A few weeks ago, I strained some ligaments in my right arm doing a home project! It was painful and caused issues using my arm for certain movements….thankfully, it didn’t keep me from painting….but, it gave me pause… and I thought, “What if I couldn’t use my right hand to paint?” “Could I do a painting with my left hand?”
I have never tried doing anything that required any type of finesse with my left hand….so, I decided to do a little head study, using only my left hand. I did a little master copy after the great John Singer Sargent. It was a little awkward, but I was surprised that it was not as disappointing as I thought it might be.
What this tells me is that observation skills are really more important than being facile with a brush. I think with some practice, I could paint images with my left hand that would be hard to distinguish from the right handed paintings. The image below is 6x8, oil on linen panel. I may never do another one….but it is comforting to know that if push comes to shove, and I had to….I could do a left hand painting! The most difficult thing was signing the painting!
Thanks for listening to my ramblings!
Hodges Soileau OPA
Left Handed 6x8 oil on linen study after Sargent