Description This piece was inspired by an antique postcard I found at a yard sale. I used a friend for the model of the woman and was much intrigued by the effect of the sun on the crisp folds of the sleeves and headdress. I wanted to be succinct in making every stroke of the pastel count and in using the background color of the paper as part of the design.
Ellen Dreibelbis, Oakland, CA. Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement It is the inner world that inspires me, the archetypal, the psychological, the contemplative, the spiritual. My work is timeless rather than trendy, beautiful things wrested sometimes painfully, from the depths of my experience as a human being and an artist.
I’m very attracted to strong inner emotion. I love to watch people on the street, in cafes, or subways. Sometimes, as I’m watching, a face will become aflame with an intense personal feeling, in response to some inner thought, illuminating the anonymous environment like a beacon. I love the contrast between the unique, complex human being, and the drab, functional environment.
I’m always on the lookout for a face, and expression, or a gesture which reaches beyond the mundane and somehow seems to embody some universal human experience or truth, in all its poignance and beauty. It is when I can evoke this kind of experience in my painting, that I feel closest to being satisfied as an artist.