Surfacing

It’s been a long while, but I haven’t forgotten you!  I’m frankly more active now on Instagram due to the ease of use and few or no works expected, so posting is a snap. Join me there if you like to view images.  @elenacaravela, (paintings) @elena.pics (wildlife photos), and @caravelaelena (digital paintings). WordPress is the […]

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 […]

Alla Prima Process

Alla prima paintings are completed in one sitting.  When I paint a portrait this way, I draw with my brush, minding the spacial relationships between features.  Next, I lay in the darks using full color, to support the forms of the face.  The midtones, the lights and their transitions blend into the previous wet passages […]

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 […]

Study

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 […]

Portrait of T

  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:)   Detail, Portrait of T

D in Dots

  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 […]

A Passive Upbraiding

  Oil on Linen with Gold Leaf 16″ x 20″ Beginning 1 & 2 Hair: meaningful in so many traditions and cultures.  The way that we wear it may be a statement, a passive rebellion, an identifier, an obsession, a tabu or even a code.  It’s a point of pride and a worry, and it’s oh […]

The Haunting

  One of several paintings haunting me.  I’m holding myself to higher standards lately, hanging onto nearly finished pieces, putting them aside for weeks, seeing them anew and correcting.  Only after many improvements, am I letting them go. There are a couple more waiting to be released…soon…maybe..;)

Precarious Cloaks

  Oil on Linen 11″ x 14″ Oil on Canvas 8″ x 10″ Oil on Linen 6″ x 8″ Oil on Canvas 12″ x 12″ New additions to  the “Cloaked” series. Lots to say, this post… These paintings are intriguing and confounding me.  Many attempts live under layers of grounding gray, waiting for a new […]

Angles

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

While 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.