Some of the most important artists of all time were visually imparred.
Leonardo DiVinci’s eyes turned outward with a disease called intermittent exotropia, meaning he could only see objects in 2D shapes.
French artist Edgar Degas, who is considered one of the founders of the French Impressionist movement, had a retinal degeneration condition and photosensitivity, affecting his central vision.
Claude Monet, inventor of Impressionism, developed cataracts that affected his color perception and vision acuity. Colors often looked muddy and had a yellowish tone to them, which he found highly frustrating.
Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, considered one of the greatest artists in art history had a condition called stereoblindness, which impacted his depth perception.
Impressionist artist Mary Cassatt began to lose her sight at age 55 was diagnosed with cataracts and diabetic retinopathy.
Russian legend Ilya Repin and legendary artist Vincent VanGogh were both believed to be colorblind.
In every case, these artists needed to develop systems to overcome their vision problems and still create great paintings.
Artist Kevin Macpherson has had poor vision his entire life. Rather than let that stop him, he embraced it. He actually saw the landscape as patches of color – as a mosaic. This immediately helped him to see the weights, intensity, and relationships of colors in the landscape.
Did it slow him down?
Absolutely not. Kevin Macpherson’s career has spanned 40 years. He has had his own TV show, has authored best-selling art books, and has been in about every major show you can imagine. He is considered the best of the best and is a living legend.
There is no doubt that Kevin is brilliant, but one of the reasons his paintings stand out and win top awards is that he invented a system, which he follows for every painting.
This system, which he calls the “magic grid” is so simple you’ll wonder how you lived without it, and it forces creative decisions that make your paintings stronger. He considers it the secret to his success.
In this new art instruction tutorial video, The Ultimate Master Class Volume 1: The Magic Grid: Landscapes, Kevin will amaze you. Take a look: