Left Brain vs. Right Brain: Mental Shifts

I can look at my drawing and compare it to the original. I can judge how much it looks like what I copied. I can criticize myself, thinking I could have done a better job.

Or I can look at it and just see it for what it is. Enjoy the creation. Feel its energy.

From Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards I learned that to draw you must suspend your left brain. Even if it means turning the page upside down, you must focus on each line, each angle, not on what you think the object SHOULD look like.

I can stare at myself in the mirror and judge every freckle and fine line.

Or I can look at myself and see myself for who I am: a 35-year-old woman putting one foot in front of the other.

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