According to those who are teaching at guide dogs school for the blind, they do not favor any one student but there is a picture of one graduate which was hung on the wall just recently. Jeannie the golden retriever is now stationed as the blind seeing eye dog of a Denver, Colorado lady and she is the one in the picture. No longer able to see is the artist who was responsible for this spectacular portrait of Jeannie. Dealing with blindness and the other events in her life became much easier when she was able to spend some time painting. At the time when her eyesight was still okay, she loved to paint scenes from the Indian life in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Is painting still a meaningful activity?
In this case, she gathers all of her ideas and then she paints. By spending some time to reflect, she gets a picture of what to paint in her head. Most of the time, she would make outlines with pins but the pins tended to disfigure the canvasses which she uses. When it comes to this artist, she no longer finds use in these pins.
When she painted Jeannie, she began by making a line drawing with a crayon. When Jeannie was painted, the artist had already lost her sense of sight and so how was she able to paint her?
Everything that she painted was solely based on how the instructor at the school described Jeannie when she was given to the artist. Golden with some highlights of bronze and brown, the instructor told her that Jeannie was like the sun. During her painting sessions, at any given time only three colors of paint are used and her sense of smell helps her to differentiate the pigments from one another.
Using her finger, she painted the tail of Jeannie for it to have that proud and fluffy look but for the rest of the painting, she used a small brush. When questioned about how it feels like not being able to see what she paints, all that she said was she has this innate feeling telling her that they are good. After finishing the portrait of Jeannie, Jeannie growled and danced a bit after seeing it.
She really painted Jeannie well. From the guide dogs school for the blind, she learned that her disability cannot slow her down. More than 87 per cent of the school's alumni are gainfully employed at jobs that range from newspaper delivery to hair styling. For every man and dog team, there is an expense of $1700 incurred by the school for the training but they do not ask of this money from the blind students.