Yesterday I had my annual trip to the opticians to get my eyesight checked and prescriptions reviewed. I've been thinking for some time that I should get some glasses for computer use - so, as my prescriptions had changed, I ended up needing to change the lenses in both my varifocals and reading glasses - and got a new pair of 'intermediate' prescription glasses for the computer. Just a bit expensive - but at least I came away with the reading and computer glasses (stylish blue titanium!) the same day although I have to wait a little longer for my varifocals.
Varifocals are absolutely marvellous for sketching and painting as you don't have the problem of not being able to see either the scene or your paper! When my eyesight first started to deteriorate I was able to manage with little glasses perched on the end of my nose so I looked over them at the scene and through them on to the paper. This stopped working and I switched to varifocals - and have had a great time ever since!
Anyway, all of the testing and fitting took a bit of time - so out came the Moleskine! The first sketch is of the opticians. Mandeep and Fred who were sorting my glasses for me and the others working there were all fascinated by the process, the result and the fact that it would end up in my blog and my sketch got shown to everybody. (Fred would like to draw and, in case he's reading this, I recommended to him the book I always recommend to people who want to learn - which is Betty Edwards's "Drawing on the Right Side of The Brain").
The second sketch is of Pret a Manger where I went for a sandwich while waiting for the new lens to be fitted. It can't, of course rival Wally's Starbucks sketches - but I try!
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