The study reveals amazing facts about the artistic brain
The artistic brain was subjected to yet another study in 2014. Researchers found that people who demonstrated superior artistic skills were able to better interpret visual imagery. This same group often showed evidence of an increased gray matter in the Precuneus, an area in the parietal lobe often associated with a variety of complex functions, including creative thinking, fine motor control, and visual imagery.
The correlation between the Precuneus and highly creative people has been well documented, and some studies reveal a substantial overlap in the use of visualisation and mental imagery during scientific and artistic thinking.
Despite this relationship, the study didn’t distinguish what aspect of artistic talent was innate or learned, and no studies have assessed the structural differences associated with representational skills in visual arts.
With this premise, it is safe to say that artistic ability can be a combination of both innate talent and intense practice.
Still, you can’t just rely on talent alone, and a lot of talented people say that talent is never enough.
Clues that reveal if you have an artistic brain?
YOUR MIND HAS AN ASSOCIATIVE ORIENTATION. This means that you have an active imagination. You are playful and love to experiment, however you can often be so absorbed in your work that you forget to take breaks.
AN ORIGINAL THINKER. You break the rules. You do not allow the constraints of traditional thinking to shape your views on life.
EXTREMELY MOTIVATED. Artists and advertising professionals are usually more motivated to succeed than other groups.
AMBITIOUS INDIVIDUAL. Artists are often perceived as introverts. Despite this perception, studies reveal a high level of ambition among creative people.
YOU ARE ADAPTABLE. Artists can take a bad scenario, re-imagine it, turn it on its head and use what many of us may view as a hopeless situation to their advantage.
NEUROTIC TENDENCIES. You exhibit volatile emotions and you tend to be more anxious than most other groups.
How you can unlock the true potential of your artistic brain
If you’re not showing signs of an artistic brain by 25 to 30 years of age you can still activate it by teaching yourself to be more creative. The following points can help you develop your creative side.
- PRACTICE. Practice improves muscle memory. With practice, you can encourage your artistic brain to go beyond what you are capable of today. You will start playing with new ideas. In fact, one of the greatest artists, Vincent Van Gogh, said: “As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.”.
- GET INTO A CLASS. Aside from practising, enrolling yourself in an art class is a great idea in honing your artistic brain. It’s awesome to be taught by real industry professionals especially if you are just starting your artistic journey. You gain new insights from people who have years of experience behind them. There are art colleges that teach the business side of arts. You will need these skills to start earning from your artworks and avoid being a starving artist. [For an in-depth discussion on how to earn a living as an artist, go here.]
- TRY OUT NEW THINGS. Art has many avenues like textile and surface design. You might like to register your interest for the Diploma of Visual Arts (Textile, Print and Surface Design), offered by the Australian Institute of Creative Design (AICD). Through learning digital manipulation of your hand created artworks, you can make your art suitable for digital printing on a range of products from homewares, fashion products, gift items and more.
As a piece of advice, don’t just limit yourself as an artist. Explore the boundless potentials of your artistic brain.