Thursday, July 29, 2010

Becoming a Whole Brain Artist

You are all familiar with the functions of the right side and the left side of the brain. If not, I will tell you. It is said that the right side of the brain controls your creativity, intuitiveness, and visual patterns; while the left side of the brain is logical, analytical, and sequential.

Most of us that create realize that our right side of the brain is dominant in our lives and helps us achieve the creation of our pieces. As a successful business person for over 30 years, I must have allowed the left side of my brain to be dominant. During that time, I worked with numbers, analyzed and solved problems, and working in a sequential manner.

Retirement from that environment has allowed my right side of the brain to take over. My days are spent as a guide at the museum, painting, taking art classes and doing a lot of photography in preparation for my art. However, how can an artist be successful, especially in this day and age, without the left side of the brain? This new age has forced artists to become very familiar with ways to promote themselves on line with social media networks, such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Going beyond that, we must sell on line which involves learning how to create our pages, upload photos and all the technical aspects that goes along with that process. I now have this blog, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a web page and most recently a RedBubble account. The painting above is currently being featured in the "Going Coastal" group on RedBubble.

A "whole brain" artist is the way to be.


  1. Redbubble page and galleries look fantastic! You have most definitely optimized both sides of your brain ;-) Will be in touch soon on our blog project!

  2. I totally agree about being both left and right brained. LOL Since leaving the mathematical world, my creativity has grown!

    Why did you choose RedBubble? Can you tell us more about that, please?