Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Left Handed Study

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



  1. Yes, this was quite nice! Although I do hope you will never need this skill out of necessity, certainly.

  2. Thank you Judy....yes, I hope I never have to do another one....ever!