Beyond Color: Art Blog #12

“The Jewel Within”

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

This painting started out covered in red, well, reds I should say…several of them. That is all I knew I wanted as I approached that initial dive onto the surface. As you can see, only a few reds peek out at the end and those reds become a jewel in the midst of a garden of greens. There were many steps and missteps in between as I searched for a path forward (see painting demo here). The thing with abstract expressionism is, you don’t really know the path ahead of time except perhaps in a vague way. You take one step, assess, listen to your instincts and take another. Sometimes there is a misstep. No worries. You make adjustments. You start down a different path.

I find that there are so many parallels between this kind of painting and life. As I struggled to find my way, thinking at one point “this isn’t going to work,” I took another step forward, trusting that it would work somehow in the end.

Sometimes we can’t see the beauty and abundance that lies within us and our world. We are often blinded by all the things that go wrong, the mistakes we made, the ugliness we perceive. We get lost in the hard, sometimes ugly stuff. But life challenges can serve to help us see the good in ourselves and others. Beauty is there, waiting patiently for the right time to reveal itself. It is a jewel uncovered. Within each of us lies this gem of beauty. Be patient. Take a step forward. And then another and another. Open your eyes. Notice the jewels in your self, in others and in your path.

Take a visual stroll through “The Jewel Within” with this One-Minute Visual Journey #12. It lets you get up-close and personal as the camera travels around the painting.

Click here to watch Painting Demo #12 evolve. The music I chose to go with this painting fits perfectly. It’s called “All That You Will Be” by Gavin Luke. (

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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