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A Blessing Well Disguised: A Blinded Artist’s Inner Journey Out of the Dark

By: Lloyd Burlingame


Confronting the catastrophe of sight loss, an artist embarks on an inner Odyssey attempting to find new meaning for his life. Discovering the reality of the powers of the psyche, he is guided by dreams, whose healing images he paints as his sight fails.

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Lloyd Burlingame, successful Broadway stage designer and distinguished educator in theater arts, was at the height of his career when he learned that a hereditary condition would destroy most or all of his vision. Feeling the loss not only of his profession but also his identity, he asked himself: “What good is a blind artist?”

This is Burlingame’s story of seeking meaning in suffering and discovering an inner source in Jungian analysis. While still able to paint, he recorded the dream images that offered guidance on the inner road deep within him. Reproduced here, a selection of his paintings uniquely adds to his story.

On his journey of discovery, he reinvents himself as an author. Yet he considers the greatest achievement of his life to be finally accepting himself as nature made him: a unique individual, able to embrace the formerly despised and rejected parts of himself, to attain wholeness, freed to live fully.

Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
About the Author:Lloyd Burlingame is a scenery, lighting and costume designer, educator, fine artist and author. After more than twenty years of designing on Broadway, Off Broadway, regionally and in opera, he turned all the design skills he had learned into coping with the gradual loss of almost all of his vision. As his sight went ‘down on dimmer’, he turned to painting very large canvases and designing huge fabric collages. Burlingame continues to paint, doing so now with words. He has written two prior books, Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan!…a love story and his theatre memoir: Sets, Lights and Lunacy: A Stage Designer’s Adventures on Broadway and in Opera. He has been the recipient of two Fulbright research grants for study abroad and has been awarded emeritus status as well as the “Distinguished Teaching Medal” by New York University. Alumni of the Design Department for Stage and Film from the 26 years Burlingame headed that school currently design nationally and internationally and have been recipients of major awards for design, including the Oscar, Tony and Emmy. He himself received the Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design in 2012.
Product Dimensions:6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Publication Date:September 30, 2014