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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


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

  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

  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!

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

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

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

  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.
    Little man is watching over me!

    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

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

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

  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.

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

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

  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!