Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Left Foot Left Foot

Years ago at Takodah one of the guys working during family camp used to do a great vocal routine with a few other staff members called Left Foot Left Foot.

Person one chanted:

Left foot, left foot 
Left foot, left foot 
Left foot, left foot 
(long pause) 
Left foot, left foot 
Left foot, left foot 
Left foot, left foot

and then person two punctuated that sequence by adding

Right right foot.

The routine went on from there, with entertaining repetitions and additions as well as a terrific, catchy beat.

That's the background ditty playing through my mind as I work on this painting, except the words transpose to

Left brain, left brain
Left brain, left brain 
Left brain, left brain 
(long pause) 
Left brain, left brain 
Left brain, left brain 
Left brain, left brain

Right right brain!

I've given my more logical, analytical, and objective left brain instructions to hang out other than in my studio, and I'm encouraging my more intuitive, thoughtful, and subjective right brain to play to her heart's content without supervision.

Left brain forgets periodically, showing up and interrupting, but I send her off again.

free canvas #1
16x20"
work in progress
detail
detail
detail

 

10 comments:

  1. Love those scribbles!!! But who let that glob of black get in? Dotty to the rescue, or not, who knows?

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    1. No one knows, and isn't that such fun? A cliff hanger!

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  2. The line work! The black blob! Busting out of that analytical mode is the best thing ever. So happy you are working big. This is your year...can you feel it?

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    1. Busting out of that analytical mode is terrific! I learn so much there … that I can then bring to my analytical mind when needed. Win, win. For instance, that black blob? Didn't do what I wanted, but I loved learning that by doing. I do feel a shift this year—can't name it or put it to words, but that in itself is a gift for a gal whose primary medium until three years ago was words. Thanks for your ongoing invaluable observations and affirmation.

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  3. Love your tune! Love your painting! Love the wiry scribbles. ( had to check the spelling, why does that not look right to me?? LOL)
    You are the master of scribbles. And I mean that with the highest admiration :)
    Each of your details is a masterpiece Dotty. You could make a great series of prints from each of them!

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    1. I LOVE scribbles—thanks for honoring me with a master designation!

      Fun to think about a series of prints from detail photos—you've got me thinking about a set of notecards with detail prints that include layers that are no longer visible in the completed painting (should it ever reach completion!).

      Thank you!

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  4. Woooow! Look the gorgeous black shapes and the black scribbles. I LOVE them!

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    1. Simone, thanks for the shout out for the black shapes and scribbles—used latex house paint and had fun!

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  5. Don't know how I missed this post?!? Love that black shape - now it looks to me like you have light- medium-dark values, how great is that. That black is such a great shape - different from the other shapes - that will be great to paint 'on' And love those black scribbles!

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    1. Janet, so grateful for your feedback, and glad you circled back to this post. Your pointing out the light-medium-dark values, and your pointing out that the black shape is different from the others, and your pointing out that the black shape will be great to paint 'on'—so helpful! Especially the idea of that black shape's being something to paint 'on'—hadn't thought of it in that way. Thank you!

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