Big Bummers and Making Lemonade 11 x 14 Inch Oil Painting

I broke my right hand.  Big bummer!  This is my first one handed, left hand painting.  I have not figured out how to mix my own colors with one hand yet so tube colors will have to do for today.  Must remedy that situation.  11 x14 inch oil.  I’m not sure how much I will be painting during this time, but today I made lemonade.

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30 thoughts on “Big Bummers and Making Lemonade 11 x 14 Inch Oil Painting

  1. Aww I hope your hand is healing well and hopefully the soonest. Your left hand had its own talent and it definitely shows in this colorful abstract painting. Its like peace in chaos.

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    1. Thanks Carrie. I want a speedy speedy hand healing! Ever time I walk past that painting I giggle. Reminds me of a circus. The colors crack me up too. If it were smaller, I really would put a magnet on it and hang it on the fridge like a little kid. The left hand is hard to use, especially all by itself, but now with the cast, I have two hands…well, a left hand and partial use of right hand. The cast limits my movements a lot. Aargh!!!

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  2. The first of hopefully many “very loose abstracts” I keep my paint on my palette in the freezer so I don’t have to open tubes every time I paint. They can be a pain to open with two good hand so I can only imagine your struggle. Good luck! I think you’ll find what works for you as long as you keep at it.

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    1. Lol. I have had painters block and the blahs and a sick dog. I was just starting to paint again and in middle of third new painting, decided to go to mail box…and got snipered!!! So now that I don’t have the painters block blahs, I don’t have my hand! This happened Wednesday!!!!!

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  3. Hi Dawn. I think – seriously – this is a good abstract (it IS an abstract, right? :)) There is a lot of vibrancy and energy in the patterns and colors and good balance also. I am not trying to sound all academic (being an engineer and all), but really, I think you should explore this type of response to the canvas a bit more. I hope your hand is quick to mend!

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    1. Thank you Fritz! Lololololol. Love the part that says…it IS an abstract right? That’s awesome! And YES it is! I’m pretty sure it’s about all I can do right now so I gotta figure out how to mix colors with one hand. I was just getting so frustrated trying to open the paint with my teeth and making a mess I didn’t feel like figuring out a process today. I do hope to “explore” this area more in the weeks/months to come. Yes! Quick mending time. I’m grumpy!

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        1. I have three copies. Ha! I bought one, my friend in Texas sent me one, and then my aunt in Illinois sent me one. No wonder y’all can’t find a copy. I have them!
          BTW, your “lemonade” is neat. Very different for you, which is good!! I’ve caught myself painting with my left hand when it was convenient. It surprises me a little when I notice. “Hmm, I didn’t know I could do that!”

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        2. Haha! You have all the copies. That is funny. Thank you for the compliment. I’m being forced out of my comfort zone. Sitting here sketching and very surprised at what I can do. Who knew? I never ever use my left hand. It got really tired today. I discovered muscles I didn’t know I have and now only know of cuz my hand is sore.

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  4. Oh no about your hand! That sucks!!
    Frank Frazetta had a stroke and lost the ability to use his right hand. He was going nuts. His psychiatrist told him that artists don’t paint with their hands, they paint with their heads. I say we paint with our hearts and souls too! So Frank learned to paint with his left hand!

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    1. You are the second person that has mentioned him today! I looked at some of his stuff. Margaret mentioned a documentary about him worth watching.

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        1. He was the best fantasy artist ever. Boris Vallejo pales in comparison. He died just a few years ago. I think at the end of the documentary they show him painting left handed. If you try to paint some flowers with your left hand, you must show us!

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