Christmas is upon us again and I send my personal greetings and wish you all well for this Christmas and 2009!
I have before me the latest copy of Astronomy magazine and I quote “thick clouds of gas and dust weave the wispy tendrils of the Tarantula Nebula (NGC 2070) – a hotbed of star formation unrivalled in the known universe”. This text relates to a magnificent double page colour photo of a companion galaxy to the Milky Way – when I see photo’s like this my mind is overwhelmed by the limitless opportunities for new paintings. I could spend my lifetime just doing paintings of the universe------------Time for the human species on earth is just too short!
The evolution of the human brain is intriguing me. I suggest there have been little changes to the functional capacity of the brain in the past 10,000 years or even 100,000 years. This is of course an infinitesimal time period when compared to the 170,000 light years away of the Tarantula Nebula. Due to my concentration on painting, I am beginning to understand the enormous potential we all have for developing the “right hand” side of the brain. Unfortunately, I feel I am nowhere near being able to explain it in a communicable “language” using the “left hand” side of the brain.
The nearest I can get at the moment is that I think the two “sides” of the brain function in “opposite” ways. The “left hand” side works “up” from detail to whole – the “right hand” side works “down” from whole to detail. To ensure the survival of the human species, evolution ensured that the human brain “balanced” the functions of creative instinct (right) and practical necessity (left).
It is dangerous for the human race to ignore the brain functions of our evolutionary past.
I better get back to cave painting!
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all who have supported me in 2008!!