Upside-down Drawing and Right Brain Activity to Enhance CRV
It’s natural for our left brain to be so in charge that you often can’t regulate it. The following exercise will give your creative, intuitive right brain a chance to take over for a while. When you look at a photo right side up, you give it dimension and order. You see the top, bottom, sides, etc. It makes sense to your left brain. But if you look at that same picture upside down, suddenly it’s chaos. Your brain can’t take clear sense of it. This is even more pronounced when you try to draw it upside down. Herein lay the doorway to opening your right brain. Follow these few steps, and you’ll begin to nourish this remarkable, largely untouched side of who you are.
For a more in-depth discussion on the intricacies of the right and left brain as they relate to drawing, consult Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards.
Here are the steps to follow:
- 1Find a picture of a person you want to draw.
- 2 Get to a quiet place, and have at least thirty minutes of uninterrupted time. Choose a time and place where you can draw comfortably.
- 3 Turn the picture upside down, and begin drawing it on a clean sheet of paper.
Start exactly where you feel you are led to start. There is no right or wrong place to begin. Don’t try to figure out what you are drawing. Just draw what is before you. It’s imperative that you don’t turn the picture right side up, or you will shift back and awaken your left brain. You may want to cover what you are drawing with another piece of paper, and then gradually reveal sections of it as you draw, piece by piece. This way, the picture and your progress will not seem overwhelming.