Yellow Trumpet

Charles Blackwell

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Charles Blackwell

San Francisco

“I make art to be an encouragement and inspiration to myself and others. I love when I can inspire others to live and to discover wonder in themselves.”

As a young man, Charles Blackwell’s visual art studies at Sacramento City College were cut short after he fell head-first down a steep slope, damaging his eyesight. An artist since a young age, Charles is now legally blind, only able to use some peripheral vision. He dropped out of school, struggling to reconcile his artistic dreams with his unexpected disability. “I thought, ‘Man, what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening to me?’”

Charles redirected his studies toward sociology and social work, but after graduate school struggled to find employment. “There’s more than just being able to go through daily life after losing your eyesight,” he says. “It comes down to an emotional side. There’s a lot of rejection. Boy, I got hit hard.”

When he went blind, Charles’ doctor told him, “take your defect and make it an asset.” Charles has grown to embody this phrase, continuing his lifelong passion of making art by using an entirely new style, freedom, and way of working to compensate for his limited vision. He creates his artwork using primarily ink and canvas, leaning in closely to see through his peripherals, and using rich, vibrant colors.

Charles is now living in Oakland, California. He has won numerous service awards for his volunteer work and advocacy for the arts, and has authored three books: Redemption Beyond Blindness; Fiery Responses to Love’s Calling; and Is, the Color of Mississippi Mud. Charles joined ArtLifting in August, 2016, after being referred through the community arts studio in San Francisco's Tenderloin District. Now, his works are accessible across the United States, adorning walls, tote bags, notebooks, and phone cases with his beautiful and inspiring art. He hopes that by sharing his artwork he can increase his income, obtain stable housing, and continue to inspire as many people as possible.

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Bass Player 2
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Sun on Top of Quilt
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The 19th Afro Cuban Dancer
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Woman in the Evening
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Woman in Waiting
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Working Hard & Lonely
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Yellow Saxophone
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Yellow Trumpet
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Zoom-Ding Zoom-Ding Ding-Ding Feel the Vibes
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Originals by Charles Blackwell

55 Feet to the Stage with Bass Run on Paper
Charles Blackwell

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Afro Dancer Jazzed Up Dance for Whoo
Charles Blackwell

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All in an Attempt to Hit the Last Note
Charles Blackwell

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Blue Collar Workers at the Pub in Wales
Charles Blackwell

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Blue Saxophone
Charles Blackwell

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City Limits
Charles Blackwell

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Connecting with Muse Can Make a Scream Blend In
Charles Blackwell

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I Once Caught Rahsaan Roland Kirk Live
Charles Blackwell

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Kulu Se Mama's Nephew
Charles Blackwell

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La Bomba
Charles Blackwell

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Marty and Riley
Charles Blackwell

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Marty, Riley, and George Conference in the Basement
Charles Blackwell

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No Coin for Bubble Gum Mercy
Charles Blackwell

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One Standing, One Sitting 2
Charles Blackwell

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One Standing, One Sitting 3
Charles Blackwell

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Seven Times the 7 the Horn Player Blows
Charles Blackwell

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Temporarily Holding the Note
Charles Blackwell

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The 19th Afro Cuban Dancer
Charles Blackwell

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The Edge of the Concert
Charles Blackwell

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The Village The Ceremony The Unpredictable
Charles Blackwell

Original

We Don't Know for Sure
Charles Blackwell

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When the Arrow of Love Hits
Charles Blackwell

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Woman in the Evening
Charles Blackwell

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Woman in Waiting
Charles Blackwell

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Working Hard & Lonely
Charles Blackwell

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Zoom-Ding Zoom-Ding Ding-Ding Feel the Vibes
Charles Blackwell

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