Thank you! I would think that she would find this world both magical and terrifying. She would probably marvel at our mastery over nature, but be appalled at what we have done to the planet at the same time. We would find her world primitive and bewildering. Still, she might make friends here and miss them if she ever returns to her won world.
This work of yours, is very special, not only because of the beauty of it, or the perfection of the movement (in which the viewer can almost feel the wind and smell both worlds), it's the story it tells. I stared to the door and the character, trying to figure out why she was leaving, and then I saw the castle back there, in flames, and when I saw that castle, I could almost write a book about what was happening to her. This painting touches me in a very particular way.
Thank you! When I was working on the painting I came up with a story to go with it. The story helped the painting to evolve and I could say that the painting helped the story to evolve at the same time. Several of my paintings have background stories like this, but I generally do not share them unless asked to do so...I have noticed that sometimes people will begin to invent stories on their own when they look at a painting and I would much rather let them do this than force them to accept my own tale. We humans seem to be natural story-tellers, and I rather like the idea of encouraging this talent.
When I got the DD for this one, I put up a short version of the background story for this in my Journal entry .fav.me/d6n7bmd, which I took down before you could read it. You could also read an allegory into this painting: it could be about having to come to grips with reality; having to abandon the magical world of childhood for the noise and stink of our modern world.
Anyway, I am glad the painting triggered a bit of creativity in you. I hope you can pass the spark along someday.
It probably took a month or two. with oils, you have to let each layer dry before you can add on to it...I usually have three or four painting going at the same time so I can work on one while another dries.
Well, if you look just past the doorway to the right you will see a burning castle...I'd say she HAS to go. But maybe not...a medieval girl might find our world way more frightening than a burning castle. Maybe it was caused by a careless scullery maid and a few weeks of toil by the peasants will have set things right.
I tried writing once and discovered that I have no talent for it at all. So I just decided to settle for doing the illustrations and letting the viewers write their own stories. Still, Thank You for your vote of confidence!
Almost always it's the reverse, you're in a busy, hectic city looking through a doorway to another universe, some tranquil place far away from the daily rush of a full blown city. Now we're on the other side looking in.. What is this strange place? It's scary and new but all too intriguing and curious at the same time. I feel it evokes more emotions than the former.
Thank you! I have always had a thing about seeing our civilization from a kind of alien viewpoint...like a thousand year from now, exploring the ruins of old New York or, as in this case, seeing it from a whole different time line. It also means the painting can be an allegory for leaving childhood and coming to grips with the real world.