This is the 2nd in a 3 part series called the Clare Series. It was done 2 years after the first in the series was completed.
When I painted this, I hadn't had much of an opportunity to paint and this was my way of "playing back into the process".
This has to be one of my all time favourites. I have tried to
duplicate it and I just can't seem to get the same feel. I have often
considered this the view opposite my painting World in the Woods. If
you go look, you will see why.
I painted this after reading Lewis Carroll's infamous Alice in Wonderland.
I had never actually read the classic, leaving Disney to shape my idea
of what the story was. I urge you to read the book one day.
I painted it on my birthday in 2006, hence the name "Birth of Joy". In fact it is my 5th painting.
Dark Blue and Magenta have always been my favorite colours growing up, so I thought it fitting to play with those colours.