Tonight Steven and I watched a wonderful special,
The Musical Brain that revealed how the brain uses and
processes music. Research scientists studied the brain
of musicians, babies, and people listening to music to
draw exciting conclusions about how music influences all of us.
Neurologists did an MRI scan of Sting's brain, and discovered that
he moves easily between his left and right hemispheres,
a sign that he's a gifted musician. I have always been
crazy about Sting's music, and I really like him -- so I
enjoyed watching how willing he was to work with the
Montreal researchers. He was somewhat unnerved at
seeing the scans of his brain. He just wants to play his music,
but at the end of the show he and the neurologist jammed together.
and I came home to draw this picture of Flora's face
based on last night's Skype picture. I may have gone
too far because I was listening to Martin Scorsese's
movie Shine a Light on Mick Jagger and the Stones while I drew it.
I always tell my friends that I give out the energy
of Jagger in one of his concerts when I'm teaching,
which is why I'm tired afterwards. Then I add that
I even look like him. But after seeing bits of his
performance while I drew, I realized that I have a
way to go to command that kind of energy.
Flora has a perfect face, just lovely features, and
there's a sweetness about her that's indefinable --
a wonderful laugh, and fierce compassion for
others. She's a delight to draw.
Have a toe tapping, foot snapping, knee slapping day.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
- Barbara Muir
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!