Blood and Vapor:Communion

bnewbirds copy

Oil on Wood 10″x18″

Not as gloomy as it appears, I chose the bird metaphor to offer affinity with all living things.  This is the last (perhaps) of the smaller works. I’m now challenging myself with very large paintings with a less specific focus than the small pieces.  So far, I’ve experienced lots of trial and error attempts with them. I may finally be gaining on them:)

I will not whine again about photographing shiny oil work, but this painting is so much stronger in person.  On the flip side,  the WP snow is perfect!

*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?

Comments on: "Blood and Vapor:Communion" (69)

  1. Hauntingly beautiful and majestic! Great, great piece. – Gabriel (

  2. Such a fantastic painting. I thinks this is definitely one of my favorites.

  3. You definitely created a haunting mood! It’s beautiful! What kind of wood is it? I bet that was a challenge.

  4. An amazing piece of work! I’d love to feature this on my website – if you’d allow it – with full links back to your blog.

  5. I like it very much, it’s beautiful and powerful… And I have trouble taking photos of oil paintings, too. If I learn how to do it properly, I’ll let you now. 😉

  6. Thanks again Elena.
    Imagination has wings of a butterfly, too fragile to fly away from those memories that sometimes tie up one’s heart.

  7. I like the skill in the execution of the painting, and the rich depth created by the change of medium. But , to be honest, I find the birds somewhat disturbing. Perhaps Hitchcock has something to answer for!!

  8. Firstly it’s awesome that it’s painted on wood…
    I like seems like he’s contemplating with his eyes closed..not too bothered about the birds..maybe even oblivious to them!

  9. Wonderful work~love it !

  10. Love this painting and the spooky feel it gives when looking at it as a whole.

  11. Wow! The deep red and those ghostly birds. Stunning!

  12. Not gloomy–rich and meditative, rather. Lovely.

  13. Oh wow. This one is incredible. LOVE!

  14. Love it!!!! It’s quite enchanting

  15. exiledprospero said:

    Not as gloomy as it appears. No. Gloomier.

    I really love this one, Elena. It’s dark and I like that!

  16. M m m ! It’s power like Spanish old-master’s paintings of the martyred Saint.
    But my understanding of my ancestor in me is the same gene combination which
    I inherited —— hence showing the same tendencies in the life.

  17. Another great painting, Elena! Powerful!

  18. Such a great work. A dark and sad mood, a painting of so much expression and feelings. Looks sad and gets to me.

  19. What a strong painting, my dear Elena and I can imagine how much better it must be in life! I love it! 🙂

  20. The warmth and richness in this is such a wonderful gift, thank you Elena!

  21. Love this, Elena. Great atmosphere, pose, and silhouettes.

    Share more of these and I might get painting again myself!

  22. Haunting! Like a still from Andersen’s Girl with matches.

  23. Riveting and powerful. Really beautiful piece.

  24. It’s amazing…even on the tiny screen of my iPhone! I would so love to see your work in person. Some day!

  25. You created a beautiful painting, dear Elena! I am impressed very much and also fascinated me, the girl with the birds! ! Congratulations! Can wait to see your next paintings!
    It is very beautiful snow on wordpress. And my country snowing quiet, of few days, everything is covered with snow, even if it is cold outside is very nice.
    Have a wonderful day dear Elena! Big hugs, Stefania! 🙂

  26. There is cozy feeling in this dark atmosphere,escape from time and space…excellent work 🙂

  27. Lovely, lovely–also works as a Christmas card, more WP snow. And I think? I see minute dots across my screen–either your addition, or I’m really in for it today.

  28. Oh goodness, this is so gorgeous, Elena. I don’t find this gloomy myself. I seems to me she is conjuring the beautiful weightlessness of birds.
    I’d love to hang this one on my wall… : )

  29. Nice the effects you obtain of the vapor. The image is there but very subtle. The birds around complement very well and are resolved so nicely!

  30. A slightly disturbing but powerful image – love it.


  31. Elena, It is some challenge but you doing great it is very interesting. I did some painting like the masters work and it was very interesting as it all based on glazing and give you similar effect, read about it I am sure it will help. Not that you need much help… Powerfull series.

  32. Oh dear Elena, I loved it, and you know snowing on wordpress blog too… These snowflakes are amazing with your painting… I loved the birds so much. You did great again. Thank you, love, nia

  33. I love the moodiness of this, Elena! Oil paintings do seem impossible to photograph.

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