A Girl (part one)

A Girl (part one)

This is the first part of our demonstration. We had three sessions.

The topic under discussion is how to access the right side of the brain. The theory is that people are either left-brained or right-brained, meaning that one side of their brain is dominant. If you’re mostly analytical and methodical in your thinking, you’re said to be left-brained. If you tend to be more creative or artistic, you’re thought to be right-brained. But I am of the opinion that both sides exist in all of us and with a little bit of practice we can all access the right side in ourselves.

This tutorial demonstrates techniques to master when illustrating, in this case a charming photo taken by Marta Everest. Know that you can!

A Girl (part two)

A Girl (part two)

This is the second part of our tutorial on how to access and train the right side of your brain.

How was this classic dichotomy born and how much truth is there to it?

This concept of brain specialization was researched by a surgeon Joseph Bogen; Robert Ornstein, author of The Psychology of Consciousness; and Roger Sperry, the psychobiologist who conducted landmark “split brain” experiments, that earned him the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1981. These award-winning experiments demonstrated significant differences in the mental capabilities of the brain’s two hemispheres. The left hemisphere was shown to be logical, analytic, quantitative, rational and verbal, whereas the right hemisphere was revealed to be conceptual, holistic, intuitive, imaginative and non-verbal. I have had students over the years who were strong left-brained who learned how to activate their right sides. It is possible with a little bit of discipline, training and practice. Believe it, you can draw!

A Girl (part three)

A Girl (part three)

This is the third, and last part of our tutorial on how to access and train the right side of your brain.

Having personally witnessed my students over many years I have concluded that creativity resides in both sides of the brain.

The link to the right brain is obvious. It shows curiosity, synergy, experimentation, metaphoric thinking, playfulness, solution finding, artistry, flexibility, future oriented, welcoming of change. But, it requires different mental processes which are left sided to realise the vision such as rational processes of analysis and logic.

Let us now finish our project: an illustration based on a photo which we are creating upside down.

Rosehip

Rosehip

Sometimes we just feel like using more than the conventional! See how I created a background using spray paint!

You are welcome to use my illustration to start with.

Why Art?

Why Art?

“For the past 25 years, I endured living under solitary confinement with the mental and emotional stress of facing death.”

On May 5 1993, in Pine Bluff Arkansas, Reams and his friend, Alford Goodwin, robbed a drive-through ATM with a single .32 pistol. Alford, in a panic state, shot and killed a victim.

The culprits were offered the same agreement: plead guilty and get a sentence of life without parole. Goodwin took the plea and was sentenced to life. In December of 1993, Reams was sentenced to death by lethal injection.

“For many years my mind was locked in the cell along with my body. I didn’t know by then what the sense of peace felt like in life. Eventually, I learned how to unlock my mind and spirit … and now I am a true testament of the human will to fight.”

His physical contact with other humans has been completely cut off over the past 25 years. Despite this hardship, Kenneth Reams has managed to become an artist, a poet, a writer, and the founder of the nonprofit organization Who Decides, Inc.

Reams’ poetry has been published in several publications, he made the 2013 semi-final round of the National Amateur Poetry Competition and was second-place winner of the 2016 Lifeline Poetry Competition. He has spoken widely on the subject of solitary confinement and the death penalty at a number of universities and public forums. His artistic work has been exhibited in venues in London, California, Texas, Arkansas, Ohio, North Carolina, and New York. He has donated his art to support numerous organizations around the U.S such as Murder Victim’s Family for Reconciliation, the Heyman Center for The Humanities, and the National Association of Univer-sity Women — Queens Branch.

Sorrow of the Soul – 2018

Humming Bird – 2018

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