Emotional Vision

Recapping from the past couple of days, for those of you who are just starting to read my blog: My wife and I suddenly had to move out of our shared home of 6 years; we are living with other family about a 10 minute drive from where we used to live.  Although we are welcome to stay as long as we want, we want to find our own place.

Things are VERY stressful.

The idea for yesterday’s watercolor sketch came to me as I was lying in bed looking out the window.  Normally, the oblique angle of the window, framed by the curtains or the myriad of wires emanating from the telephone pole in the back yard would not have held significance. But in my current frame of mind, the off-centeredness of the scene struck a chord.

Today’s experiment:

I only had time for a preliminary sketch today, but the photo I selected is congruent with my sense of being off balance.  I took the photograph below during a trip to England. I don’t remember where I was, but the building on the left attracted my attention because it was leaning quite a bit. I remember thinking, “Wow, buildings are a lot older in London than in the US, it’s no wonder they lean.” (I don’t think this is a famous landmark, but if anyone recognizes it, I’d appreciate knowing where it is.)

Photograph - Tilted House in London

Tilted House Somewhere in London
10″x8″ Photograph Silver Print, Fiber Paper

Here is my sketch:

Tilted House in London - Sketch

Tilted House in London – Sketch

I will try completing it tomorrow (without painting each brick, as I did once before).

Emotional vision – my point

“To the man with a hammer, the whole world looks like a nail.” In other words, a person uses the tools at his disposal to solve whatever problem comes his or her way, even if it is the wrong tool. Conversely, to the person who is discombobulated, disoriented, off-kilter, or off-balance, the whole world appears that way. In my case, everything appears to be tilted. (I took the above photo years ago, which might indicate an odd predilection for slanty things… but I did gravitate toward that old photo during this distressing time.)

An interesting thought concerning the brain just occurred to me: The man with the hammer sees a problem clearly and uses the motor cortex of the brain to fix it with his hammer; The man with an emotional problem views the world with his sensory cortex that is influenced by his emotional state, which thereby affects his perceptions.

Everyone says that emotional issues (based on acute events) resolve with time.  I hope things straighten up soon.

2 thoughts on “Emotional Vision

  1. Might it be the Embankment Jack? Were you near the river at the time? The tunnel (with lamp over) looks to me like part of the system on the right bank of the Thames where Hungerford bridge crosses and feeds into the underground and overground lines converging on Charing Cross station. Those two people look as if they might be heading for the tube – dressed like city workers, walking purposefully, the man with a case. Or maybe even Waterloo arches at the other side of Hungerford. Those boxes of rubbish look like commercial rather than domestic refuse. Then again, perhaps not – a little bit too shabby. Though that may just be period detail 😉 I love that aphorism about the man with the hammer. I’ve tried to turn it another way: ‘to the woman at the cooker the whole world feels hungry’ 🙂 I hope things straighten for you Jack. BTW whenever I get my hammer out I seem to hit brick work and the nail bends – so a hammer doesn’t always help. You’ve got to know something about the wall…

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    • Thanks Liz. If I ever see my notes about my trip again, I might be able to establish its location in London. I started to look for the place you mentioned on the apple map application, but couldn’t find it. It is possible that it got so tilted that it fell down. Or maybe it was torn down in the 25+ years since I took the picture.
      best,
      Jack

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