Painting With my Left Hand

What could go wrong when this rightie goes leftie?

I got bored and wanted to try something new, so I decided to do a small series of paintings using my left hand. This was an interesting experiment. There’s a lot of hovering in odd positions involved. I’m glad I did it, but I can’t wait to get back to using my right hand.

Give me a week though. I’ve got some Photoshopping to do. Enjoy!

Art: 2019 © Tear-n Tan.  All Rights Reserved.

Day 1: First stab at southpaw painting. Left wrist and left shoulder blade felt sore. Went real loose here. If it was going to look bad, I could always claim it was because I was using my left hand. HAH! I’m actually quite happy with this initial attempt. He’s biting his bottom lip, I didn’t forget to paint it. =)

(Matthew Modine at the Los Angeles premiere of Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “Le Divorce”, July 29, 2003 at the Mann Festival Theatre in Westwood, California.)


Day 2: Left side not sore anymore, but now right shoulder was aching. Weird.

Winona Ryder at a special screening of “The Hired Hand” hosted by Sundance Channel Home Entertainment and The American Cinematheque, October 22, 2003 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California.


Day 3, Part 1: First full length. Didn’t like it. Went back the next day to fix her face. I’m still not satisfied with this one.

Kelly Osbourne at Macy’s Passport Teen Night Fundraiser, October 1, 2003 at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.


Day 3, Part 2: Had to redeem myself after an unsatisfactory attempt at a full length. Happy with results here. Was freaking out over the hair over the eyes. Didn’t want to mess that part up. By the time I was almost finished with this one, painting with my left hand felt quite natural. I forgot that I was using my non-dominant hand.

Cindy Crawford at 2nd Annual “Runway for Life” Celebrity Fashion Show Benefit for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, August 19, 2003 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.


Day 4: Final painting and another full length. I loved creating the gown. Didn’t get the face right though, but hey…I was using my left hand!

Kerry Washington at the world premiere of “Ray”, October 19, 2004 at The Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, California.


I am available for commissions, and don’t worry, I’ll use my right hand!


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