Monthly Archives: July 2013

SYNTHESIS OF CREATIVITY & ANALYSIS

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All of us have those areas of our potential that we have successfully developed, to whatever extent, and those that lie dormant, waiting to be awakened.  By developing those mental areas that are considered weak, a synergetic effect is produced, improving all areas of mental performance.

If you are a right-brain dominant Creative with logic and analysis lying dormant, working to develop that area will actually boost your creative side.  The same is true for the Intellects, by nurturing the right side; your creative mind will flourish as well as your analytical.

The two sides of the brain deal dominantly with different types of mental activity and are linked by a complex network of nerve fibers called the Corpus Callosum.  The left side deals with logic, words, reasoning, number, linearity and analysis or the academic activities.  While the left-brain is engaged in these activities, the right brain is in a more restful state.  The right side deals with rhythm, images, imagination, color, daydreaming, face recognition and patterns.

Many of the Great Minds were using both ranges of their brains.  Though Albert Einstein was considered left-brain dominant, he failed French, a left-brain activity and played violin, created art, sailed, and played imagination games, all right-brain activities.  The imagination games are what provided him with significant scientific insights.

One day while daydreaming on a hill, he imagined riding sunbeams across the far extremities of the Universe and returning to the sun.  At that point he realized that the Universe was curved.  Weaving numbers, words and equations around this daydreamed image; he formulated the Theory of Relativity, a synthesis of the left and right brain.

Leonardo da Vinci was one of the most accomplished humans to ever walk the planet.  Though known most as a great artist he was also accomplished in physiology, science, architecture, mechanics, anatomy, physics, invention, meteorology, geology, engineering, and aviation.  He also played, composed and sang improvised ballads using any stringed instrument given him.  He combined the different areas of his latent ability, creating 3-dimentional drawings to illustrate his scientific ideas as well as architectural plans for his great painting masterpieces with straight lines, angles, curves and numbers incorporating mathematical, logical and precise measurements.

Learning is imperative to evolution and enlightenment.  Seek knowledge and try all that interests you.  The more you experiment, the more you learn and the more expansive your mind becomes.  By integrating art into a left-brain dominant lifestyle, ones life becomes more colorful and interesting while adding a new language to a right-brain dominant lifestyle can enable an artist to think logically and analytically, thus giving them an edge in promoting their work.

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EXPAND YOUR MIND TO BE MORE CREATIVE AND ANALYTICAL

All of us have those areas of our potential that we have successfully developed, to whatever extent, and those that lie dormant, waiting to be awakened.  By developing those mental areas that are considered weak, a synergetic effect is produced, improving all areas of mental performance.

If you are a right-brain dominant Creative with logic and analysis lying dormant, working to develop that area will actually boost your creative side.  The same is true for the Intellects, by nurturing the right side; your creative mind will flourish as well as your analytical.   

The two sides of the brain deal dominantly with different types of mental activity and are linked by a complex network of nerve fibers called the Corpus Callosum.  The left side deals with logic, words, reasoning, number, linearity and analysis or the academic activities.  While the left-brain is engaged in these activities, the right brain is in a more restful state.  The right side deals with rhythm, images, imagination, color, daydreaming, face recognition and patterns.

Many of the Great Minds were using both ranges of their brains.  Though Albert Einstein was considered left-brain dominant, he failed French, a left-brain activity and played violin, created art, sailed, and played imagination games, all right-brain activities.  The imagination games are what provided him with significant scientific insights.

One day while daydreaming on a hill, he imagined riding sunbeams across the far extremities of the Universe and returning to the sun.  At that point he realized that the Universe was curved.  Weaving numbers, words and equations around this daydreamed image; he formulated the Theory of Relativity, a synthesis of the left and right brain.

Leonardo da Vinci was one of the most accomplished humans to ever walk the planet.  Though known most as a great artist he was also accomplished in physiology, science, architecture, mechanics, anatomy, physics, invention, meteorology, geology, engineering, and aviation.  He also played, composed and sang improvised ballads using any stringed instrument given him.  He combined the different areas of his latent ability, creating 3-dimentional drawings to illustrate his scientific ideas as well as architectural plans for his great painting masterpieces with straight lines, angles, curves and numbers incorporating mathematical, logical and precise measurements.

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Learning is imperative to evolution and enlightenment.  Seek knowledge and try all that interests you.  The more you experiment, the more you learn and the more expansive your mind becomes.  By integrating art into a left-brain dominant lifestyle, ones life becomes more colorful and interesting while adding a new language to a right-brain dominant lifestyle can enable an artist to think logically and analytically, thus giving them an edge in promoting their work.

Learning is imperative to evolution and enlightenment.  Seek knowledge and try all that interests you.  The more you experiment, the more you learn and the more expansive your mind becomes.  By integrating art into a left-brain dominant lifestyle, ones life becomes more colorful and interesting while adding a new language to a right-brain dominant lifestyle can enable an artist to think logically and analytically, thus giving them an edge in promoting their work.


THE ANCIENT GREEKS WERE RIGHT!

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Ancient Greeks believed inspiration came from the 4 muses.  In the Middle Ages, Philosophers believed creativity was unique to only certain people.  Creativity, however, is a crucial part of every job.  In art, it involves problem solving and developing a creative process.

We live in a society, however, that is left-brain dominant, one that discriminates against the right brain.  Limits are placed on human consciousness in our mundane day to day requirements.  Children start with a strong right brain but are conditioned out of it, conditioned to take orders.  The Arts have been pulled out of the curriculum, stunting the growth of the creative mind and hence endangering our existence as a creative species.

What has been overlooked is the importance of the creative mind not only in the Arts, but also in every aspect of life.  It enhances life’s quality.  The creative mind looks at one thing and sees another.  It sees things come alive.  Science is now pioneering on this subject of creativity in the brain and calling it Positive Neuroscience.

So how does creativity or inspiration work?  Well, Neuroscientists have discovered that the 4 muses indeed pay a visit … and usually when we’re in the shower!  Why the inconvenient timing?  Because that is when our left-brain is busy with a mundane task and the right brain has a chance to stand up and be heard!

It has been found that by doing a mundane task like taking a shower or a walk, we are in our most creative state.  It has also been found that while in that creative state, especially when creating inprovisationally, the entire frontal lobe becomes idle.  This is the area of the brain that is in charge of self-awareness, or our perception and concern of how others view us.

So how can we be more creative?  In two words … LET GO!  Get out of your own way and just do it!  There are absolutely no rules except one … DO IT!  Time spent being creative strengthens that ability.  Let yourself be free to express whatever comes … however it comes.  Express your Beliefs, Passions, Views, Loves, Hates … in whatever way they come whether it be writing, drawing, painting, music, cooking, gardening, speaking, dancing or WHATEVER moves you.  Those Philosophers were wrong!  Everyone with his or her entire brain in tact is capable of creating.  Make art a way of life.

It’s wonderfully amazing, creating madness to make sense of your world.  Celebrate life.  Believe in life’s possibilities.  Creativity is a means of self discovery with each work of art revealing an aspect of ones character.  Creativity is your personality revealed.  It’s your soul expressed.  No need to please or impress anyone.  Creating is for you!


What is the point of Art?

What is the purpose of art?  For me, as an artist of many forms, art is a release … a means of expression … the extension of myself.  Art is passion and grief … a stirring of   emotions.  It’s also a safe place to shout at the top of my lungs all that I feel and all that I am! 

When we create, we are free.  We have no one to answer to.  We expose to all our naked truth … reveal ourselves, completely vulnerable, yet protected by perception.  Others perceive what we create in their own way.  If they are moved in some way by our expression, they will attach their own conditioning and judgment to it and it will become part of them.

Now … what is the point of art to the viewer?  It’s not about replicating reality.  Art is about evoking certain emotions and sentiments in the brain.  The goal of art is to transcend realism and very often, images are distorted as a way to evoke emotions, both pleasant and unpleasant.  When liberated from the tyranny of realism, visual artists deliberately alter images to create reactions.

Vision is extraordinarily complex with different aspects represented in 30 different areas of the brain and different areas of the brain handle all these aspects such as color, form, movement and depth!  This means an artist can more optimally arouse all these 30 areas by moving away from reality than by replicating it, thus creating different perspectives.  And note, an image can be constant but ones perception can change. 

Some of the common unifying principles of art or the aesthetic response are: accentuating elements, extracting what is critical and presenting it in isolation, and, of course, the Metaphor. 

Art, in whatever form, creates an aesthetic response in the brain and the centers of the specific senses connect to the brain’s emotional centers.

One of my heroes, Dr. V. S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition and Distinguished Professor with the Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program at the University of California, San Diego speaks of a phenomenon called Synesthesia, a blending of the senses.  This genetic oddity was first documented by Francis Galton and is 8 times more common in artists, poets and novelists. Dr. Ramachandran believes that these Creatives are all so good at metaphor because of their ability to link seemingly unrelated ideas, concepts and thoughts, the basis of creativity.

The relevance of Synesthesia to art is that this excessive cross wiring across the brain creates ripples of activation that enables Metaphorical thinking.  It actually accentuates ones ability to be creative and think Metaphorically.  One in fifty people are Synesthetic.  That’s a lot of Creatives!

 


BE CREATIVE!

“Think of a world where the Creatives are at the top of the pyramid and the Logicals are the support system at the base.  Cream does rise to the top and is the crowning treasure of the milk.  The milk holds and supports the cream, perhaps sensing how precious it is.”

We are currently in a period of flux.  The world has been run systematically by the Logicals who are now scratching their heads trying to figure out why the template isn’t relevant anymore.  It’s the same formula.  They have dictated all of society through educational requirements and laws to conform to the template.  The government has taught society how to be logical and how to take orders.   

The Creatives have been pushed to the bottom of the food chain while greed and power has dominated our culture.  Large corporations, motivated by money, have set the rules in their favor with no thought of the ramifications.  The opposite of Creation is Destruction and that is where we are now.

We have been trained to do certain things in a certain way starting from grade school; however, the principles of being logical that once sustained us are no longer relevant.  Government and economics are now changing and society is breaking down.  Because of these global changes, we cannot continue to use the same tools and expect the same results just as we cannot use the same tools and expect different results.  It’s time for a complete “start over!”

Our training to live in a logical world has caused society to conform and follow.  We are the Sheeple and those who do not follow the set parameters are said to be criminals; but note, staying in this Sheeple-mode is now self-destructive.  The Sheeple will go down with the ship!   The Cream will rise to the top!

Remember, the greatest minds that rose to power, did so because of their creativity, because of their “outside thinking.”  Be inspired by them!  In this time of change, adaptation is necessary.  Erase the chalkboard.  Contemplate new things.  Tap into your imagination.  Focus on nurturing your Creative Side.  BE CREATIVE!