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.

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.

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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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