My muse Ruby Cat

July 17, 2018

Tricked Out Eyeglasses

April 11, 2018



Yesterday I drew a self-portrait (see below) that depicted only my nose and the features above it to focus on my tricked-out eyeglasses. For the past four weeks since undergoing cataract surgery I have been wearing my eyeglasses minus the right lens which makes my right eye look larger than my left eye, which behind the concave lens looks incredibly tiny by comparison.


I was the poster child for coke-bottled eyeglasses, which I have worn since I was a toddler. I use the term “coke-bottle” eyeglasses with affection because they brought me the gift of sight. The need for the prescription eyeglasses became apparent once I started to learn to walk because I literally walked into walls or into anything and everything else in front of me.


According to my mom (who with my dad are now resting in heaven), the day my ophthalmologist fitted me with my first eyeglasses was a game changer. As my parents were talking to the eye doctor in his office my mom noticed me staring  at her and then staring at my dad as they carried on a conversation. The eye doctor told mom that that was the first time I had seen either of my parents.


Some 50 years later I thought of my mom’s recollection of the day I received my first eyeglasses as I was being wheeled out of surgery minus a cataract and with a new lens in my right eye. My eyeglasses were lying on a table in the recovery room yet I could clearly see the nurses and doctors wearing surgical scrubs walking in and out of the room. I could feel my heart beating rapidly as I realized that something extremely remarkable had happened to me. This was not a dream.


The surgery literally opened that eye to seeing the world in a new way, without the blur that I had always seen whenever I took my eyeglasses off. My right eye had always been my weaker eye — mostly a placeholder, just there really, because I really never used it to see anything because my stronger left eye took over the job of seeing everything.


Now, without a thick lens in the eyeglasses frame — taken out after the surgery for obvious reasons — I have been catching myself looking out of this weak eye. I could make out letters with this eye if the letters are big and bold enough. The sky looks so, so big. I can see vignettes of light and life. Sometimes I take what’s left of my eyeglasses off altogether just because…the blur is gone!

Thanking God for this unexpected gift, for my new ophthalmologist, and for the opportunity to explore the world anew.


I did this skyscape from a photo I took at a Christmas evening party in Hayward. #iPadPro97 #ApplePencil #Procreate

February 6, 2018


Caught snoozing! Yesterday (Nov. 26, 2017) was a rather cool and rainy day and #PrincessRuby once again made my lap her throne.

November 28, 2017

I grabbed my iPad Pro 97 to do this quick sketch of my Ruby Cat asleep on my lap. Just being loose and having fun. #procreate #iPadArt #ApplePencil

September 20, 2017

August 26, 2007 – Day 7

September 18, 2007

drawn in churchBig oops! I missed posting a day — not a real problem. Because here it is.

August 27, 2007 – Day 8

September 9, 2007

A family friend gave my mom and I a bag of fruit yesterday. The peaches were large and beautiful and before devouring them I decided to draw and paint one. Instead of using watercolor paints I used pencils, which also have watercolor qualities when water is added. Ohhh, I love playing with my art supplies! a real peach

August 25, 2007 – Day 6

August 30, 2007

With only a couple of days notice I decided to take part in Sketchcrawl 15, an event that sends folks who like to sketch out into the streets of their cities either along or with others and draw the people and places and things around them. I joined a small group of sketchers in nearby Berkeley, CA. I’m not very productive so I only managed a handful of drawings. This is the first one, and it is anBerkeley statue arty statue on 4th Street

August 24, 2007 – Day 5

August 30, 2007

Back to that Every Day Matters challenge list… and I picked challenge 126, “Draw a sponge.” I found a bag of funky looking ocean sponges that are supposed to be used to painting projects, certainly not for this purpose. Anyhow, this is what happened. funky sponge

August 23, 2007 – Day 4

August 30, 2007

With this post I turned to the morning newspaper where I indulge in one of my favorite pastimes — reading the comics! When I’m really in a good mood I draw some of the cartoon characters. This one is theme-related, with a focus on some cartoon kids: young Robin from “For Better or For Worse,” Hamlet from “Hagar the Horrible,” and Hammie from “Baby Blues.” toon kids