a vivid picture of the perceptual and emotional darkness that accompanied her vision loss, and her arduous journey back into the sighted world through mastery of the principles of art and color. The challenge of a child's watercolor set, thrown down like a gauntlet by her frustrated husband, opened the door to a new life. Discovering that her ability to master the small world of the canvas enabled her to navigate the wide world she'd lost, she painstakingly taught herself to draw and paint, substituting rigorous study of the principles of art and color theory for her lost vision. Lisa doesn't see color, distance, dimension, or print. Yet she depicts groups of people caught in the activities of daily living in astonishing detail and spectacular. She has sold over 500 original paintings internationally. Scientists and researchers seek out her insight into vision and perception. "I truly feel that unless blindness had toppled the carefully maintained edifice I called my life, there is no way that I would be the kinder, more fulfilled person I am today," Lisa writes, "I found my life's passion in painting. Blindness took away my sight but gave me clarity of vision. It took blindness to teach me the meaning of love and friendship."
A brilliant career woman channels her intelligence, determination, and resourcefulness into finding an answer, but not knowing to what. It is difficult to conceive that her images come from an internal memory bank, eloquently transferring onto canvas. Just as skillfully she takes the reader through this process managing to explain the impossible. After reading all night I finished the book feeling refreshed and inspired. A remarkable woman!
If you have ever wondered what it is like to be blind, "A Brush With Darkness" will bring that experience alive. Lisa Fittipaldi is a good storyteller, funny and insightful. She knew nothing about art before she lost her sight, so she had to learn everything about perspective and composition and color from scratch, in her own unique way, so her insights into art and painting are unique. A good read!
I got so caught up in this story about a blind painter that I read it in one sitting.More than a compelling tale about overcoming adversity, `A Brush With Darkness' took me vividly into the world of blindness and helped me understand what it's like to live in a forbidding and inescapable blackness. Lisa Fittipaldi takes you step-by-step through the process by which she slowly learned to paint and, in doing so, learned to live again in the world. I highly recommend this book for anyone depressed
This is a well-written story about a woman who, after being suddenly plunged into darkness, struggling with denial and profound depression, ultimately triumphs and goes on to soar into a life she could never have imagined. This is a truly inspirational story which has lessons for all of us.
This book touched me like no other I have read. Enlightening glimpses into extreme adversities, a lesson in the inner resources of a brave and talented individual and an inspirational message that made me believe that I can master any challenge if I only give myself the chance. For anyone interested in what makes up creativity, how art and artists emerge and how we all have the ability to use our hidden talents, this book is a must.
A trauma care nurse and CPA before she lost her sight, Lisa Fittipaldi, whom the London Telegraph calls "a rising star in the art world," began selling her work in 1996, first at local shows, then at art fairs around the country, and today on her Web site and in galleries all over the world. She has appeared on dozens of local and national television programs, granted radio and print interviews, and given speeches and demonstrations to both blind and sighted audiences. She founded the Mind's Eye Foundation in 1999 to provide specially equipped computers to vision- and hearing-impaired schoolchildren so they can remain in mainstream schools. She and her husband, Al, presently reside in South America.