Shadow Portrait

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“Shadow portrait” Oil on Canvas 16″x20″

Hands are so very unique to the individual and so expressive, that they can rival portraits of facial features  This painting happened pretty quickly.  I found  painting it as satisfying as painting any other sort of portrait. The masking tape was fun to paint as well;)


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. Hands are so hard for most artists, so if you did this quickly, you are really good at them! You managed to convey a lot of personality through this hand. It’s sort of scary—but neat!

  2. Amazing detail. I could never draw hands (or anything else, really). But something about hands separated the good from the bad – I was the latter… 🙂 Beautifully done.

  3. Oh, dear, I thought I’d already left a comment.
    Anyway, Elena, it’s a terrific image. I’ve been photographing my own hand(s) lately. Hands fascinate me; I always notice people’s hands.
    If this is your hand, may I share it on “strata of the self” please?

    1. Hi Ashley! Thank you! I love to look at people’s hands as well. Sorry, this is my son’s hand. But, I’ll probably be painting my own in the near future. Looking forward to your images of YOUR hands!

  4. Two of the greatest challenges for one who paints or draws? Hands and horses!
    (See Pisanello for the latter)

  5. Love it! I always had my students draw hands before trying faces because it was equally complex but less intimidating…. This piece has oodles of stories in it!!!

  6. It’s true, they quietly tell our story..I like how the shape to the top left seems to be defiantly cheering somehow..!

  7. Human beings have started to think with their hands before with their brains…Elena this is a stunning artwork,very expertly done.I’m looking at over and over again…:)

  8. So sensitively executed Elena … and playful – as some one else has already remarked – I’m looking at this half expecting a thumb waggle 🙂

  9. Ah Elena, you commented on one of my drawings about “character lines” – yours in this hand portrait are fascinating and fabulous. Love the skin tones and wonderful definition, and the shadow brings a very interesting character to the table.

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