bwakey copy

12″x12″ oil on canvas

I’ve been weighing thicker and looser oil painting technique against thinner and more exacting.  The former seems to push my color intensity to match the density of the paint. Despite the thick paint, I’ve glazed in places, joining a technique I’ve used only with thin layers, with a near impasto. A wake-up for my senses, or at least a new passage and practice.


Comments on: "Waking" (86)

  1. poppytump said:

    Really lovely Elena . Such intense light and detail .

  2. The paintings here are wonderful. Some are photo-realistic but convey much more than a photograph. Talent.

  3. At first blush I imagined she was crying. Lovely!

  4. This is a lovely painting. You captured sleepiness well, and I’m very impressed with the wonderful details in the hair. 😀

  5. Brilliant artwork!

  6. settleandchase said:

    Adding my agreement to all below – this is so rich and intense – wish I could see the colours in real life.. Brilliantly captured, keep going! 🙂

  7. Gorgeous light in this piece, Elena. Hope things are going well.

  8. This teen looks like she wants to crawl back under the covers. Lovely attention to capturing emotion around the eyes!

  9. An absolutely expressive and gorgeous painting. I recognize that morning light that pokes you in the eye upon waking…
    Your experimentation and material play looks fantastic – I’d love to see it in person!

  10. What a pleasure to experiment and renew oneself. Apparently even the masters like to do so! I’m impressed. Even though I have to admit I hardly know what it’s like to wake up, myself, since I only ever do that verrrrry slowly and reluctantly. 😉 Another lovely piece! 😀

    • 🙂 I feel for teens getting up really early for another jam packed day when their body clocks really do need the sleep. Thanks ever so much, Kathryn!

  11. Absolutely super dooper Elena!

  12. You are amazing, Elena. You always find a way to inject intrigue into everyday expressions. 🙂

  13. Really strong this one!

  14. This is exquisite Elena. You’ve captured so much detail in such a free style. Look at the slightly swollen lips we have upon waking and the finger under the eyelashes. You are an inspiration to me….

  15. orijinalchris said:

    Gorgeous (:

  16. Wow!! FAbulous Elena! 🙂

  17. Really nice! This is the style of painting I prefer 🙂

  18. A lovely picture😉

  19. I like all of your paints. Thinner is better? What is important is the paint, I think .-)

  20. At the risk of sounding repetitive … STUNNING! You have such a talent for capturing emotion and character. Brilliant 🙂

  21. Beautiful – there is so much work in this painting, but it has the sense of a fleeting moment in time caught forever.

  22. Hooray for new techniques! The looser style, especially on the hand, is so dynamic. I love the greens in there. And those dark lips, wow!

  23. Your talent is amazing 🙂 And this along with your other portraits makes me now seriously consider trying to paint with oils. It would be a first, but I’m up for trying something new with my art too. Have a great weekend, Elena.

  24. Love how you are always trying new things…such inspiration you are!! Love the lighting on her hand…another one of your amazing portraits! I so enjoy your creations!

  25. marvellous! full of emotion

  26. I really like the density of the paintwork – it seems to add emotional depth. Wonderful painting.

  27. Elena I invariably enjoy your portraits, you are a fine portrait painter, but it is just not possible to experience the subtlieties of textures you describe without being in the presence of the actual painting.

  28. It is bluffing! I ❤

  29. Your work is so good. I love the colors, textures, light and emotion in each painting.

  30. you haven’t seen me, waking up in the morning! 🙂

    your artistic skills are so good…. capturing emotions so well , always finding good work here
    I enjoy it, Elena!

  31. Your portraits are simply amazing, this size is incredible as a close-up. This series in particular, the ability to bring a relaxed young person and their raw emotions to the canvas to me, speaks to your incredible skill and talent. Love your new technique yes, you have mastered the heavy texture with beautiful rich colors. I love this one Elena ~

  32. Just beautiful. The rich color gives stunning depth and contrast. Very alive. All of which adds to the emotional punch. I admire your bold closeups. Making the image that tight works very well with the style.

  33. Simply wonderful.

  34. Simply wonderful.

  35. or, “Resurrection, Tuesday morning” 🙂

  36. beautiful as usual i not sure what the terms mean but it works amazing

  37. Yeh….your back and with a beautiful piece, feeling a lot of emotions and energy on this one. Bravo!

  38. as always, the layers of light and color leave me breathless and WIDE awake!

  39. A very beautiful painting! Lovely brushwork.

  40. You capture emotions so well. Amazing work!

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