Sandy: In a conversation with my friend LisaD, she reminded me that drawing upside down challenges one’s brain to think differently and forces one to use the right side. The left side can’t make sense of what it’s seeing and shuts down. It’s actually similar to using my left hand in that I’m drawing what I see instead of what I think I see, or at least I did this in the beginning of the year. Today I did the exercise of drawing the Portrait of Igor Stravinsky who Pablo Picasso drew upside down in 1920. I started in the top right and worked my way to the left then drew a little below where I started on the right, alternating as the image developed in hopes I could maintain the proportions. Some of the time I would just draw a line in relationship to the negative space and lines around it but other times I would try to identify what I was drawing and that was when I erased a line or wanted to erase. (I refrained and only erased three times.)
Picasso’s drawing is on the right.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.