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Art Every Day Month Day 11 - Right is Right

I have been pretty clogged up with a bad cold for the past week so I have been chilling at home trying to get better, and finally I felt like adventuring out. Mum rung and invited us to go visit the UCOL art students 'A Bourgeois Spectacle' exhibition, and for lunch. So Maddy and I got to get out of the house and have fun after the numerous morning distractions.

The exhibition was awesome, Tom Cruz, Aaron Nash and Elya Stanbrook stood out for me. There was art everywhere, bit of a bummer that the design students were still putting up their exhibitions but it was nice to see the building full of action. I got a suprise as I walked into the video room to see my mate Stefano on the big screen, NICE!!! If you live in Wanganui make sure you get down there and check it out.

The students are so lucky to have such an amazing place to study in - every time I go to there I start thinking that I want to study (maybe when Maddy is older?). I was lucky to have been chosen for a 6 week challenge in 2007 - it was fun playing with all the different mediums, soak up all the knowledge from the great tutors and meet wonderful people.

Lunch at Mum's was delicious, she had made homemade pasta which I had never had before, and Pavlova with fresh strawberries from her garden, yummy!!! Booked a couple of nights get away at the beach, I'm so excited about being a beach bum for a couple of days, long walks along the beach and no internet. The end of the day - our lounge was full of men playing poker and I had a bloody good nights sleep.

I wanted to write about colour today, but after going through my journals trying to find all the stuff on colour I read my writings about a book called 'The Power of the Other Hand' by Lucia Capacchione, which is a bit of a coincidence for my day so today is about the left and the right hand, colour can wait.

One of my friends took me into the UCOL library in April 2008 and as I was sitting there photocopying my catalogue for the open studios event, when this book jumped out at me and said "You have to take me home and read me", as if I didn't have enough going on already. I took it home and had a few weeks before it was due back. I sat down to have a wee flick through and I ended up with my nose stuck in the book with my pen in my hand for the next couple of days.

It talks about how society conditioning is that 'right is right' and many people are forced to use their right hand so many of us don't realise that we were born left handed. In folklore, witches were said to be left handed. Ponder the word RIGHTEOUSNESS. My aunt told me a few years ago that I was born left handed but I have no recollection of it, but I always felt a bit envious of friends that were left handed.

The exercises start off with you writing your name in the less dominate hand and hen asks you lots of questions like how does it feel to be writing in this hand? She makes you swap hands and answer the same questions, it is amazing how writing in the less dominate hand is very cool!

I was interested to read that when you use your less dominate hand it often expresses the disowned and oppressed parts of the self with profound simplicity which have been stored away in the subconscious. There are loads of exercises that I found really interesting.

I noticed while I was reading this book...
and guess what she called her? LUCIA!!

Here are some of my results to Lucia's exercises...

Left hand drawing
Right hand drawing
My brain colours
Using both hands at once
Drawing a symmetrical design
Doodling with both hands.

Lucia recommend that you try brushing your teeth, your hair, opening doors, getting dressed, eating, drinking and picking up objects in your other hand.
Another fantastic book to read is The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. I could be here all day if I get started. Tomorrow I'm going to talk about another book that Betty wrote about colour.

It's funny how when you start reading a book that you love, you normally love all the books that author has written. I was reading 'The Meaning and Magic of Art' by Fred Gettings then checking him out on the internet and I noticed that I had his book 'The book of the Zodiac, already in my bookshelf, a few weeks later I was looking for a book and no shit I found another one of his books 'You are an artist'. I couldn't believe I had purchased 3 of his books without knowing.

My card for the day was BODY CARE

It have been alerted to take extra care with your physical body. Eat healthy, exercise and avoid toxins. The body is an instrument when well tuned, emanates greater harmony. SO TRUE!

And the Youtube clip for the day is me playing around with windows movie maker


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