And once again I have difficulty getting the camera to pick up detail in the shadow, if anyone knows how to do that without the lights getting super blowout let me know!
Here is a bit of an explanation of the title (and yes I’ve pulled this from Wikipedia, they summarize it far better than I could)
Saudade is similar but not equal to nostalgia, a word that also exists in Portuguese.
In the book In Portugal of 1912, A. F. G. Bell writes:The famous saudade of the Portuguese is a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness.
The composition is just phenomenal and you are so sensitive to color! Just from hitting the yellow in the forehead, red in cheeks, keeping yellow ochre/blue color in the bottom area of the face, to the cool colors in the hand.
What was your message you had in mind while painting this piece? I found it fascinating how you painted the hand upturned as a gesture of openness or asking something and how this hand is the only part of the painting that is more of a warm color.
All I can say is you are so blessed and this piece is absolutely outstanding!
I had a lot going on in my mind at the time, lot conflicting emotions, and giant heap of restlessness. I wanted to give some kind of form to all those things I couldn't verbalize.
I guess you could say the hands were a kind of representation of the emotional turmoil I was in. Apathetic on the outside, but raging on the inside, before finally settling into a state that "saudade" describes.
Anyway, I hope that answers that for you, I have a hard time putting things in words in a way that is understandable for people other than myself, but I tried!
Rae, thank you for taking the time to share your message behind your piece! I am just so inspired after seeing your work and it gives me hope that one day, I might be able to paint half as good as you do.
Thanks so much!