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A Whole New “it” Brain

 

The popular book A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink, exemplifies a new movement towards rebalancing our left and right brain hemispheres. He postures that the high paying executive jobs now filled with left-brain information types will be replaced by the new desirables – the “creatives”, who are more in tune with their right side. Our current educational system encourages left brain thinking while art schools tend to encourage the right. Even though Betty Edward’s book, Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain, has become a household phrase, our right side has been belittled and downplayed as the lesser brain functioning power for decades. The key is probably somewhere in the middle, to create a balance between both sides for a healthier, happier, productive and functioning society.

In meditation the left brain (words, analytical judgments, etc) is subdued so the right side (spatial, timeless) can better evoke the desired calm. In Kimon Nicolaides’ best-selling book, The Natural Way to Draw he writes that while focused in the right side of the brain there can be no mistakes. In meditation, just as in creating art, the right side is dominant. It is interesting that both meditation groups and attendance in art workshops are gaining in popularity. The activity of viewing art, however, offers another opportunity to utilize the right side as well.

In the act of seeing, our eyes have the ability to perceive two different ways: optically and tactilely, and each of us tends to favor one over the other. Seeing optically we focus on the light and dark qualities and color. Seeing tactilely our eyes extend tiny illusionary “hands” outwards almost like touching the viewed objects, and we see sculpturally noticing the tactile qualities. Those favoring the tactile approach first notice a painting’s surface quality or texture. When next visiting a museum or gallery, take a moment and notice where your eyes wander; what attracts them, and what remains unnoticed on the walls. When artists give attention to all aspects of an artwork; the light and dark, the color, and sensuousness of the surface, then the artwork has the potential to attract a wider audience by appealing to both types of viewers.

photo credit: nhne-pulse.org

4 thoughts on “A Whole New “it” Brain

  1. Many thanks for the books mentioned. They helped to create speculative thoughts for me which I believe help with creativity. Your new paintings look lovely on the screen and I wish I lived in Boston to attend your exhibition. Gold leaf is an exciting medium to begin with and your work adds to the drama. Congratulations!

  2. Nancy,
    Thank you for taking the time to keep us informed about new ideas and techniques. I look forward to reading Pink's new book. Your new work is lovely. Congratulations.
    Ann

  3. Hi Nancy,

    Your work is beautiful. Nice to learn about the new techniques. My only request was…I was wondering if you can increase the font size while writing the blogs ! This would really help my already strained eyes 🙂

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