Tuesday, 27 December 2011

study of dreams 2/xi 9" x 12.5"

oils on canvas
If you would like to purchase this painting, please send your bid rahinaqh@gmail.com

there is a sadness about this face and i was intrigued how it became visible in different muscles on the face.


  1. Hi Rahina, beautiful portrait, you have capture the sad expression in his eyes, they catch the attention of the viewer. I see a lot of work in other areas of the face. I am wondering how you managed to make the eyes the most dominant feature in the painting. Very impressive work.

  2. thank you Caroline for your thoughts on this painting. while painting, there is a constant fine balance between the analytical and the emotional for me. the emotional informs the analytical part of my brain to work out how to say this in paint. In this case, the eyes are simple quick smudges of paint (by that i mean the moment of application.... the colour choice etc took a few hours); I applied other colours constantly feeling the expression, moving back and forth from light to dark til i feel it was the right depth... i'm not ashamed to say that i had tears in my eyes too! However, the eyes alone could not carry the pain and this became apparent as I worked the painting: it was beneath the skin, in the flow of blood and twitch of muscles, i think. I don't know if this makes sense... maybe one day we can paint together and you can watch the mess i make while i paint;)

  3. dI see the sadness you wanted to portray. Accomplished very nicely

  4. Hi Rahina,
    This is a wonderful painting, though all of your work warrants this label. I enjoyed being able to enlarge the photo and have a good look at your brushwork.
    It appears you use very little paint. Is that correct? I could swear I saw the weave of the canvas through what appears to me to be thin paint layers.
    Such a process suggests you are a very thoughtful painter, carefully considering each stroke before placing it on the canvas. Again, is this actually the case? I apologize for being so probing, but I'd love to learn how you produce such lovely works.
    I hope you have a wild-and-crazy New Year's Eve celebration and that 2012 is your best year yet.

  5. Great piece Rahina - Is he dead? Otherwise I would think he would want it!

  6. Very soulful, Rahina. A beautiful and compelling portrait. Best wishes for 2012 and beyond. Candace.

  7. A beautiful, soulful portrait, Rahina. He resembles the actor Liam Neeson. Your paintings probe beneath the surface somehow--presenting multi-dimensional people who experience the full richness of human experience, including the joys and the sorrows.

  8. thank you Gary K., you are too kind:)

    thank you Gary L. E. i am glad i found the box to uncheck the light box that google thought was a good way to display photos! i used quite thin paint in layers here (medium was winsor and newtons artist medium diluted further with turps. The layers are applied and then more applied on top of those layers at different parts until i get the correct balance. sow aht you saw was true! You asked about the process: i may not have a method as often the subject dictates how i approach a painting and my colour scheme will change accordingly. However, i spend a lot of time watching the painting and looking at the model through eyelashes every now and then before i apply the paint. Sometimes the brush might stay on the canvas for a long time until i feel instinctively where i go next and quite a lot of the time there are enlightening mistakes, my greatest teachers! My aim is to work on luminosity of colours. This takes me a long time to figure out so, i guess i must give some thought to the madness.... as Harry Kent so eloquently put it in his blog comments recently "Millipedes daren't think about how they walk"... this may apply to me but i truly appreciate you asking me about my process as it makes me reflect on it too. thank you. New Year parties? I'll be painting;) Have a good one!

    Bill, i'm glad you like it... yes he is dead... do you want to buy it? ps the price of the painting doubles when my models die;)

    thank you Candace, the chap carries the look well and i think i empathise too much;) all the best in 2012 to you also:)

    Thank you Don, i hope my paintings achieve some of what you say as the painting process is more a mental process than a physical one: i may have all these thoughts as i paint but can i express them in the paint by getting into the emotional state of the sitter? still working on it...

  9. Very nice head! I enjoyed seeing your blog. Happy New Year! -Rick

  10. This one is special! Didn't know the face can be painted with so many brush strokes and colors. Well, I just learned something new.

  11. Didn't know the face could be painted with so many brush strokes and colors. Your brave approach is paying off, and I do believe next portraits will bring even more surprises for us

  12. Miro, I liked both your comments so i published both;) thank you, i'm glad you like this one and thank you for your thoughts on this... always appreciated:)

  13. Magnificently realised eyes! Lips so fleshy, almost soft to the touch were i to reach out. And yet, the painterly higlights remind that this is a painting - i love that!

    Found your reply to Gary fascinating.

    Always such an intimate thing, somehow, to read how another goes about painting, especially their inner struggles as they juggle aspiration, intuition, trial and error, past learning, slick tricks, personal intention, public perception, canvas surface and spiritual depth.

    Youre a true artist, Rahina. Deep respect.

  14. Dear Harry, i was very touched by your comment, perhaps because it is earned recognition and acceptance in a profession i have always felt instinctively drawn to but have never felt worthy of being a part of. .... thank you...


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