This started out with a very different vibe. I had in mind a faint memory from my childhood, of some sort of fancy lobby with green marble walls and brass trim. Maybe it was a bank lobby, or a Federal building, or the bathroom in a hotel. I don't remember. I briefly scoured the internet (heh) for a photo to express this memory, but the best I could find was this:
On the other hand, isn't it gloriously tacky?
So that was the starting point in this painting: marvelously bad taste. (Unless you really covet this lighter. In that case, my hat is off to you for never doubting yourself.)
So that's how this one started, but it was very difficult to finish. I tried letters in many colors: yellow, bronze, brown, even black. They just didn't work with the background. I even went back into it and worked on it after I took it out of the watercolor pad. In the end, I finally got the right color. Then I had to weigh it down again to dry flat.
(Check out the studies in the background, where I was testing out agate patterns.)
The mossy green letters take it out of the tacky lobby and into a different realm... a forest in which to lose one's self... which is basically what my land looks like right now. (Here's a few snaps from recent walks.)