Monday, March 31, 2014

Left Brain Right Brain Insane

I wish for a life where I can write and/or paint all day. This tree was a housewarming gift for a friend. It took me four hours and I'm pretty okay with how it turned out. 

I think all writers are artists and all artists are writers. Even if they don't know it, I believe it comes from the same side of the brain. The theory goes; left-brain people are more organized and systematic. Right-brain people are more creative and intuitive. I think art takes organization and is systematic so I don't understand this theory. To make a tree I have to stare at trees, absorb tree structure...then sketch it and outline it and on and on...

Writing is the same. Even if we start with random writing and just pushing forward without knowing where we're going to end up, writing -   good writing- has structure. It takes the systematic placement of elements in a story to create direction and plot for the story. Then we throw in all that creativity and we've got one best selling novel. (at least that's what I've heard. . . I haven't hit best seller yet.) 

So right brain, left brain doesn't make sense. I'm thinking those who invested the research into this theory might have missed something. But just to be sure...I'm going to go take the test

Below is the tree I painted Sunday for a friend. The right brain sketched it out, the left brain filled it in...wait, maybe that was left to sketch and right to fill...or ....

2 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

As someone who teaches brain stuff, it's pretty well known that the left brain right brain dichotomies described in popular knowledge are largely a myth. Left and right brain structures do specialize but humans are integrated in general and there appears to be no truth in those personality quizzes that help you decide if you are one or the other. You're both.

Aimless Writer said...

Charles!
I never understood how it could be all or nothing. I got a 68 to the right on that test...whatever that means. Like da Vinci who was a genius on both sides. Glad to hear we can be both. I hate pigeon holes.