Two Sides

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Two variations of K.bKerri glamor retouched copy

There are so many ways to portray a subject.  Even when the portrait is figurative, a straight forward depiction of likeness; a literal likeness of an individual, it’s a challenge to decide which aspect of your model you want to highlight or capture.  That said, I’ve been playing with “sets”.  These are two figurative, straight up portraits of an individual, exploring two very different ways of seeing her.

-Please forgive the less than ideal photos of these oil paintings. The human eye blends the color and values, my lack of expertise  with a camera seems to separate them-


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. So interesting, and such a mark of your skill that you can bring out these subtle variations..both so beautiful and striking..

  2. Seeing the two very different portraits together almost has K out of the frame, entertaining us with a presence of fleeting and lingering emotions. You are such a brilliant mood catcher!

  3. Amazing how two portraits of the same girl can express two sides of her character so poignantly. In the first one K is more pensive and maybe even a bit melancholy, while in the second one K is just a bit more irritated or annoyed. Love them both.

  4. The expression in the eyes of both portraits is very beautiful. I love how each says something different.

  5. Wow, just stunning! Clearly the same girl but in very different moods. Your ability to capture likeness and personality is just amazing! They really deserve more comment than that but I don’t know what else to say! Some time you should post some of your beginner portraits, maybe with some comments about what you learned along the way! 🙂

  6. Stunning portraits, dear Elena! Very well made​​! Congratulations!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us your amazing work!
    Have a wonderful day, dear Elena! Big hugs, much love, Stefania! 🙂

  7. Dear Elena, fascinate me again what you did. They both have a very impressive expressions on their face… I can write a story for them, you really made great paintings, I admire your art. Thanks and Love, nia

  8. I couldn’t guess how subtle difference of color hue and how they are affecting
    the impression from each paintings though, I guess the effect of the photographic
    conversion affecting both of them in equal way.
    On the end, two painting still shows one personality is the matter, and your skill
    to do it amazes me.

    When I played with a photo, by cutting it into each pieces of eyes, nose, lips and
    tried to reconfigure for different expression, it became to a different person.
    —- so that to draw different paintings with different angle and different shape of
    the components, still showing the same personality is incredible.

    1. Thank you Yoshi! I think what helps here, is the opportunity to know this young woman. Clearly we are all complex creatures. Teens of course are growing in many ways from week to week, so it’s easy to glimpse the varied people within.

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