Meditation

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.

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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

      1. 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.]

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

    1. 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!

  6. 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.

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