Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″ Alla Prima
More backlight practice.
oil painting, painting
Values in Backlight
Wow! I have truly never seen a blog like this one before, but I thoroughly enjoyed it due to its different type of approach. I found the backlighting in your pictures to be perfect for representing the emotion of the picture. You definitely have a gift when coming to painting portraits. Your use a light and color is what truly makes each picture so beautiful. are any of the people in these paintings somebody that you personally know?
Thanks so much, Melissa! Yes, many of the subjects in these paintings are either based on someone I know, or are actual portraits of people I know.
Oh I like this very much Elena… a little bit of a departure.. the style is so relaxed..
I’m glad it appears relaxed because it was relaxing to paint. Thanks, Helen.
Lovely!! So loose!
I really do enjoy a fast and furious painting state (when it works):)
Wonderful classic style to your work. You always convey emotions, what ever the range/type, in a powerful manner. 🙂
That means a lot. Thank you!:)
Love the contrast in the colors, warm and cold.
Thank you, Jane:)
A wonderful profile. The expression on her face definitely speaks to me.
Thank you, Allyson.
Another elegant backlit beauty. Magic!
Sending a warm thank you on a cold day:)
she seems tense
Perhaps she is-thinking about a problem and what to do about it.
I see whole story arcs in these gorgeous results to your mere practises. (:
Lots of practice, Chris;) Thanks so much.
I love her face. Her concern on her face. You are so prolific. All your work is so wonderful.
Very much appreciated, Carol. Thank you!
Another gorgeous art…The clashes she’s been experiencing are hanging over the painting.This is the way it effects me..You are amazing at making the paintings alive,I feel them so close to my heart. 🙂
A wonderful comment that I keep with me as I paint the next one. Thank you:)
The subtlety of the light playing on your model’s hair is what really makes this one for me Elena – wonderful work.
My favorite part too:) Thank you, Anna.
So glad I found your blog. I love your work! Just beautiful ~Rita
Thanks very much, Rita!
I love these backlight pieces! Lovely work!
Thank so much, Jess!
I love the broad strokes and the juxtaposition of warm/cool hues: great work, Elena!
Thank you very much, Stefano!
Backlight does wonders for profile portraits, as you’ve clearly demonstrated here. I’d love some tips on how you take photos of your paintings. Sometimes I get a smudge of flash that I can certainly do without 🙂
Unfortunately, my backlit photos are hit or miss. And, I miss on a regular basis. I don’t however, use any flash at all. I just try to light (with a full spectrum light), as best I can. Thanks, Millie:)
Wonderful work, Elena!
Many thanks, Anette!
I love these backlit portraits! You have so much talent!
You are very kind, Tiny. Thank you!
Love the glow of background light, and what a beautiful girl.
(All your girls are beautiful!)
You know, my models really are, so far… Thank you, Patti!
So beautiful. You always jump out in the line Elena, instantly know it’s you..
That is really lovely to hear, Cath. Especially because I keep changing up my ways of working. Thank you!
Wonderful practice Elena. Beautiful harmony with the background moving to the foreground, the backlight is working on all sides of her w/perfect balance of values. Great example to study.
How lovely of you to say, Mary. Thank you
This is just lovely Elena! The practice is certainly paying off! 🙂
I’ts becoming more understandable. Thanks much, Adrian:)
the romanticism in subtleties is remarkably evident and wow!
Thanks so much, Arjun!
So amazing. You really have a gift for painting portraits, Elena. 🙂 Wonderful light.
That’s what I love to do:) Thanks so very much, Patsy.
Another gorgeous portrait! I really like the sense of trepidation.
Many thanks, Richard.
Beautifully poised and reflective
Thank you, Derrick.
Thanks very much!
Ah, Elena, beautiful portrait! 🙂 xx
You are so very kind, Marina. Thank you:)
Many thanks, Carol!
The backlighting works very well here, in going with the mood and setting it up for richer, deeper hues. Nice one.
Thanks very much, Jeff.
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