‘WE HUMANS are blessed with better noses, ears and eyes than we often give ourselves
credit for. Most of us walk about looking but not seeing, hearing but not listening
and sniffing but not smelling. Train yourself to use what nature gave you effectively.’
Nick Baker, The Amateur Naturalist
THESE SUPERMARKET reading glasses, currently on offer at Lidl for the price of a
café latté, are perfect for drawing as I can have them perched on my nose so that
my sketchbook is in focus but I don’t have to tilt my head to look up at my subject.
My regular glasses have a wider field of view for reading but this small pair will
now be going everywhere with me, in my artbag.
They feel more secure to wear than the fold-up glasses I used a few years ago and
in their slim case they don’t take up quite as much room in my bag.
With these glasses I’ve gone up a notch dioptres. My prescription is currently 1.75
but these are a little more powerful at 2.0. It was a revelation as soon as I put
them on; I could see such crisp, clear details - down to individual fibres - in the
stripy knitting of Barbara’s cardigan.