"LEFT BRAIN RIGHT BRAIN" .. a 10 min short by Mark Degen · 11 days ago

— Carol Currie

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FIRST PASSING OF BRUSH · 11 days ago

Through the Spring of 2016, my tremor was getting so severe, that i was having a very hard time painting. I had to hold my wrist down tightly to make it work, so my neurologist offered a drug (propanolol) to settle the tremor. She told me it can help with 60-70% of patients and even if it does, it could be short lived. And it worked !!! But knowing the drug may stop working, i started practicing writing with my left hand, drawing circles, straight lines, and following lines of the letters in the grade one children books. Once i mastered writing, i woudl go onto the painting with left hand.
But before i could finish that process, within two months, my tremor got worse .
And my writing was still very bad and slow.
So i thought my career was over!
I pushed through the large 30 × 60 commission i was working on with the right hand…by holding my wrist down…which caused pain in my shoulders…and i thought i cant finish it like this in this much pain. I had only just begun!
every time i went to paint, i had an internal dialogue .. my right brain kept saying “give me the brush” .. the my left brain would say “NO YOU CAN’T EVEN WRITE!”… and this happened for months while i struggled to paint right hand..very frustrating! And very frustrating with the internal dialogue .. it was like a child saying , mom give me the brush! (SIDEBAR … i have never known this internal dialogue before .. but my research neurologist said he has heard of this before if a person loses ability to use a limb … they struggle between brains … he called the left hemisphere a bully, while the right hemisphere is more creative and brave to try.)
Looking forward to posting a link to the neurologists research paper. Coming out in 2019.

SO AFTER A MONTH OR TWO OF THIS internal BATTLE, increasing in urgency, my RIGHT HAND begrudgingly gave my brush to my LEFT HAND
………………………..AND………………………………
well it was CHILLING!!!!!!! It felt so smooth .. so real .. it gave me the chills (Still does, evey time i think of that moment.) Life changing!
In that moment i knew i would be a left hand painter.

So now … okay .. how do we do this?
(Apparently my neurologist says, they are finding once your left brain surrender the power to allow the right brain to try, they start to work together).
That’s the simple answer …

Below is a closeup of the painting with right hand and left hand.
I slowed up painting for those months of BATTLE between THE BRAINS.
But I started blocking it in seriously in September and finished the entire painting late OCT.
A very special piece!


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  • RIGHT HAND BLOCK IN early Sept 2016
  • RIGHT HAND
    Mid Sept 2016
  • LEFT HAND
    Bark, leaves, small branches
    Late Oct 2016
  • 30 x 60 Completed
  • Celebration INSTALLED October 2016



— Carol Currie

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CELEBRATION TIME with the LEFT HAND · 23 days ago

After dealing with the possibilty of a brain tumor in 2013, a severe tremor developed in my right hand. I thought my career was over. In 2016, once I made the decision to overcome this huge obstacle, I started practicing with my Left Hand. And it is now time to celebrate my NEW NORMAL and allow myself to think of the FUTURE … which to me, is a priviledge.

No one knows what this brain lesion will do, but the future is now, and i am ready to finally create a body of work (with a left perspective). After so many of these images were thrown to the floor in frustration, anger and sadness, thinking i would never paint again, it is now my opportunity to represent their beauty, and my left hand is up to the task.

The paintings are all dedicated to Stu … who encouraged me to open up THE file.

And finally after 2 1/2 years of practice, I finally started larger format works starting in April 2019.

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  • Peak 1 Acrylics on Panel 30 x 40 $3850
  • Peak 2 Acrylics on Panel 30 x 40 $3850
  • Awenda 1 Acrylics on Panel 40 x 60 $6200

— Carol Currie

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CHAPTER ONE - HOW IT ALL STARTED - 'THE' HEADACHE · 54 days ago

In 2012, we were running shows every weekend with art, music and demonstration from different artists and musicians booked until late July. We were a going concern in the arts community of midland all the while working on our own full time artist careers of commissioned sculpted paintings and flat panelled paintings…creating approximately 2 very large painted bas relief sculptures, and 15 large format flat solo works. Our careers were just starting to take off, and we just mastered how to create smaller moulds of our bas relief sculptures, which would present a product that would be a smaller more affordable hand painted 3-D replica version of the large sculpture.
UNTIL ……….

Mid May 2012, I had a severe headache…debilitating…on a scale of 1-10, it was a 10 … preventing me from attending the events in may, while I lay in bed. Since we were living above the gallery in a non-sound proof century home, we were forced to cancel future shows to address the headache, which immediately progressed to numbness and tingling in the lower right leg. Within 7 days, we went to our GP and our doctor ordered a cat scan which showed a cyst type lesion, so they ordered an MRI … and that began the process of numerous doctor appointments.
By early july the headache was numbed by a variety of medications, so I felt strong enough to do exhibit my solo work at the Toronto outdoor show. The MRI was scheduled later in july and we were waiting for an appointment with a North York neurologist. So we waited. And life carried on as usual.

— Carol Currie

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FUTURE PAINTINGS 2019-2020 · 83 days ago

After dealing with the possibilty of a brain tumor in 2013, a severe tremor developed in my right hand. I thought my career was over. In 2016, once I made the decision to overcome this huge obstacle, I started practicing with my Left Hand. And it is now time to celebrate my NEW NORMAL and allow myself to think of the FUTURE … which to me, is a priviledge.

No one knows what this brain lesion will do, but the future is now, and i am ready to finally create a body of work (with a left perspective). After so many of these images were thrown to the floor in frustration, anger and sadness, thinking i would never paint again, it is now my opportunity to represent their beauty, and my left hand is up to the task.

The paintings are all dedicated to Stu … who encouraged me to open up THE file.

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  • 30 x 40
  • 30 x 40
  • 30 x 40
  • 24 x 48
  • 24 x 36
  • 24 x 36 diptych
  • 40 x 60
  • 24 x 48
  • 30 x 40
  • 30 x 40
  • 24 x 30
  • 30 x 40
  • 24x 36
  • 30 x 60
  • 36 x 36
  • 16 x 16
  • 16 x 16
  • 12 x 16
  • 12 x 16
  • 12x 24
  • 12 x 12
  • 8 x 12
  • 6 x 6
  • 6 x 6
  • 12 x 16

— Carol Currie