contemporary abstract painting by suhail mitoubsi

Colourful River


  • High quality acrylic paints and mixed media on a thick card. The card was tripled Gessoed in the initial preparation prior to creating the painting.
  • Painting size: 45 x 63.5 cm (17.6 x 25”)
  • Mat mount size: 54 x 75 cm (21.25 x 29.5”)
  • The painting is mat mounted professionally in white mat (see images below). The painting and mat are not framed.
  • This painting is finished with a light coat of varnish.
  • It is worth noting that actual colours of the images shown here may slightly vary depending on your screen.

This Abstract Painting

I used several colours to make this abstract painting, including red, blue, a touch of yellow ochre, beautiful purple and few others.

As with all my paintings, I build the paintings through several layers and this painting is made up of 9 layers of acrylic paints.

Acrylic paints work differently from oil paints, not only in the drying time but also in the way it is applied on the surface of the painting. Even though the drying time is a lot more quicker than oil paints, this painting took me several weeks to complete.

I am right-handed person but when I create my paintings I usually use my left hand (non-dominant hand). This is a great scientific theory, which tells us a lot about our brain. In simple terms, the brain is split between two hemispheres, the right and the left.

Without going in great scientific details, our each hemisphere is in charge of the opposite side of the body, so your left brain controls your right hand. It is also known that the right brain is better at emotions, feelings visualisation, daydreaming, imagination and holistic thinking, while the left brain is better at language, logic, linear thinking and thinking in words.

When we use our non-dominant hand, it confuses our brain. The brain functions with predictability. It’s in a way like auto-suggestion. It understand the way our body functions and behaves and it tries to predict the next move even before it starts.

When we use our non-dominant hand, we confuse our brain and its ability to auto-suggest or predict the next move. 

So, the theory is that if you use your left hand, i.e. you would be using your right brain, you enhance your creativity. This theory has not proven to be absolutely true, but many people, including some artists, believe it can help. That also includes me.

To cut the long story short, I used my left hand to paint the entire painting.

Interested in This Painting?

I would be delighted to provide any further details and discuss your requirements.  Please drop me an email quoting the painting title and I will contact you shortly.

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