Beyond Color: Art Blog #10

Moonlight Mist

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

Details to purchase here.

Learning how to live with a certain acceptance that we can’t know it all helps in the letting go of those things we can’t control. This week, a lesson in letting go. I started painting with cool colors as an underpainting and added warm hues on top when the first layer was dry, the opposite of Art Blog #9. While the second layer was still wet, I used a squeegee tool to make vertical strokes uncovering the beautiful blues underneath.

When I paint, I am often reminded of the contrasts of life. Cool colors contrast with warm colors. When you put contrasting things next to each other, both parties become clear, noticeable. Unfortunately, I cannot show you the evolution of this painting because my edited file became corrupt. I can see my edit and the final product in iMovie, but it won’t let me share it with you. I hate corruption.

So I tried this, I tried that. I googled til the cows came home. To no avail. I could not save it to my desktop in order to post it. The contrast of power and powerlessness stared me in the face. All that work and time spent editing lost. It struck me that the title of the music “Wings of Daylight” and the painting title “Moonlight Mist” were also contrasts. I began the process in “daylight” and ended up “in the mist.” But that is how it is quite often, right? We feel we have a grasp on something, to find out that no, not so much.

“Stuff” (PG version) happens. Yes, it does. Instead of punching a wall (okay, I’ve never even thought of doing that, but it’s dramatic) I tried to look at what I could do. I could feature the painting anyway, and I could still create a One-Minute Visual Journey video. It will have to do. Then on to the next painting. With a new SD card. Stay tuned!

The music I chose to go with this painting is called “Wings of Daylight” by Etienne Roussel (

Take a one-minute stroll through “Moonlight Mist” with this One-Minute Visual Journey. 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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