Beyond Color: Art Blog #2


“Hidden Hope”

A Bird’s Eye View #2

12″ x 12″ Acrylic on Gessobord with 3/4″ Birch Cradle – Wired to Hang

Beyond Color paintings are half price the price of my regular 12 x 12″ paintings. Available for purchase below.

This week’s painting tutorial was a cover-up. Step one? Creating a wild & crazy painting full of color, movement and texture, experimenting and playing with how colors look up against each other, on top and underneath each other – all to then cover up with tints & shades. Pointless you say? Not really. I can get lost in the interplay of colors, one thing leading to another. The tints & shades said, simmer down. Take a rest. Breathe. Why do we keep plowing into the constant hum of activity, always filling our minds and time with this and that? We need a rest sometimes, time away from the usual.

During this pandemic, some of the frenetic-ness has been tempered. I still find I need to break away from whatever our life has become through this last year. It is a solace to go for a hike in the woods, walk along a river or lake, escape on our bikes in mittens and scarves. It is also a solace, as you will see in this week’s tutorial, to empty yourself using color. And in this case, create some spots of rest and space…even if for a little while.

Each time I post a new Art Bit exercise & A Bird’s Eye View painting demo, I will post a blog about the finished painting here and muse a bit about the process and what it brought up for me. The first set of videos are free, which includes: a short Welcome & Overview, my Favorite Materials, Art Bit exercise #1 and A Bird’s Eye View Painting Demo #1. Check it out! After that the videos will be a “Pay What You Are Able” with a minimum of $1 per video for the exercise and demo.

Take an up-close Visual Journey around the painting below, read about the painting process and then go to Beyond Color: Art Bit Exercise #2 and A Bird’s Eye View Demo #2 to watch me paint this. It is set up as Pay-What-You-Are-Able, with a $1 minimum payment to allow those with less or who have been hurt during this pandemic to have access to this healing art of painting in the abstract. If you are able to pay more, that help to keep me in the paint!

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Hidden Hope

Original Acrylic on Gessobord 12 x 12″ with 3/4″ Birch Cradle. Wired to hang. S&H included in price.


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Published by Robyn Sand Anderson Art

I am an Abstract Expressionist acrylic painter. Abstract Expressionism is aimed at subjective emotional expression with a particular emphasis on the creative spontaneous act of painting. I love interpreting music with paint, specifically choral and orchestral music, but I am open to whatever moves me to see color, movement and texture. Beyond Color: Using Paint to Heal, Create & Grow is a painting tutorial series in abstract expressionism aimed specifically at beginners and non-artists who need a creative outlet to give themselves a lift, a way to express whatever they are feeling with color. Beyond Color: Art Blog posts are my brief reflections on the 12 x 12" painting created in each demo, which will also be for sale. To see my latest work, check out my Gallery page. Thanks for visiting Beyond Color!

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