Okay, so paring it down to the main elements, and also focusing more on the theme was my way to work through this. Hurricanes! A tricky image when you relate it to New Orleans post-Katrina. Not a lot of humor there. But I wanted it to be very graphic (as in simplified design, not carnage) and that would remove it a bit from being too much of a documentary on hurricanes. I came up with four images and decided to choose from one of them.
I had already decided on the second one from the right and had started painting. It was almost a third of the way finished, but I just wasn’t excited about it because I wanted to go more graphic and she didn’t seem to work unless I started painting very classically. I really liked the pegasus/satyr on the right, but what does that have to do with cocktails or hurricanes? So I kept coming back to the woman in the center. She was graphic, majestic, honoring the Hurricane cocktail, and I liked her. My decision was made and all I had to do was decide on the colors…