There is nothing that I enjoy more than spending time among the trees, beside a body of water, or simply appreciating a very light breeze on a warm day. That's why I became a landscape painter.
That said, I have been itching to stretch in the ways that I create my artwork. To me, that's what living life like an artist is all about.
With that in mind, I am taking an online Masterclass in painting from an abstract painter. This is not a class about technique, it is more about painting in a way that is authentic to me as an individual.
That said, I am definitely experimenting with technique as well. Thought it would be fun to give you a little peek of a specific project that I recently completed.
The task that I was given was to make 2 paintings. Each painting was to be done in acrylic and mixed media using a limited palette of 3 colors plus black and white. I chose to use titian buff rather than white because I prefer the softer off-white hue. Also, I think that living like an artist means bending the rules a bit if you feel as if you are going to get a better result.
One of the paintings was to be done with my non-dominant hand, while the other was to be completed with my dominant hand. I am extremely right-handed, so I had a bit of trepidation simply thinking about this project.
I needn't have been concerned. This was a GREAT exercise for multiple reasons. First of all, I enjoyed the challenge. More importantly, I enjoyed getting out of my own way, and working without concern about representation.
So that you can see where the process began, the first two images were the beginning stages of the paintings. The final two images are the completed pieces.
I'd love to hear which one of the completed artwork you think is the painting done with my dominant hand, and which one is your favorite in the comments below.
The beginning stages of my abstract painting, painting #1
The beginning stages of my abstract painting, painting #2
Division of Frailty, 14x10.5 inches, Mixed Media, © Lynn Goldstein $735
Wilted Nerve, 14x10.5 inches, Mixed Media, ©Lynn Goldstein $735
I look forward to reading your guess of which piece was done with my dominant hand, and also which one is your fav in the comments below!
5/1/2019 10:15:29 am
Lynn - interesting subject. I like Division of Frailty better. Though I can't explain why. It does seem to have a Franz Kline look.
5/1/2019 08:07:52 pm
Great to hear from you, Fred. Thanks so much for reading my email, and checking out this blog post.
5/15/2019 04:53:22 pm
Lynn, I just saw this blog post, today, along with your newest video. Your two abstract pieces both generate emotional appeal for me and I like the one called "Wilted Nerve" the best. I think that's because of the color choices and where/how the marks are, along with the pronounced value differences in spots. There is some sort of feeling of depth and timelessness in this one! The other has a more non-objective feeling, but this one reminds me of a Place. I'm guessing that my favorite was done by your dominant hand, but at first I thought it was the other way around. So I have no clue, really, as to which hand wrought which work! I've enjoyed seeing what you've been exploring in art, lately, and look forward to seeing and reading more in the future.
5/16/2019 08:25:06 am
Hi Lucy, Great to hear from you. Thanks for taking the time to read my blogpost and look at my latest video. Your guess is (drum roll please) wrong. : ) The one that you like the best was done with my non-dominant hand. I have found that there has been a pretty even split regarding which one is preferred. That said, most people who have liked your favorite have also said that it reminding them of a place. I hope all is well with you. Lynn
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