Another interesting conversation today, this one much more productive than the last. This one centered around the book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”:
I have never been much of a graphic artist, or any form of visual artist – my tendency leaning more toward the performing arts. So naturally, I have always wanted to be able draw but never had the patience to sit down and practice.
Anyhoo… that is not what I wanted to talk about today… the lesson I learned from the conversation was that of Negative Space. The handy-dandy did not go beyond ‘negative’ … alas dictionaries are limited in conceptual matters…. sigh. So, I turned to Wikipedia, which – despite nay-saying academic disdain – I find to be a rather wonderful tool for basic information.
On this subject, the definition is quite straight forward – negative space is “the space around and between the subject(s) of an image” (for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negative_space) but what I really gained was a concept of looking beyond rationality.
I posted a quote in a reply to a comment that I want to now put on the front page.
“The greatest strides in scientific knowledge occur not through an additive process, but through fundamental changes in basic assumption.”
— Rudolf Dreikurs
Are Psychological Schools of
Thought Outdated? (1987)
What I would like to do with my thoughts on Self-Concept is challenge some basic assumptions – not out of rebellion or disagreement – but as a way to understand from the ground up. I would like to use the concept of negative space to do this. I have challenged myself to find the negative space of my own Self-Concept – I am not really sure how I am going to do this, but somewhere in brain this makes sense… it is almost clear – and I didn’t want to postpone posting this thought until it became clear (see Lost in my Mind) so… apologies for the half-formed idea, but I will stay on this train until it reaches its final destination….
(I was on the train of thought… it was moving… I got a phone call…I missed the station and it was gone… BUT… I am back on the train and looking at the map)
It is now 1:36 am and I am once again sitting outside of a closed coffee shop, so I am going home to bed.
I found these two websites that I want to better explore before commenting, but I wanted to share them, both are very interesting.
Hope all is well,