11″x14″ Charcoal, Oil on Canvas I rarely focus on line when I paint. Instead, I most often concentrate on seeing and representing values in their various shapes and hues. But, I’m forever looking for ways to change up my point of view. This painting is a result of one of those change-ups.
Acrylic and oil on canvas 18″x24″ For this piece, I followed the same procedure as “Active Resolve” . I’m finding it a satisfying process, at least for the moment;)
A welcome surprise, “Betsy” won Honorable Mention in The Human Figure competition at Exhibeo Art Competition Magazine. In addition, Jonathan Raddatz, from Exhibeo has written a lovely review of my “Young Series”, in which “Betsey” is a part. You can find the review here. Thank you, Jonathan and thank you, Exhibeo!
An alla prima oil 11″x14″
Oil on 17.5″ wood panel While shopping at Home Depot, I spotted a wooden disk that I had to have. While it’s ridiculously heavy and I have no idea what it was created for, it served as a terrific surface for this painting. I think I’ll pick up another panel next time I’m at the Depot.
*Many of you will remember my husband’s tradition of saving the stump of our family’s Christmas tree every year, and carving it into the form of a creature. Each creature represents a sustaining memory of something significant to us in that year. When he has completed the carving, he cleverly inserts a penny with the […]
Acrylic, Oil, Graphite on Canvas 18″x24″ My handsome model’s presence and a challenge from my son, inspired a painting whose kinetic energy moves directly forward, from movement to quiet […]
Portrait of G. 11″x14″ Oil on Linen
Oil on Canvas 8″x10″ Another gestural oil, painted over a piece that didn’t work. Some surprising textures arise from the sacrificed piece.
A tribute to a sweet little wild bunny. When she was quite small, she managed not only to survive four curious cats, a trip through the kitty door (which seriously scraped the fur and skin off her back), a harrowing escape through the living room, then out the front door. Weeks later, she took up residence in our front […]
Oil on Canvas 9″x12″ Borrowing from my watercolor practice, a small gestural oil.
“Shadow portrait” Oil on Canvas 16″x20″ Hands are so very unique to the individual and so expressive, that they can rival portraits of facial features This painting happened pretty quickly. I found painting it as satisfying as painting any other sort of portrait. The masking tape was fun to paint as well;)
Oil, cold wax on canvas 32″x48″ Newest in the “Blood and Vapor” Series:Who lingers within you? Have you ever felt an ancestral presence? The inescapable tie of family:hundreds of individuals, yesterday and today, here and gone. A powerful resonance or inconspicuous vapor? All of us; humbled and glorious, simply human.
Portrait of R 12″x12″ Oil on Canvas For those of you working in traditional oil paint and solvents, this experiment might be of interest to you. For this painting I used the least toxic solvent and medium I know of: Weber’s Turpenoid Natural and Liquiglaze Natural. They work! The upside is […]
Ribbon Study Oil on Canvas 16″x20″ A study, for another ribbon themed piece. And, a new website. http://www.elenacaravela.net
11″x14″ Oil on canvas I’ve been fussing with this painting for weeks. Lots of thin layers, lots of glazing. I’m still not quite sure if it’s done. Time will tell me…
12″x12″ oil on canvas I’ve been weighing thicker and looser oil painting technique against thinner and more exacting. The former seems to push my color intensity to match the density of the paint. Despite the thick paint, I’ve glazed in places, joining a technique I’ve used only with thin layers, with a near impasto. A wake-up […]
A quick self portrait. It’s not particularly flattering but it is indeed, me.
This one is more tightly wound than I would like. I was so enchanted with the light on the hair and face, that I got carried away. I should have gone alla prima with this. Instead I blocked it in (thinly under painted hues and values), and kept refining to achieve more detail, in order […]
I’ve been oil painting almost exclusively lately, weighing different techniques against one another. I tend to paint tight more detailed work only when it feels right to me, depending on what I’m trying to achieve. But, I must say that working alla prima-direct to surface, wet into wet in one session, like the painting above, […]