Left Brain vs. Right Brain

As an artist I've learned that the left side of the brain controls the right side of your body but it also performs tasks that have to do with logic, math, and science. The right side of the brain controls the left side of your body and performs tasks that have to do with creativity and the arts. I'm very "right-brained" but also very right-handed; my left hand just goes along for the ride. After surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff on my right shoulder, I find myself having to learn to do many daily tasks left handed--dress, wash, and feed myself. I am not able to get back into my studio just yet to paint which is extremely frustrating for me.


Before the surgery in anticipation that I would not be able to paint, I created a "happy" painting so that it would bring a smile to my face and inspire me to look forward to the day I could once again be free to mix paint and use a brush. Eye Candy, (shown below) is a 48"x60" mixed-media painting on canvas unlike anything I've ever done. Most of my abstract paintings are more serious and thought provoking. This one is lighter, more spontaneous, and just plain fun to look at!

It's now been 10 days after the surgery with 3 visits to the physical therapist under my belt. I'm told that I will be in this immobilizer brace for another 5 weeks. Tough to swallow but I have to take it a day at a time, stay positive, and keep busy in other ways such as reading, learning to use social media apps, updating my website, and using my camera on my phone. I've decided I can be creative with my camera and use it to create some "inspirational" still life photos. Like they say, where there's a will there's a way!

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Rene Griffith
Indialantic, FL
[321] 676.1956

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