Hands On


Hands On - Oil Paintings 2014 by Stefan Stenudd.

2014 Oil Paintings by Stefan Stenudd



Suddenly I Paint Again

In the 1970's I made a bundle of oil paintings, some of them posted on this website. Since then, though, I haven't painted much. Some in the 80's, fewer in the 90's, and close to none during this millennium - until now.





       In July 2014 I picked up the brush and got started, inspired by a local Picasso exhibition, and I got at it with a frenzy. More than one painting per day. We will see how long I keep it up, but so far it's a pure joy.

       I experiment with black and white - well, one black and two different whites. I keep it close to drawing, just to see what happens. It's also kind of a warm up. Colors will come, surely.

       I call these paintings Hands On, for obvious reasons. On an impulse, I traced my own hand on the canvas, and one idea was followed by another.

       I've already deviated a bit from this theme, as you can see further down this webpage. The hands remain, but they are not alone.

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Opposed hands. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Opposed hands

Oil on canvas, 2014, 54 x 73 cm.



Diagonal hands. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Diagonal hands

Oil on canvas, 2014, 38 x 55 cm.



Horizontal trace hands. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Horizontal trace hands

Oil on canvas, 2014, 38 x 55 cm.



Cartoon hand. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Cartoon hand

Oil on canvas, 2014, 38 x 55 cm.



Paired hands. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Paired hands

Oil on canvas, 2014, 38 x 55 cm.



Multiple hands. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Multiple hands

Oil on canvas, 2014, 38 x 55 cm.



Heaven-earth hands. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Heaven-earth hands

Oil on canvas, 2014, 38 x 55 cm.




Hands On Bodies

Moving on, I added bodies to the hands. It seemed like a natural step...

       The first painting below is actually how the hands thing started. I made it before the paintings above. That's how I got the idea.

       It's followed by three versions of the same pose - well, almost the same. I tend to work a lot on the charcoal sketch I begin with, but at a certain point it's time for the oil, just to get it done. Then a new canvas to continue to explore the motif some more. The third one felt like some kind of completion.

       The following oil paintings in this series play some more on the hands on bodies theme.

       Like the series above, the below paintings are also done with three colors only: black and two whites (zinc and titanium). I don't feel the need for more colors, just yet.



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Hands and breasts. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Hands and breasts

Oil on canvas, 2014, 38 x 55 cm.



Crossed arms man 1. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Crossed arms man 1

Oil on canvas, 2014, 46 x 61 cm.



Crossed arms man 2. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Crossed arms man 2

Oil on canvas, 2014, 46 x 61 cm.



Crossed arms man 3. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Crossed arms man 3

Oil on canvas, 2014, 46 x 61 cm.



Eleven fingers. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Eleven fingers

Oil on canvas, 2014, 38 x 55 cm.



Three hands on one body. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Three hands on one body

Oil on canvas, 2014, 38 x 55 cm.



Seated man with standing woman. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Seated man with standing woman

Oil on canvas, 2014, 61 x 46 cm.



Seated woman. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Seated woman

Oil on canvas, 2014, 61 x 46 cm.



Woman and reptile-back man. Oil painting by Stefan Stenudd, 2014.

Woman and reptile-back man

Oil on canvas, 2014, 61 x 46 cm.




More 2014 Paintings

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From Charcoal to Oil Color

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