Online quiz leads partly blind woman to find happiness through art
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Online quiz leads partly blind woman to find happiness through art

Ysabelle Vautour is an artist who grew up in Grand Barachois, a small Acadien village near Shediac, and now lives in Fredericton. (Sarah Morin/CBC) Ysabelle Vautour was born partly blind and grew up hating painting. But on New Year’s Day she started a 365-day art challenge because of an online quiz. Vautour enjoyed sketching when she was younger, but found painting frustrating because she’s colour blind and has 20/200 vision, making her legally blind and unable to drive. "I always felt like I shouldn’t be touching this, this is not my domain," said Vautour, who grew up in Grand Barachois, a small Acadien village near Shediac. She now lives in Fredericton. One afternoon last November, her boss at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind sent her a personality quiz. The quiz was about what kind of work provides happiness and fulfilment. It told her she needed to be creative and artistic in order to feel satisfied. "I was like, ‘Man, I don’t do any of those things. I should maybe try that out.’" One day, Vautour picked up a sketchbook and art supplies at a dollar store and began painting. (Sarah Morin/CBC) Vautour ventured out to a dollar […]

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