|Credit: Alex Zonis (Pencil Scribbles)|
Driving home the other evening, I was listening to BBC Radio 2 (I've resigned myself to the fact that I'm officially too old to listen to Radio 1 any longer - it's just all noise!). Anyway, Chris McManus, a psychologist who has written a book called Left Hand Right Hand was on talking about about whether genetics determine if you will be left or right handed and the fact that although in the minority, there are enough left handed people (of which I am one) around to indicate that it is something more than just random (as otherwise we should all have died out along the way from natural selection as opposed to being accused of witchcraft!)
Anyway, he went on to say that studies showed that left handed people appear to have an affinity for mathematics. Well, I had to resit my maths O'level so either I'm the exception to the rule or it really is just a matter of chance and nothing to do with what hand we write with. He also said that the notion that left handed people had a greater propensity for genius was something put about by left handers and not actually based in reality!
However an American scientist, Dr Alan Searleman back in 2000 stated that "Left-handers have a higher 'fluid' intelligence and better vocabulary than the majority of the population. This is perhaps why there are more of them in creative professions, such as music, art and writing." - Now that's more like it. Although he did also say we tend to be more forgetful, clumsy and have a shorter life span!
I had heard before that left handers were supposed to be more creative and finally I'll get to the point of this post - just out of interest I wondered how many of the other arty crafty people who read this blog (or may stumble upon it by chance) might be left handed.
It was also a good opportunity to use the amazing picture above which I found recently when I came across Alex Zonis who is a fellow artist also taking part in the Sketchbook Project. The theme she picked is 'A day in the life' and her sketches (a totally inadequate word when you actually see these amazing drawings) are of different people in her neighbourhood. They are absolutely outstanding and you can pop over to Alex's blog, Pencil Scribbles to have a look for yourself.
I saw this painting of the hands on her blog and at first I genuinely thought it was a photograph. I think it is amazingly detailed and just stunning. So I asked Alex if she would mind me using it as an illustration to this post and she kindly said yes. Oh, and Alex is right handed - which probably blows my left-handed artist theory right out of the water!!
So, just out of interest I'd love to know - are you a leftie or a righty??