Tuesday, March 25, 2008

"From Out in LEFT Field..."

Today's post was inspired by Mark of "Mark Just Because" blogspot. I was excited to respond creatively to his "non-dominant hand" post, which initiated a lot of positive creative "buzz" on the EDM blog site, and I thought that his would be a fun way to do that!

To begin with, my art piece was drawn, with my left hand, as a late night creative effort this past January (2008). The idea to draw this way came to me right "out of the blue"...or "LEFT field", if you will! :) Like Mark, I was using my non-dominant hand to complete all the work shown. Interestingly, I found that when I made the original pen drawing I got a bit "woozy" and "dizzy" afterwards...maybe because I had on my old glasses...or...maybe because I was just thinking too hard, too late at night!?? Hmmmmmm... :)

Color was added for extra "oomph" just today. And, to my surprise, I found that adding the color with my left hand was actually more difficult than the initial drawing part. I continually was forced to turn my sketchbook upsidedown and "topsy turvey" to adjust to the angle of the shape I wanted to color in. It was difficult to control my strokes and keep them even and, as a result, I found that my right hand started to move in sketching/shading motions while I was trying to color with my left! Hmmmm...wonder what THAT means...YIKES!

Truly, my whole non-dominant hand endeavor was a fun experience...and, truly, it was also an experience "from out in LEFT field". ;)

8 comments:

PamYla said...

These are very nice! You are right the color brings them to life. Great idea, I was playing with my leftie last week..but I won't show it lol

Jennifer Lawson said...

Very cool drawing, Margaret. I have wanted to try this since I saw Mark's drawing last week. Maybe today...

Teri C said...

Wow, for a non-dominant hand, it is just great!! I have also tried this but on a much smaller scale-it was just a good feeling to know I could do it.

Forever Young said...

i agree with teri, this is exceedingly good, mine would just be scribbles.

Ann said...

Yes, this is outstanding, especially since done with your non-dominant hand. now if I could just get my handwriting to look that good with my dominant hand maybe my hubby would stop complaining that he can't read my writing :0

Amy said...

I can't believe this is with your non-dominant hand! Super! I just love your style.

Anetka said...

beautiful:)
I really like your sketches and "this note to yourself"!!! I will start using it as well:)))
great job:)

Margaret Ann said...

Thanks everyone, I'm glad you enjoyed my out of the box attempts! :)