bstars copy


I’m having loads of fun with these old photo inspired paintings.  They provide an emotional connection and a place to begin.  I’m allowing myself the freedom to take great liberties with the faces and figures.  Unlike  portraiture, I m borrowing only what I’m interested in exploring and filling in the rest anyway I like.  It’s a bit like genetics and traditions. Genetics because of the chance factors in unplanned watercolor and traditions because we can choose to uphold them,modify them or create our own.

For the purpose of continuity, I’ll be referring to this improvisational series of sketches as the “Descent”series”.  I’ll post them intermittently and in no particular order, certainly not in descending order.  I’ll be jumping back and forth through time.

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. Still a very nice sketch, dear Elena. Impressed me the inspiration and process the careil use!
    Thank you for sharing! Big hugs, Stefania! 🙂

    1. It does. Each image that I “riff” on is selected because it pulls something different from me just by looking at it. Thanks so much for your lovely support:)

  2. I just find it so inspiring that a person with all your talents can still find new challenges. So many great ideas rolled into one. 😀

  3. Ah …I love how you describe your approach to your new series Elena ..
    How can such lovely bold colourful brush strokes be so *delicate at the same time …..
    Gorgeous .

  4. Love this approach! Can’t wait for more of the series. Will you ever show the photograph that inspired the painting? Would love to see how it all started!

  5. Like the time machine only through your brush! I like this painting, reminds me of photographs of my grandmother whom I never met.

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