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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Using my non dominant hand

I'd be lying if I said painting with my other hand was easy.  It's not.  Nor is learning to do anything new ever totally easy.  Giving up is easy but doesn't give the same sense of satisfaction as continuing on with something new.

My most recent other hand painting.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Anyone Can Learn to Paint

Hey, if I can paint with my "other" hand while my broken arm heals, you can surely learn to paint with your dominant hand.  This little gem was done by a guy who swore he had never painted before.  This painting was done in one of my one day workshops.  He was not the exception.  Most of the students produced wonderful paintings and YES you can start out painting successful portraits.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Painting with my non-dominant hand

I am a person who talks with her hands and having to keep one arm immobile is a real challenge. Today marks 3 1/2 weeks of being in a sling and I tell you it feels like three years!!!  I have been fortunate though to have taken my watercolors and acrylics on this extended vacation with me.  I have not attempted to paint with acrylics yet but my watercolors have been quite the experience.

I found that I am very wobbly with my brush unless I place a few fingers on the paper to help stabilize my hand.  I started with flowers, moved on to dogs and finally decided to attempt a face.  since I didn't have a model, I painted out of my imagination.  Not great but surely not bad.

I have a way to go until my broken arm heals enough to where I can use it again so in the meanwhile I continue to paint with my left hand.  Here are a few commissioned "other hand" pieces. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

More left handed paintings

Since I won't have use of my painting arm for awhile, I better get used to painting with my left hand.  Here are a couple of my most recent ones.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Other Hand

The day after my last post I tripped, fell and broke my right humerus up into the shoulder.  How life can change in a second.  One minute I am mailing off a commissioned painting, the next I am trying to get up from the concrete sidewalk with the aid of one arm.  A trip to the ER, X-rays and a simple, undersized sling and I'm sent home.  Well, not actually home as we were in the very early days of a three month vacation.

My plans were to spend the summer months painting and attending about a dozen plays which we already had tickets.  I have new found sympathy for people who have broken bones, especially on their dominant side.  I haven't felt pain like that in a long time.  I also never realized just how much I use my right hand and arm.  We are waiting to see if it heals with the warning that a shoulder replacement is on the horizon.

What was I to do all summer I asked as I sat staring at my art materials.  I couldn't sign an X with my left hand, how in the world was I to paint.  Oh well, I had nothing to lose so I thought why not and I started to paint the wild red poppies I was seeing all around this area.  I won't kid you, I felt very spastic and the going was very slow but it was a heck of a lot better than sitting and feeling sorry for myself.  I painted almost every day eventually trying my hand at painting dogs.  I have to admit, I amazed myself.

Here are a few of my "other hand" paintings.  I don't necessarily recommend breaking your arm but there is something very satisfying about doing something you never thought you'd be able to do.

Friday, June 7, 2019

I admit I love painting faces!

I have to admit that although I can paint almost anything, I absolutely love painting faces.  This summer my goal is to do a painting every day.  Yes, I mean do the whole painting from start to finish. By not taking my time, it encourages me to just get down only what I need to say.  When I take more time, my brushes get smaller and I put in more and more detail and often I overwork my painting.  Not that detail is bad but I am attempting to stretch myself and, hopefully, in the process take my art to the next level.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Whimsical, Colorful Paintings

I have always wanted to add more color to my paintings but haven't quite taken the full plunge.  Recently I decided to close my eyes to the local color and just go for it.  Here are just a few of my whimsical paintings.