Here are two new paintings! The first is "Whispering Winds", a painting I finished last week but ended up adjusting a few times before I released her yesterday.
Oracle of Pompeii" is a digital painting, inspired by the book "Last
Days of Pompeii" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1834). I have had an
1850-something leather-bound edition of this book waiting for me for
years, but it's a monster of a book and I never have much time to read.
Luckily through LibriVox I was able to get a free audiobook version of
it, and I've been listening to it lately while I work.
I thought it made good background noise for this painting, in
particular, and it influenced the direction this painting went.
Originally this was going to be autumnal, but I decided to make it more
of a late-summer painting and to include erupting Vesuvius in the
background. Originally her robes were all white, but that was not the
fashion in Pompeii at the time, so I trimmed them in Tyrian Purple to
reflect the fashion of the time. The robes are fantasized quite a bit
and probably are not historically accurate in the least. The
architecture is also inaccurate, but it was a fun challenge.
Now I'm off to finish "Latet Anguis in Herba", another painting actually inspired by Last Days of Pompeii, but radically different from The Oracle. If it all goes to plan, I will also start "The Lost Library" and hopefully get it near completion as well. Busy busy!