Oil on Canvas 8″x10″
Another gestural oil, painted over a piece that didn’t work. Some surprising textures arise from the sacrificed piece.
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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Oooh, so gentle. Gorgeous! I like how the space around the figure is like a cocoon, protective and soft.
I like that interpretation. Thank you, Karen.
That sense of peace is so evident on his face. Love this Elena!
Many thanks, Uday!
The joy of being able to listen to oneself.
I like the chaotic brushstrokes around the calm meditating figure. A fun contrast! 🙂 Great work!
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.
Thanks so much, Allyson. My favorite thing to do, so I’m extremely invested:)
Great art work! Silent words can be heard just looking at this….
Oh, I love that. Thank you.
I really Love it dear Elena! love the colors that helps to feel this calm mood❤️
Thanks very much, Violet!
Lost to the world … one would hesitate to disturb him .
Beautiful painting Elena .
Thanks so much, Poppy.
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.
Thanks so very much, Anna.
I wish I could do that with a story that didn’t work. Well done.
Wouldn’t that be cool? Thanks Terry:)
so peaceful! I’m meditating just by looking at it! 🙂
I like this… the colors convey a very earthy feeling
Thanks very much.
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.
That’s ok. Thanks, Louis.
Lovely Elena! Beautifully done!
Thank you, Adrian!
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.
A kind of karmic recycling;) Thanks much, Richard.
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.
In this one, it’s more about the subject. Great question. Thanks!
Thank you. [By the way, I will soon be picking some of your artwork for ‘the zen space’ – as you may recall, you gave me permission, for which I am very grateful.]
VEry nice. I’m so impressed with your work.
Thanks ever so much, Carol.
I love the protective shell around him and his meditations.
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.
Hope today is a better day for you. Thanks so much for your comment.
It’s like a palimpsest!He is standing out in relief against the backgound ! Very good idea!
Thank you, Daisy!
interesting energy and aura colors that express you over this piece 🙂
Thanks much, Elisa.
I always love to see your work in my reader… they’re so expressive!
That’s so lovely. Thank you!
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!
I love how you’ve painted around him – closely – to bring in the look of meditation as well…Very nice!
Thanks very much, Robin!
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.
Yes, Jeff! You are quite astute to have noticed. Thanks so very much!
I love how you capture a person’s emotions on canvas….I do it with words and you do it with your beautiful art.
Thank you so much, Donna,