brestless copy

16″x 20″ Oil on canvas

A more limited palette.  I often lean on color to help me create form and interest. With this painting, I’ve limited color and used it sparingly, paying closer attention to line and shadow.

This painting was my third effort-same subject, and the only one to survive;)

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. It’s lovely. Such a seemingly simple thing, using line to good effect.

    It’s amazing how little information we need visually. to fill in details and make sense of form.

    I look forward to seeing more of your work

  2. I am way behind here (I’ve been away) – the limited palette really works at drawing attention to the face, my eye goes straight to it, and the sense of her worry is pervasive. You have really caught that sense Elena.

  3. Another Excellent work…Her dispirited expression is on the centre of the painting,the somber colours also emphasize the mood and the gloomy atmosphere…shodows and lines are all brilliant,amazingly done 🙂

  4. Truly love this Elena..I’m trying to describe how but’s just magnificent how you’ve captured such a powerful, particularly female energy..oh how I know this feeling in the night..just beautiful.

  5. Very expressive portraits. I really like how it came out, even if the color palette is limited!
    You are very talented and sincerely congratulate you, dear Elena!
    You May Have a very happy and much more successful in everything they do.
    Hugs, Ştefania ❤ 🙂

  6. … vulnerable … I feel a self imposed stillness with a revealing tension around her hand there and the deep shadow …
    Played down emotions . Wonderful Elena .

  7. Well, it’s brilliantly done, of course, straight-down-the-middle Elena Caravela style. But I see a kind of tension, rather than restlessness. Know what I mean?

  8. The position and expression bring out so much emotion in this piece, it is just wonderful. Your paintings really do capture what being human really is / looks like / means, at least in the the way I always perceive them. Such a gift.

  9. I admire your experiments, they come together in front of us Elena. This was totally successful especially with the shadows and soft edges.

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