bamoment copy

Oil on Canvas  8″x10″

Another gestural oil, painted over a piece that didn’t work.  Some surprising textures arise from the sacrificed piece.

Comments on: "Meditation" (53)

  1. Oooh, so gentle. Gorgeous! I like how the space around the figure is like a cocoon, protective and soft.

  2. That sense of peace is so evident on his face. Love this Elena!

  3. The joy of being able to listen to oneself.

  4. I like the chaotic brushstrokes around the calm meditating figure. A fun contrast! 🙂 Great work!

  5. The position of the body/hands here I really admire for how difficult drawing anything like it is for me…lol I love that you challenge yourself with different techniques. Your passion for art always clearly and beautyfully shows itself.

  6. Great art work! Silent words can be heard just looking at this….

  7. I really Love it dear Elena! love the colors that helps to feel this calm mood❤️

  8. Lost to the world … one would hesitate to disturb him .
    Beautiful painting Elena .

  9. Another great painting Elena – you capture emotion in such a heartfelt way. The lighting coming from below adds to the sense of him being lost in thought.

  10. I wish I could do that with a story that didn’t work. Well done.

  11. mothcaterpillar said:

    so peaceful! I’m meditating just by looking at it! 🙂

  12. I like this… the colors convey a very earthy feeling

  13. There is a wonderful stillness and serenity about this portrait, enhanced by the choice of palette – but I’m not wholly convinced by the hands.

  14. Lovely Elena! Beautifully done!

  15. I love the symbolism and the gestural brushstrokes – the fact that it’s been rescued from a failed picture gives it a real (visible) edge.

  16. I would be interested to know whether in your work – in general and in particular here – you feel you are expressing something in yourself more than / as much as trying to capture and show something of the subject.

  17. VEry nice. I’m so impressed with your work.

  18. I love the protective shell around him and his meditations.

  19. If this poor guy is expressing his dissatisfaction about the sacrificed piece, really he shouldn’t, it turned out to brilliant success!
    Quip aside, i dont know much about technical terms and details but as a viewer it captured me for long seconds – i can feel the pain, the closed eyes, the expression of the mouth… like looking in the mirror.

  20. It’s like a palimpsest!He is standing out in relief against the backgound ! Very good idea!
    i’ ❤

  21. interesting energy and aura colors that express you over this piece 🙂

  22. I always love to see your work in my reader… they’re so expressive!

  23. Hello Elena, I wrote my reaction to your piece on Google+ thinking it would show up here too. Let me see if I can recall what I said. I was struck immediately by the meditation clearly seen in the man’s hands, in his body, in his spirit. I was hoping you would speak to the darkness in his eyes and the uncertainties around his mouth. As his creator, I would love to know. Is it a pained meditation? I was interested in Jeff’s comment, that the man seemed serene. I see him trapped. It is a stunning piece, with stunning textures and choices of color. I will be haunted by this man’s face today!

    • Yes, I’m lucky enough to have two comments to respond to:) All I can tell you is that Jeff’s comment is very much what I was after. The balance, difficult to hold contrasting with the absorption of meditation. Thank you, Susan!

  24. I love how you’ve painted around him – closely – to bring in the look of meditation as well…Very nice!

  25. Wonderful job capturing the serenity. What really draws me in is the combination of his pose, which is pretty closed, and the crop. It’s interesting because it feels like the way you have framed it emphasizes how he is holding himself. It’s a different kind, but very effective, close crop! Super choices.

  26. I love how you capture a person’s emotions on canvas….I do it with words and you do it with your beautiful art.

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