The 2 feet by 3 feet size of this monster is strange after spending so much time on my 2 inch by 3 inch minis! And it took much longer to finish. I tend to paint sporadically, going gung-ho for a few days, then taking several days or a couple weeks off before coming back. I started this piece in November and then it sat lonely and half complete through the entire holiday season.
I had planned to paint from life but had to rely heavily on my photo reference because . . . well, it's hard to paint in the dark. I wanted the piece to have a heavy light source in a dark environment. (There's probably a way to do this and maybe someday I'll figure it out.)
The inspiration for this piece was the masks. The black and white one on the left belongs to my son, who picked it up as a souvenir in Italy. The red one is from a mask-shopping-spree I went on around Halloween a couple of years ago. The rest of the objects are there because they are just so pretty! I'm not one to go for deep meaning in my artwork. I just like things that sparkle. :)
This is what it looked like after the first day I worked on it.