Saturday, November 21, 2009

Update on the Retina Problem

Arroyo-Presidio--Lajitas Road, 2008
Oil on Canvas 15 x 30 Inches

Arroyo with Sedge-Presidio-Lajitas Road, 2008
Oil on Canvas 24 x 36 Inches

The retina problem continues. On November 12, I had an exam by my doctor here in Santa Fe and he found that the retina had developed an edema and that my vision had worsened since the last exam which had been five weeks earlier.

This is when I decided to get additional opinions on my condition. It wasn't that I did not trust my doctor, I just wanted to have his regimen confirmed, or learn what else could be done for me to get my vision back in the right eye. As a result I am going to Dr. Brooks McCuen at the Duke Eye Center in Durham, NC on November 22 and to Dr. Tim Murray at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL on December 7. Surely these two visits will accomplish what I hope.

All studio work on painting has, for all intents and purposes, stopped. I have not been able to finish what I had started with the Pinto Canyon paintings. I did go out to the Badlands north of Santa Fe and outside the community of La Puebla to draw the hoodoos in the land formations. What I found was that I could not tell up from down on the ground. Merely stepping across the landscape was very difficult and uncertain. I could not see volumes. And, the result was that I was unable to draw what I was not seeing. Very frustrating.
I will post an update once I know something. Meanwhile, I am sending works for exhibit at the Annual Trappings of Texas Exhibition at the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine, TX opening in late February and extending into April.