Friday, 9 September 2011

study of dreams series 2/iv 10" x 14"




oils on canvas

for sale
If you would like to purchase this painting, please send your bid rahinaqh@gmail.com

apologises for posting this and then not posting it again for a few days.... a family crisis took up all my time. though i am still occupied with that, there is nothing better than the smell of linseed oil to repair one's focus;)
this painting has elements of where i am trying to get to....a direction! ok, a window;) the window is small and i had not noticed it before as being a useful light source.
if i were to name this i'd call it 'Velezquez's window' and hope to do more in this series if i don't get distracted by shoes etc.

19 comments:

  1. Rahina did you forget to download your latest painting?

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  2. hi Caroline, i put it up then took it off to do some readjustments! now due to a family crisis i haven't been able to work on it. hopefully soon...

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  3. Nice! I missed it on the first posting.
    I like the warm tones here and the upward glance.
    Hope your family crisis works out.

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  4. lovely painting! i love the warmth of the palette! i hope the family crisis has resolved itself and all is well.

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  5. thanks David, the colours here are not as close to the original as i would have liked them to be due to the lighting i think. as for the crisis, it is being resolved though it does mean i can't spend as much time at the easel as i would like.

    thanks Suzanne, i'm glad you like it:)

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  6. Hi Rahina, could this be a wee portrait of you perhaps. I remember reading many years ago that the artist Turner as a baby in his cradle loved to have the light stream in from the window so the sunshine would fall on his face. Maybe it was a romantic writer who wrote that yet I always remember reading that and it seemed important to be aware of how early in life Turner was fascinated by 'light'. Here we see you or a woman who looks a little similar to you illuminated with very warm light streaming in from a window which you mention is a small window. Light does feature in your work quite a bit even those portaits where the sitter was sometimes dwelling in the shadows there was some soft light. The bright colours of the drummer to me meant this was a story about the bright and colourful light. I like the 'story' element in your work it has me wondering what is happening within the canvas. A very small painting yet it says a lot.

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  7. Hi Caroline... how to respond to this... i must admit that since i was a child i have been mesmerised by light and sparkly objects, crystals easily put me in a trance;) and my favourite thing is to close my eyes and move through a tunnel to an intense light in the distance; also for as long as i can remember, i have been drawing faces, eyes especially. my favourite artists play with light to create immense atmosphere eg Velezquez, Hopper, Rembrandt to name a few. in oil painting i crave to create the translucency of skin combined with the softness and the way it cloaks the bone structure. as for the story, there is always a story behind each painting and perhaps in this case, the window represents an exit with the subject always looking out.. but unable to step out....

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  8. Rahina,
    This is a great painting, to be sure. Great title, too. Sign me up to see more!
    Sincerely,
    Gary.

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  9. thanks Gary.. this has been retouched several times to try and get the balance of colours on the skin. working on another one at the moment... once i've finished cutting the grass;)

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  10. Well worth waiting for. You did a superb job on it.

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  11. thanks Gary, i got your comment after some hard graft in the garden... it's looking all pretty now.
    this comment from you must be my reward;)

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  12. This has a wonderful glow about it and her thoughtful pose draws me in. Lovely Rahina

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  13. Beautiful, Rahina! I LOVE the warm light in this. I agree that it looks like you (what I know of you from your blog photo). Your work keeps getting more and more lovely, and that story element really draws us into your paintings. Last night I was gazing at the painting we bought from you ... thinking how I never get tired of looking at it! Hope you and your family are coming through the crisis you mentioned. Praying for you ...

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  14. thank you Mary, i'm glad it appeals to you... the next one i tried to pull off went pear-shaped... never mind more canvas for practicing on;)

    thank you Karen... you don't know how much your comment means to me... and thank you for your prayers, they seem to have helped:)

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  15. Hi Rahina,

    This is beautiful. I have looked at it many times and not known what to leave as a comment. There is a story here. I am drawn to your intense upward gaze, the warm light, the glowing skin on the apple of your cheek and the strong shadowed plane beside. This painting raises questions and I don't want to stop looking at it because I feel like I am close to finding the answers.

    Time has passed since you posted this, so I am late in saying that I hope all is well with your family and the crisis was managed.

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  16. hi Nicki, good to hear from you again and thank you for your thoughts on this painting and your kind wishes. when you find the answers, it would be great to hear them from the perspective of another artist and viewer...

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  17. Rahina, this is very beautiful. I love the light casting down on her. The reflected light under her chin line is spot on. I've read how you want to portray an exit, but one which she cannot cross. The expression on her face says this. A sort of longing yet a sense of entrapment. I think you're on to something here...

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  18. i don't tent to think to much rahina...or look for deeper meanings...but i know this just so beautiful!!!
    and i'm so pleased for you!

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  19. Susan, thank you for taking the time to give me your thoughts on this painting... i especially love that you picked up on the reflected light under the chin, something that i have worked on often to try and achieve. much appreciated:)

    hi rob, how good to hear from you and your brief thinking... you remind me to remain present which is always a good reminder... and i am delighted you like this painting... thank you.

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