Concerning my painting future, I'm actually not too worried about my Macular Degenration as yet. In fact, I used to see far too much and therefore put in too much. I learned years ago about "essentials". I recall reading Charles Hawthorne on Painting in which he says "Only the farmer cares about the correct number of windows you put in the painting of his barn". One of our finest American painters (Lennart Anderson, Emeritus Professor of Painting,Brooklyn College) is now 90% blind from MD but had a show of beautiful work he's done recently. He is a highly disciplined tonal painter, as was Hawthorne, Edwin Dickenson, and William Merrit Chase so tonal information penetrates his malady quite enough to discern the same elegant relationships that he always sought. I'm attaching a few of his paintings so you can see the "type" of work he does.
The last image (Lion Mask) is the most recent (2007, I believe) An example of his tonal judgment producing authentic solidity and atmosphere despite his near blindness.
We all have different ways of describing our processes of painting or drawing. I found an interview with Anderson on the Net this morning while looking for some of his paintings.
Here's the html address for that interview:
The first Q and A minute in the interview is particularly significant and funny.