Sunday, March 13, 2011


Blue Hand
part of a larger spread
acrylic on paper

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about hands. It might have started with watching a demo from Traci Bunkers using some henna stencils in her art journal, including one of a hand. I love the way she develops a technique and uses something in a different manner than it is intended; it’s very cool and creative recycling.

Red Hand
approx. 12" x 18"
acrylic on paper

The next day, I saw the stop pedestrian sign at the cross walk and, yep, it was a raised hand. Using hands in art goes back to ancient cave paintings. As artists, we depend on our hands to translate visions in our mind into something tangible onto a surface.

I remembered and found a few older paintings I did with my palm print on them.
9.50" x 7"
acrylic on paper

Reaching Out
9" x 12"
acrylic on paper

How do use your hands in your art? Do the hands, as symbols, appear in your work?


  1. Hi Gina,
    I love your hand pictures especially the blue one (I have a thing about blue)- a powerful, quiet image. I've felt inspired by cave artists too, the outlined hands etc., but I haven't used them in art ...yet, in movement,yes. I think your blue hand is somehow "listening".Beautiful.

  2. Hi Alexi,
    I was trying to make a design on that blue hand but it didn't turn out the way I thought it might; still, it's kinda cool. I like how you say it's listening. Our hands do so much for us everyday, don't they?