I woke up with an image reflected on my retinas. I had an overwhelming urge to realize the vision.  It had to be dreamy-loose but also had to adhere to my vision.

I began with a watercolor sketch, but the color was too vibrant.  It needed to be somber. I took a photo of the watercolor and opened it up in Photoshop, then decided to desaturate it.  I painted a very simple back round so the bird-girl takes the spotlight.  A new series is born.

The watercolor sketch:


Published by elenacaravela

My world is a wonder of visual candy and foreboding shadow shapes vying every waking moment for my full attention.

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  1. Elena, this is incredible! So light – fantasy and yet almost human and believable…innocent and yet not at all..a wonderful effect..

  2. The black and white final image is so fully realized. The figure seems at once to have volume, but also to be almost vaporous. If you’ll forgive my projecting; it reminds me of my own dreams of flight: they are as frighening and frustrating as they are exhilerating. You are the queen of the complex emotional facial expressions.

  3. I like the vibrant little bird girl….taking flight to reach her dreams!!! Though she does look a little scared, but then aren’t we all…when we take our first “leap of faith”?
    The first one is more “serious”…sombre like you said…I really like the coloured one though 😀

  4. This is brilliant Elena!!! I love the girls’ wings, but her feet – wow, they haunt me.

    Congratulations on realizing your dreamy image into a new series, you are incredibly talented. Can’t wait to see where you take the whole concept and series!

  5. Very beautiful pictures, dear Eleana! I like both very much! You have a very creative imagination!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Have a wonderful day and many blessings!
    With much love, Stefania! 🙂

  6. I like how her toes look like vestiges of roots are still clinging there…perhaps that describes the ambiguous look in her eyes…to be ripped from earth and take to the skies…how does that feel?

  7. When the child was a child
    It walked with its arms swinging,
    wanted the brook to be a river,
    the river to be a torrent,
    and this puddle to be the sea.

    When the child was a child,
    it didn’t know that it was a child,
    everything was soulful,
    and all souls were one…..

    Peter Handke – Wings of Desire

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