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Exhibition of paintings for people with poor eyesight opens in Sochi

March 05, 2014, 15:35 UTC+3 SOCHI
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SOCHI, March 05. /ITAR-TASS/. An exhibition of paintings for people with poor eyesight opened at the Sochi museum of art in the framework of the 2014 Paralympics. On display are 15 paintings by local artist Olga Khrisanova who invented a special color scheme which could be felt by blind people allowed to touch the paintings.

The artist had realized before she began work on her paintings of still life and landscapes that every color on her paintings should be bright, be in sharp contrast with the rest of the colors and have its own structure which could be felt by touch. The artist used dots for red color, a special color scheme giving a semblance of grass — for green, sun rays — for yellow, waves — for blue and parallel strips — for dark blue.

Until recently all the pictures for people with poor eyesight had been provided with a dull description of the message in Braille script for blind. Therefore, the artist used her imagination to create colors resistant to finger touch. She added construction mixtures to the traditional palette, the artist said as she disclosed the secret of her technique. The easiest way was to paint blindfold, the artist said. She invited one of the museum keepers with poor eyes to consult with. He proved to be a strict judge and was the first one "to see" the exhibition.

Olga Khrisanova does not claim the laurels yet of a founder of a new trend in art; she is going to improve her method. "The most important thing is that more people will come to the Sochi museum now. Even people with poor eyesight can be "in touch" with the beautiful now in the direct sense of the word," the artist said.

Olga Khrisanova is a member of the Union of Artists of Russia.

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