"New Beginnings" -- line art in pen on paper, free-hand digital color in Corel Painter on Intuos 3 tablet.
"New Beginnings" was the prompt/theme given for October 2012 to the member artists of the Enchanted Visions Project. We've been on a summer hiatus since June (May?), and this is the first theme as we resume regular activity. It's perfect to have "New Beginnings" as the first theme since we are getting a brand new web site with lots of new things implemented.
For my piece, I brainstormed a little bit on the theme (It only took me minutes to come up with the idea... for a change!), and decided to do a wedding-related piece since weddings are life's major new beginnings for many of us. I meddle in feng shui as a hobby, and I like putting the celestial creatures of good fortune in my paintings (like my "Dragon Lore"), and since the traditional headdress for the Chinese brides are so ornate and gorgeous, I decided to put a bride and a phoenix together. The phoenix is often seen paired with a dragon in Chinese wedding decor since these celestial beings are used to represent the bride and the groom and all the good luck and fortune they can bring to their marriage. They are as ubiquitous as the red and gold color scheme.
In my interpretation of "New Beginnings", a new bride is receiving the blessings of a celestial phoenix on her wedding day. I had fun with the headdress. I really love the red and gold -- I was in great mood as I painted this piece over 3 days. ^^
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