Sunday, October 24, 2010
Left Brain/Right Brain, Do We Have To Choose?
I'm living in two worlds these days. At home, the world is sticky with creative juice. Breathe deep, run your finger across a tabletop, taste it, inhale it, it's inescapable, a tune you can't get out of your head, a taste on the tip of your tongue, colors that are deeper, sunsets that catch fire into Peter Maxx/Maxfield Parrish impossibilities.
It's a world where every building should look like the Dali Museum.
At work, all colors fade to shades of gray and black, with frantic crosshatching of detail.
It's work that needs doing, detail that matters, yet somehow the amount of angst that goes into its production seems so out of scale, so truly ridiculous, that a part of me is always sitting back in wonderment, transfixed by the hyperventilating victims of high blood pressure all around me.
I'm torn between the two worlds. The childish, desperate- to -please -and- excel perfectionist wants to be the best damned hamster on the wheel.
The inner rebel wants her solitude and freedom to express herself in whatever way she chooses in her own little world - paint vines on the doors, write fairy tales, take pictures of the world's most minute details.
Circumstance requires income; I continually remind myself to be grateful that my black and white job pays the bills with dollars to spare.
But I so miss the color - and wish I had more energy to spare for those precious hours when that's my world.