No artist I know ever stops observing, never stops studying.  I’ve been away from this blog for a while, but I’ve been constantly working, studying.  The dissatisfaction with at least one element in every finished piece always drives the next piece.  Above are a few studies I’ve been working on, trying to “fix” something that didn’t gel in a previous effort.

Edges are a constant concern.  Softening, firming or losing them in a back round.  It’s something I’m always pondering.  Transitioning of values from one passage to another, is another thing I’m constantly thinking about. Dramatic lighting changes up the way I think about edges and transitions. And color often runs away with my intentions.

I’ll be posting more soon.  These will be finished works that will no doubt drive the next bunch of studies:)

One piece that I was pretty happy with (“Tommy”) when I finished it, was awarded sixth place in the Portrait Society of America’s  Members show in the Non-Commissioned category.   I’m thrilled, humbled and very excited! Click on the “Portrait Society” link and enjoy all of the excellent work!

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. Beautiful as always, and congrats. The quality of your work shows you’ve been studying/observing for a long time – I’m sure you can’t be awake without doing that (same with writing). Good to see your art again (I disappear from my blog for long stretches too).

  2. As usual, I am catching up! I love your portraits! They are so alive and expressive. Congratulations on your success, well deserved recognition. XX

    1. No, I’m still hanging in. Just otherwise engaged. So lovely to have you visit. You know, even though I’m not actively posting or visiting blogs, I think of all my blogger friends often. Thank you, Anita!

      1. Aww..I did visit your blog too..and ahem…I saw that you weren’t I ahem..had to re-follow you. However, I DO understand about being busy out of blog world and such 🙂 Hope to see more of your lovely paintings, Elena 🙂

  3. Congratulations Elena! Great way to end the year with all your hard work. I think I remember gushing quite a lot over that one when you posted it, it’s a fabulous painting..

  4. Congratulations, Elena… and no worries! I’ve pre-prepared the next part as I’m a little behind myself! 😉
    My visiting, replying, commenting and the like have fallen a little by the wayside of late, for which I apologise, but wanted to call by today and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  5. Awesome and very beautiful Elena! Thrilled for you too with the success of your * Tommy portrait , you’re so modest … an achievement to have a real *hurrah* about . Congratulations 🙂

  6. Pure fabulousness all through!!! Great attitude, approach, and as always, gorgeous work that results from your constant, intelligent, and passionate work. I continue to stand in awe of you.

  7. It’s good to see you back Elena and to renew acquaintance s with your portraits. Many congratulations on your award for Tommy. I’m delighted for you but not surprised by your success. Tommy is a fine portrait at many levels and you fully deserve the recognition.

  8. Inspiring post! Congrats on “Tommy”, it’s a brilliant painting. I like what you say about growing all the time, even when you’re not blogging or active online. Lots of work is being done behind the scenes, and that comes through when you do decide to post, which is always a treat.

  9. Really like the 3rd from top one, sends my mind off writing stories about the model/protagonist, could easily be a book cover (:

  10. I love your work Elena and many congratulations on the Portrait Society of America’s showing your work….I love that piece especially. I often ponder on softening the edges of life, much like you do with your creations…here’s some softening hugs for you. ❤ xXx

  11. Just sold a copy of Andrew Wyeth: The Helga Pictures….so much study, so much attention to detail. According to Mrs. Wyeth, it’s all about Love. I can tell you work in love, too! Carry on… 🙂

      1. OMGosh! Just been to your blog and so many congratulations are in order-your marriage, your writing and new blog! I had trouble leaving a comment on your blog, but hope you see this. My very best!

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