Imagination and the Right Brain:
Imagination will result when successfully switching from left brain to right brain thinking. In the previous blog, ways of thinking and problem solving were discussed and divided between the two hemispheres of the brain: right and left. Each thinks differently and each specializes in its own way of problem solving. The right sees spatial relationships far better than the left. The left is better with verbal, mathematical and logical types of thinking.
In drawing any subject, spatial relationships are key to perceiving and drawing correctly. Making comparisons in size, distance, and angle are part of the spatial observations necessary for drawing accurately. The right brain does this best.
Switching from left to right brain thinking:
Relaxing music, absence of verbal distraction, a place of quiet and meditation are ways of setting the stage to switch from left brain to right brain thinking. What subjects interest you for drawing? Set up a still life and provide good lighting. Simple materials such as pencil or pen, brush and ink, and adequate time to “unwind” the mind. Settle one’s focus on the subject at hand. The switch will seem effortless. You will know when you have made the changeover as you will have no sense of time and are completely absorbed in the process. When the drawing or painting seems complete, you may be surprised at the amount of time that has passed.
From Accuracy to Inspiration:
With many drawings and/or paintings under your belt, you may feel comfortable varying the design elements. Relationships between sizes, color, shape, depth, composition, and angles can be changed. At this point, exaggerating or downplaying a feature, you begin to be imaginative. Remember, we are not out to produce a scientific representation of the subject. We allow ourselves to “play”. Can we give ourselves permission to do just that? Try it in the privacy of your creative space. See how freeing the result can be. No one needs to be looking over your shoulder. You need not show your work to anyone. Save the work you do, and after a period of time, judge for yourself. It may be helpful to store, date, and save as you move on to other elements that you may “play with”. Then go back and review what you have done. You will see something that needs change. Be inspired to try new avenues. Do not destroy your earlier efforts. The work in progress is a diary of your creative maturation. Imagination comes, therefore, when you have freed your mind of negative self-talk. Allow a sense of “joyfulness” and timelessness to take over.