I've painted many heron wings, but this is the first time I've attached them to a human body. Thanks to the internet, I had some inspirational wings to work with.
At this point, seeing the diagonal coming in behind my subject seemed wrong. I also struggled with the dark background. As the force of Egyptian art took over, I decided that a perpendicular line to form my kimono shape really worked much better. But I had to try to use repeating curvilinear lines, only to find that didn't work for me either.
As I let go of worrying about design elements, I just began to enjoy the process of creating this figure and the space around her. The curved lines of the background had to go, as did the first try at a face. The great thing about putting gouache paints (non-transparent watercolors) on this surface, that it is easily removed with a sponge or q-tip.
I had been hankering to use some hieroglyphics in this piece, so I needed to take half a day to carve some symbols on a block of Moo Carve. Of course I do not expect this to have any meaning other than supporting the Egyptian theme. I did, however, learn how to use mirror image on my printing so that the symbols would have the correct orientation when I carved them.
So after allowing myself full reign of pattern making on the dress, and a little repetition of that in the background, I see a painting of ideas. I see beautiful wings, Egypt, Klimpt's art, and a strong woman. What do you see?