Blood And Vapor

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A new series, “Blood And Vapor”.

Who lingers within you?   Have you ever felt an ancestral presence?  The inescapable tie of family:hundreds of individuals, yesterday and today, here and gone.  A powerful resonance or inconspicuous vapor?

I’ll be wrestling with a visual expression, with varied materials and modes of expression to come close to addressing these questions.

I’m experimenting wildly so many of the pieces I’ve made thus far don’t really “work”.  Some approach the mark for me, and others are quite disappointing.  I’ll be sharing them all with you as I explore.

This piece is watercolor, 22″x30″, with a burnt sienna oil glaze in selected portions.

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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. Thanks Leanova. To sum it up briefly, life. Where I am in it, what’s going on in it, and a need to both rejoice and figure out some of the challenges and mysteries as best I can.

  1. Beautifully muted emerging figures Elena . I love the way the figures are connected by just the merest whisper of touch.
    Your new series sounds intruiging to say the least- I’m very much looking forward to seeing how it evolves 🙂

  2. Beautiful work. It is a very promising start. May I suggest also to look in the opposite direction? I mean: in one way or another we all frequently ask ourselves about those that came down the line before us, and somehow feel their presence/influence on our lives. But what about those that will come in the distant future, that we will never get to know, but who will nevertheless be beads in the same string in which we are tied? We will one day be the ghosts whose presence they will feel. We bear a strong responsibility in this, but can we sense it in the same way as we feel the weight of the past?

  3. I love it. The burnt sienna gives it a sort of haunting feel and I really love the idea that you are exploring, can’t wait to see what your exploration brings next! I really love the feel of the whole piece. Oh, and thank you so very much for your generous compliment on my last piece.

  4. Wow! (First, I had a nice laugh, because the first thing I thought was “ombré “, and the reason I even know that word is because I watch Project Runway. Haha.) Anyway, I just love that unevenly graduated effect of the shadows. It is magical!

  5. Hauntingly beautiful. The powerful matriarch leading the way? The one near the end looking back to see who is yet to come? Or perhaps making sure no men are trying to follow…:)

  6. You might allow two thoughts about this, as I’ve been thinking along similar lines in a sermon I made some time ago. So it’s bound to be related to religion, although it is a general human topic at the same time…
    Here we go:
    One. A friend of mine told me. “They left you here from the last century.” Then, correcting himself: “No, it was the one before the last and still – it they put you down anywhere, you seem like you’re at home. You’re an universal cosmopolitan.” (I thought, this was too flattering and obviously a bit over the top, but it got me thinking…)
    Two. Something makes me feel like it’s true. As if I had the memories of past generations in my bones. Was it C.G. Jung, who called it the “Kollektive Unbewußte”? Anyway, each time I stand in a church praying a certain psalm (it is Psalm 90), I feel like they are all standing behind me. The women of the past generations. As my mother ist still under the living, it’s just like your picture – the two of us, then grandmother, her mother and so on… praying: “Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations…”

    1. Thank you for your very thoughtful comment. While it is not my intention to bring religion into my exploration, I can appreciate what you are saying and how it certainly does relate to the visualization of my journey. Jung’s archetypes and the concept of “past generations in my bones” is intriguing to me, and is in fact, one important aspect in my consideration of this (to me), fascinating topic.

      1. Yes, we talked about this the other day with someone mourning over her grandmother: I am sure about this “taking someone with you in your bones” – if you like the phrase. It is simply a question of love really, it’s about this special bond between the generations.

  7. I like this one, the return, backwards to dust. The rather silly–I think, idea, that we (the we we are now) are somehow better, first, and the brightest of lights.

  8. Very beautiful picture, dear Elena! I like your choice to use warm colors of autumn! I look forward to your other works.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Have a wonderful day and a great week!
    Big hugs, much love, Stefania! 🙂

  9. I like the choice of palette (quiet and evocative of sepia archive photos); the period costume; the composition (the grouping that draws the eye along the line); the gradual reduction in definition as characters fade further into the past; the overall feel and atmosphere. Despite the somewhat sinister title for the series I like this particular picture a lot.

    1. No sinister intent in the title, just fact of blood, and vapor, a substance diffused or suspended in the air, a metaphor for passing, but with a resonance. Thanks Louis.

  10. Exciting series Elena and looking forward to seeing the other pieces you develop. I’m drawn to this particular scene – great use of details and edges, especially as I move to the background figures and see their features fade. Perfectly suited for the limited palette.

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