Active Resolve

bAndrew copy                                                     Acrylic, Oil, Graphite on Canvas  18″x24″

My handsome model’s presence and a challenge from my son, inspired a painting whose kinetic energy moves directly forward,  from movement to quiet resolution.  Articulating that movement required an  approach that differed from my usual.

I began with an energetic acrylic abstract painting.   Over top of the acrylic, I drew my subject with willow charcoal. To prevent the painting from becoming too muddy, I sprayed the drawing down with “SpectraFix” (a much healthier fixative to work with than the alternatives).  I proceeded with a very quick and incomplete grisaille underpainting of the figure, and then began painting in oil with color.  Over top, I played with oil sticks and pencil.

I’ve got to tell you that I really enjoyed the spontaneity of this process.  I found the energy to be contagious.  More paintings are in the works, experimenting with the same procedure.


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. in making marks with paint, i’ve tried all kinds of interesting things. i think experiementation is so much fun and a fabulous teacher. i loved this painting, he’s beautiful, and thank you for explaining your process in getting here. it is much appreciated to learn of how you create your wonderful pieces. xo

  2. Very cool technique Elena – beautiful work. Your brushes strokes fill the canvas with great energy, the painting does have the feel of spontaneity and yet, your expertly captured the subject. Love the colors and final piece.

  3. A really interesting process you have used for this amazing painting. There is indeed something spontaneous and free about how you captured the young man. I wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas holiday.

  4. You always do amazing works!!!Your model is really very handsome by the way:) In this picture I see the colours flowing from your hands,depicting the intuitive abilities,powerful mentality,also balance and the harmony of the person…representing how soothing personality he has…Such an excellent artwork! 🙂

  5. I don’t even begin to understand all the techniques you explain…but I do know that I love the thoughts of having acrylic abstract as the base! Love this and can’t wait to see more!

  6. Elena geat painting and no doubt I’ll have to have a go at the technique. Thanks for a superb year enjoying your work and the pleasure of your company. Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year x

    1. Oh, do play with the technique. I think you might really enjoy it. Thank YOU, Doron for your support and enthusiasm. And, for the joy of visiting your blog and work. Happy Holidays to you and yours!:)

  7. Your opening paragraph describes better than I could say exactly what I feel about this painting. There is a freedom and spontaneity,;a use of freer, longer brush strokes (perhaps facilitated by the slightly larger canvas than you sometimes use for your portraits); and an interesting choice of palette. I like this a lot!

  8. I applaud you Elena maybe like your subject there too 😉
    Wonderful freedom and expression .

    1. This model really does resemble my son, but I can’t claim him;) I’m pleased that you found the contrasts and emotions effective. I really do appreciate your input. Thank you, Richard!

  9. Very very beautiful and rich in detail. It must be your layers of material that create the texture and the depth and gives you such saturated color. I love this young man’s hands above all, but coupled with his thoughtful look, you can almost read into his mind. This young man is resolved to do something for sure. Exquisite Elena. May you have a blessed holiday with all you love. Susie

  10. WOW, so many discplines and techniques in one painting Elena and I love the feel of the finished piece….your enjoyment shines through. Hugs x

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