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Monday, 6 August 2012

"...the sheep's in the meadow..."

This week at The Butterfly Effect, it was suggested that we try working with our Non-dominant hand...for me that would be my left hand. I am TOTALLY right handed(except when typing)
I had a feeling this wasn't going to go well, so I decided to work on a piece of cardboard box. I practised controlling the brush by first adding a layer of white gesso.
While that was drying, I chose 3 colours to work with...

I'd acquired an interesting texture with the gesso, and that lead me to think of tall grass. I blobbed the paint... 

and smooshed. As I suspected, the paint was laying very thick, and I started to think "naive art" stylie might be effective :D

I also noticed that I actually hold the brush in my left hand, exactly the same way as I do right-handed, which gave me a little more confidence :)

Following the gesso texture I made tall grass...

adding a little white to the sky area.

then I noticed a picture in the newspaper I was resting on...and my "naive" dream was fulfilled :D


Blocking out in white, and only using the colours from the background...

a warm summer evening, as the sun starts to set...

and the sheep gets a golden fleece :D

"Little boy blue,
come blow your horn.
The sheep's in the meadow,
the cow's in the corn..."

I quite like the results so far, but now I want to add stuff with my dominant hand :D
Enjoy :D XXX
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15 comments:

  1. That's fab especially as you are using the "wrong hand" LOL
    xoxo Sioux

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  2. Gina I love this! The sheep's' colors, the cardboard... all of it, and the best part is that it is not even done with your strong hand! ♥
    I think I will give this challenge a try too

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  3. I just read your comment on my blog, and I'm giving it right back, you, my lady, have no non-dominant hand. This is precious. I love how the sheep looks like it would feel like the real thing to the touch.

    And Ayala Art is right, those colors rock!

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  4. Looks like you were having fun. :) Judging by my experiments nothing like this can be possible for me. Awesome sheep!

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  5. Your left hand is better than my right lol I do love how this turned out ;0)

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  6. Gina, Excellent! I think he is so cute! You can truly do anything! Love the colors too!

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  7. I came to visit you this morning but couldn't leave a comment, anyway I am back now. This is great Gina I wrote a whole story this morning about how freeing this looks and just wanted to come back and tell you it is wonderful but I am too tired to tell you in detail, it was an essay, I promise. Bigger than this.
    ManonX
    Little man is watching over me!

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    1. ...and i think we drove by your house yesterday while you were typing lol. Was at Ikea, but took the scenic route home :D

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  8. Perfect sheep, especially with your left hand, wow!

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  9. Wow,wow,wow - fantastic, love it.

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  10. I love this, I cheated and did no painting with my non-dominant hand. I thought about it though, you have inspired me to give it a go. :) I love that sheep.

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  11. Amazing how you can draw such an amazing piece only with your left hand!! Love that you draw only with these three colors! ♥♥♥

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  12. Very Nice! I'm liking all of the post so far. I just need to get in gear and do something.

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  13. Wow - I can't believe you did that with your left hand! I absolutely adore the sheep, I don't think I could it that well with my right hand!

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