Beyond Color: Art Blog #9

“Paths As Yet Unknown”

12 x 12″ Acrylic on Gessobord with 3/4″ Birch Sides. Wired to hang.

Details to purchase here.

I started painting in abstract expressionism a couple years after a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis. Realistic watercolors weren’t enough anymore. I needed more to express what I’d been through. I wouldn’t wish this condition on anyone, yet out of it rose an emotional outlet that lends itself to working stuff out, the stuff that doesn’t fit into a square box tied with a bow. Painting in the abstract did that for me.

I find the path a painting takes endlessly fascinating. The only thing I knew as I started “Paths As Yet Unknown” was that I wanted to start with warm colors then cover with cool colors. I could start the same way today and get an entirely different painting. As this one evolved, it reminded me of the walks Jon and I took during the pandemic. The nature walks that helped us to keep our sanity. Color has always brought me joy. My childhood memories and dreams usually involve a memory of color, but what I re-discovered from my childhood is that getting out into nature, exploring the natural world around us, is also healing, can also bring a sense of joy. Deep breaths of fresh air, looking at the patterns of branches against the sky, finding the deep green-yellow of moss on rocks against the brown decay of leaves all lift the spirit. We are a part of all of that. Same stardust origins. Think of that! What a gift it is to take in color and pattern, texture and shape in art or in the natural world around us.

We do not know our life’s path looking forward. I never would have imagined the diagnoses I have had. Though hidden, we lean into our path with eyes wide open, trusting and gathering strength from the world around us, the people and nature who travel with us.

The music I chose to go with this painting is called “Follow Hidden Paths” by David Celeste (

*NEW! Watch this painting evolve here. The videos are free! I’ve changed the format of my painting demo videos. They are shorter, with less talking and more painting. Check it out!

Take a one-minute stroll through “Paths As Yet Unknown” with this One-Minute Visual Journey, click here. It lets you get up-close and personal as the camera travels around the painting.

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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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