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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Another anecdote on Left/Right Brain Duel

I have been making the leap to my left brain activities for the past few days. Always hate to make the journey, because the journey back to the right takes just as much effort.

Back when I was in the needlecraft design business, my friends could always predict my eminent journey by my behavior. Becoming almost reclusive, doing anything BUT the task at hand, finally settling down to generate a new series of designs. Then I'd become more human again.

Last week I began a new website design for Mr. Les. Funny aha occurred! I wrote several posts ago about
Vicki and Randy Ross Art: Right Brain/Left Brain Entertainmen
how I hypnotize my left brain to 'shut up', with my ipod IN MY EARS. Music in the background does not work the same.

Well, Monday, I was having real trouble concentrating on web design and programming...the software changes a couple times a year, always with newer, bigger, better tricks and is like starting from scratch every time you do a site.

Guess what? I had my ipod IN MY EARS, and my left brain was otherwise occupied. No wonder I was having trouble! Turn on the background music, left brain engaged, and everything started to fall in place...made great progress on the site.

This is all nothing new, evidenced by the success of Betty Edwards doctoral thesis turned into book 'Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain', which is published in 30 languages/countries. Her son, Brian is interested in doing a 5 day workshop here...SO, I'm not a freak about LB/RB. Just figuring out how to work with my good fortune to be strong in both!


Erika Nelson said...

Hey that's where MY CHARTS went lol Wanna trade those for blank canvas sheets? :) I know I know it's best to paint my own per Mr Schmid's recommendation. I don't know how you did yours so fast!

Well you're lucky that you know how to keep you LB-RB under control! Can't wait to see how Les's site looks after you wave your magic wand!

vickiandrandyrossart said...

well, I LUV left brain activity! And as a 25+ year veteran of graphic design that involved doing paste-ups and keylining by hand, I am adept at using T-square and x-acto knives.

Wanna see my Ann Templeton charts? She uses 16 pigments! I did those the week after Schmid' about obsessive compulsive!


Theresa Rankin said...

Hi Vicki,
Your blog is right on...Keep up the wonderful work..I guess with ipod out! Ipod in for painting. I read an interesting article once that playing the piano is a right and left brain activity..both sides working in concert at once. I was trained for many years as a classical pianist....but!!! that nasty left brain still gets in the way and tries very hard to negate my freedom when I paint! The Ipod sounds like the perfect addition to the forces I must employ to stay loose and fresh and not over correct!! Happy left and right!!

Theresa Rankin said...

Oh I almost forgot...your self portrait is stunning!!! Go get'em girl!!

Dianne Mize said...

This was one of the most delightful blog entries I've read in a long time. I love this left-brain/right-brain stuff. It's fun for me because of my "twisted" brain. Yep, dyslexia.

Early on, I had to learn to use my left brain to figure out how to make my right brain guide my hand to go where it is suppose to go in drawing; otherwise, it would head in the opposite direction. Spent a lifetime doing that and found the stuff I learned served me well when I was teaching drawing to new, frightened students.

Years later, Ms. Edwards' book came out. How blessed it is to have your own theory confirmed even if it evolved sideways!

vickiandrandyrossart said...

Diane, thanks for your compliments! I am loving this blogging, and meeting new artists like you!

Feel free to quote my blather anytime.

Havin' fun in the art world!


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