Latest in the Divide Series


I’m still working on this series but with a little less vigor, since I’m distracted by and doing battle with the “Blood and Vapor” series.   So many paintings to make, never enough time.

Comments on: "Latest in the Divide Series" (75)

  1. settleandchase said:

    The veil of white really adds to the sensuous quality here..just beautiful..

  2. Beautiful Elena.. you have such a well of talent..

  3. I am in awe of your raw talent with your water colors….but these oil portraits take my breath away.
    Elena, you are soooooo talented and a great inspiration.

  4. A very interesting portrait. I like her modest look – almost a little sadness mixed with shyness. The use the “veil” of white paint adds depth to the picture. Yes, it’s frustrating when we don’t have enough time to pursue all our ideas – but the opposite would be worse, wouldn’t it?

  5. Gorgeous portrait 🙂 Good luck with your present projects, Elena!

  6. So interesting…but so happy you are distracted on B&V! Can’t wait!

  7. I love how the wash seems to add to the reality of the image. Beautiful painting.

  8. Jane Thorne said:

    You are so talented Elena, I love this one. x

  9. Beautiful behind her veil Elena, I can see why there are not enough hours in the day for you, so much you want to get out.

  10. Wonderful paint art~ love it

  11. “The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.”

    ― Geoffrey Chaucer

  12. The wash feels very much like a fabric veil in this one. I like that her thoughts seem to become more unreadable under that layer, she is going deeper inside herself. Like a protection, maybe.
    Anyway, the painting is beautiful, and those little wisps of hair on her neck and shoulder are perfection.

  13. You are not only a great artist but a true poet…perhaps Visual Poet is what I mean. Nevertheless I mean it all in the best possible sense. Enriching! Thank you Elena!

  14. She has a sadness, but I don’t see it as being imposed from an outside force. it’s self imposed as if she’s ashamed of something.

  15. Simply stunning!

  16. she looks like she is caught in a whirlwind to me. The veil adds a layer of energy, but underneath she seems calm and tranquil. It becomes a very powerful image.

  17. Holy cow, so many really cool series. (It’s not QUITE the same but I did add 100 Tiny Houses before I was done with 100 Cityscapes – so I understand the impulse!) The facial features are so amazing!

  18. Elena you are an excellent portrait painter, so why the additional layer? In this instance I think the ‘veil’ emphasizes a particular quality of the sitter – she is a private person, perhaps a little introspective rather than extrospective.

    • Thank you Louis. The white glaze pushes the subject into another plane, indeed a private place, but perhaps it is not a willing solitude. It may well be imposed. Maybe even a threatening push and sealing in. I have my own feelings about what may impose this sentence but I prefer that the viewer speculate.

  19. The mist in this beautiful painting reminds me of the webbing in your previous photos.

  20. Very nice portrait, dear Elena! The girl’s face, shrouded in the veil of mist! Incredibly beautiful and mysterious at the same time! It’s like a bride! Congratulations, dear Elena!
    Have a wonderful day! Big hugs, Stefania! 🙂

  21. You’d need that the day had more hours for so many wonderful paintings!

  22. And blogging super girl.. look in control.

  23. Your talent is unfolding just fine so worry not about time!
    Beautiful my dear Elena! 🙂

  24. Elena, I have always been in awe of your energy, output and talent! Love the sense of brooding whimsy in this portrait!

  25. What a wonderful painting, Elena!

  26. Beautiful veil Elena, brings a level of elegance to this young woman.

  27. Really beautiful. Oil, watercolors, photography… is there nothing you can’t do? 🙂

  28. This is really beautiful , Elena ! Love it ❤️

  29. Beautiful girl…in deep contemplation behind a veil? 🙂

  30. Beautiful Elena. That takes some courage/guts/otherword to make those large brush strokes over your work, but they look great 🙂

  31. Do you find that sometimes having multiple projects in-flight at once stretches you too thin, and other times their differences feed into each other and invigorate you?

    • Hi Gabriel! No, never feel pressure when I have lots going on unless it’s a commissioned piece. And, you’re right, one feeds the other and if one isn’t working I can move to a “friendlier” piece. Often a little time helps me figure out where I’ve gone really wrong and I can go back and fix it. Other times when I give up on something, I know I can move instantly to another, so I don’t feel so defeated. And yes! It’s invigorating to get up each morning scheming to make as much time as possible to actually work.

  32. Strong image. I see here the Vortex shows its own meaning.

  33. Really beautiful!

  34. I´m stunned Elena! You work so fast!! Such time it takes to do just the oil portraits and you keep hanging one a week (or even two) and still have time to do the watercolors!! And all so well done! I have no words…. Great job!

    • Thanks so much Palmira. I’ve always got three pieces brewing at once. Some come very quickly, others weeks, but I’m always making something, it’s always new and exciting:)

  35. Love it! Looks great!

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