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For Your Birthday, Dear Friend

During her second bout with cancer, Terry banished her first-time chemo wig and sported a variety of adorable hats.  Eventually she came to the conclusion that she didn’t care to hide her nearly bald head anymore.  At the gentle urging of her friends in art class, Terry removed her cap and as a great favor to me, allowed me to take photos of her.  Terry’s beautiful face never required the embellishment of hair.  While we talked, she graciously posed for my camera.  Her eyes shone, and her smile widened into her quintessential Terry glow, her features merging with the light around her.

Even in the throes of the devastating illness assaulting her body, Terry’s spirit still managed to radiate warmth and joy.  This phenomenon I think, was an outpouring of her capacity for fathomless love.   Love that she so generously shared with absolutely everyone and every living thing.  And this was almost always evident.  I am in awe of Terry, though until now, it was impossible for me to attempt to describe her extraordinary grace with my clumsy words.

Terry endowed us with a well full of incorporeal beauty.  A smidge lives, as a cinematic-like image of Terry in my mind’s eye.  She appears to be absolutely luminescent.  But the greater portion of her largess is free to anyone who cares to look for it.  You can feel it, in the light.

 

 

Two Views Two

 

Oil on Linen 12″ x 16″           Same model, two views.

Oil on Linen 12″ x 12″

Two Views

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Same model, two views.

10″ x 10″Oil on Linen

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18″ x 18 ” Oil on Linen

A Portrait of Artistic Multimodality

“Julian” Oil on Canvas 30″ x  40″

It’s been quite a while since I’ve dabbled in the world of WordPress.  So, all week long I’ll be posting a backlog of paintings beginning with this one.  It’s a near to life sized portrait of my son, Julian; composer, arranger, singer/songwriter, musician, writer, teacher, and visual artist.  Below are links to a partial catalog of Julian’s work:

Julian’s twelve and counting, independently written, performed, produced albums: Band Camp Julian Cartwright  (album artwork included).

A performance and interview    Julian’s spoken word work on Sound Cloud.

And his visual art.

A shout out to all of my blogger friends.  I look forward to visiting you this week to see what you’ve been up to.

Study

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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!

Portrait of T

 

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Portrait of T. Oil on Linen 20″x 29″

My favorite post of the week.  I’ll be back when I finish several WsIP.  Till then, thanks for your “likes” and comments.  They add fuel to my productive fire:)

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Detail, Portrait of T

Expectations

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Waiting   Oil on Linen 11″x 14″b1lane copy

 

 

The Lane  Oil on Linen 16″ x 20″

Gingers

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Oil on Linen 11″ x 14″

This week I will be posting work realized during my long blogging hiatus.  This is the first of several portraits of red heads.  I love colors found in the skin tones and hair highlights of red heads.

 

D in Dots

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Oil on Linen 24″x 34″

A new portrait.

Sorry, all.  I’ve been spending more time painting, and less time blogging.  I’ve been and will be, following you and enjoying your blogs in bursts.  I’m slow, but I’ll get there:) I’m also posting my nature photography on Instagram, so click the sidebar photo if you’re interested.  As always, I very much appreciate your “likes” and thoughtful comments. Thank you!

Fledglings

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A portrait of M. and  a house sparrow.

Angles

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Oil on linen 24″x 30″

I haven’t posted for quite a while, but I’ve been working on the “Cloaked” series and larger figure paintings.

Though I employ friends and family to pose just as models, these paintings most often turn into portraits, like the one above.

 

Looking For Light

b-copy-1While struggling with the dark “Cloaked” series, I felt compelled to search for a little light.  This is one of two recent pieces expressing that urge to find the light.  Tomorrow, another light seeking painting.

Stretch

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Alla prima 16″x 20″ Oil on Linen

While struggling with the  next set of “Cloaked” paintings,  I felt the need to work with a big brush, my favorite male model and some color!

Flaxen

 

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Portrait of G.          11″x14″ Oil on Linen

 

 

A New Home

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Ribbon Study         Oil on Canvas 16″x20″    A study, for another ribbon themed piece.

  And, a new website.   www.elenacaravela.net  

Young V

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Painting Women Slide Show

A fabulous slide show of the Women Painting Women Fifth Anniversary exhibit at the Principle Gallery, South Carolina, USA.  The show runs from September 5-30th.    I won’t be able to make it to the opening, so it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to view the work of each especially terrific participating artist.  Principle Gallery has also published a gorgeous catalog.  Kudos to each and every artist and also to the gallery, who has been nothing but supportive of the Women Painting Women movement!

Young IV

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Oil on Canvas 11″x14″

Women Painting Women

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12″x 12″ Oil on Canvas

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that my painting, Divide1 will be part of the Women Painting Women show at the Principle Gallery Charleston.  I’ve had a look at some of the excellent work in the show, created by some wildly talented women artists, and I’m honored to be a part of this inspiring exhibition! Have a look:

‪#‎PaintLikeAGirl‬ ‪#‎WomenPaintingWomen‬ ‪#‎PrincipleCharleston‬

Young III

 

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The “Young Series”                                                                         Oil on Canvas 12″x12″

Girls In Sight

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I’m pleased to invite you all to the opening of my show.  It’s called “Girls In Sight”.  If the images above look familiar it’s because the paintings that will be on exhibit are the very illustrations/portraits of the young women in my book “Portrait of a Girl and Her Art”.  They are oil,  mixed media, 30″x 40″ and incorporate a collage of the subject’s work in the back round of each painting.

If any of you live close enough to attend to opening, I’d be thrilled to meet you!

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