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A new series.  I’m not sure how many pieces I want to make or how far I want to take it, but this series is pretty straight forward.  It’s about being very young-on the brink of adulthood. It’s not about nostalgia, but instead an unflinching look at the close to the surface intensity of older teens and very early twenty somethings. I’m only painting cropped heads, and facial features, asserting the unfiltered expressions of these hauntingly beautifully fresh faces.

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. I have been looking over your portraits – the ones have seen, while checking for posts I have missed. What strikes and impresses me is how the emotional intensity of the portraits captures me each time I view them. So full of life & inner thought, there is always something fresh & powerful when you come upon them again. 🙂

  2. Oh Elena, on the cusp of gaining awareness, so beautifully captured by your brush… ❤

  3. So much in this Elena..there’s something very tender in the gold parts of the hair, like childhood fading almost, it’s very touching. Absolutely that essence of still being held but also setting foot into adult life..the weight and energy of it.

  4. Another great series full of life and atmosphere, looking forward to see them all as always. Inspiring! I painted proper portrait with an artist I like over 9 hours recently It was great experience and I’ll upload it soon. It is rewarding and taught me alot about painting that can help in many other fields it is amazing. Love your porraits with full carachter x

  5. I have no interest in images of males, as you know… but this is beautiful (:

  6. A compelling look there in this portrait Elena !
    Like everyone else I’m looking forward to more of another of your fascinating series .

    1. Thanks so much Millie. There’s something about older teens and young adults that is inherently beautiful. You certainly are. Even though I’m muuuuch older, the feeling of that time is very fresh in my heart and mind.

  7. Gorgeaus! Having a son of 15 myself, I can totally see what´s so fascinating about that age: you still see the child, but in the same time the man he is perhaps going to be. You caught that very well.
    May I ask if you use oil paint?

    1. Sure, I take on commissions. The tough part is the photo shoot. I like to shoot the reference myself and geographical constraints are often an obstacle. Thanks for asking and thank you for your lovely comment.

  8. This is going to be a fantastic series Elena. This first up painting (son maybe?) illustrates exactly what you described as your goal – beautiful painting shows the awkward period of stepping into adulthood. Love it and looking forward to more of the fresh faces!

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