Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Left brain vs right

I have a confession to make ... well it's not so much of a confession, rather a very obvious statement - I've been pretty bad at getting around to blogging lately.  It's not that I haven't thought about it ... I have ... and of things I've wanted to say, but I forget how much full-time work can occupy in my life. It's not that I don't enjoy my work, I do and very much so at the moment.  However, it's a different side of me ... perhaps a different side of the brain?

I found a little test here re: left and right sides of the brain ... I don't know how accurate it is.
I tried for a little while to get to see the dancer going anti-clockwise, but to me she was always going clockwise ... which is apparently the right-side of the brain ...

Or there's the "Right Brain vs Left Brain Creativity Test" by The Art Institute of Vancouver

This blog, principally, is about forcing me to find the balance ... according the the above test I'm 40% left and 60% right .... I need to give my right side ... the creative side ... more time to actually create.  However, over the past few weeks I've spent more time getting my house into order, flitting around to pre-Christmas social dos, and trying to shop for presents.  I have manage to fit in around that some research on frames and framing.

And lots of thinking about photography .... Photography has been a passion of mine for a long time now ... not that I've always been a consistent photographer ... there's been lots of trail and error as well!  My Dad had dark room equipment when I was little and would black out the laundry for a darkroom.  I was also lucky enough to go to a primary school with a dark room ... we did really quite basic techniques like contact prints and pin-hole cameras.

I ended up repeating these exercises in art class at high school!  Not because I failed them the first time around!!  The whole class did them ... in fact I spent a lot of time in high school in the darkroom or behind a camera.  The passion continues today. I have a camera with me nearly all of the time, and in Japan I was told that I take more photos than the Japanese themselves ... which I do at times but I'm not always that bad!

I had other creative endeavours as a child ... in fact pottery was one of them.  I was particularly fascinated with pottery wheels ... but for some strange reason pronounced pottery as "pottestry" ... which my family found very amusing considering my enthusiasm for it.  However, unlike photography, pottery is something I haven't done in a very long time, and I have to admit I've being quite fussy in my prepping and glazing stage.  I've been sanding some pieces back and I must admit I may be being a bit of a perfectionist .... but then I have had other focuses of late as well ... like work ... and Christmas ... and an exhibition in March.

Yes, that's right, I'm in an exhibition ... with a ceramist and a chainsaw sculptor.  More details will be forthcoming ... when I know them!  All I can say that it's in a lovely part of Victoria ... on Phillip Island.

On the bridge to Phillip Island