I love castles. There's just something so mysterious about them that I can't help but imagine what life must have been like for the royal (and not-so-royal) inhabitants. I think I've only been to one legitimate "castle" (and a few palaces), but I do like to pretend I have a pretty good idea about what the ideal fairy tale castle would look like: extensive grounds, fantastic heights, nooks and crannies, and PLENTY of mystery.
I don't know what inspired the idea for a castle painting, but I had purchased a very big (16x20) canvas and I just knew it needed something a little magical. I love what I've come up with, but I haven't yet decided if it's done. I mean, really, really done.
Here it is (as it exists right at this moment):
My Mom thinks it needs a dragon. Not the dangerous fire-breathing behemoth one would expect with a fairy tale castle but probably some pleasantly plump purple reptile with the most precious set of wings you've ever seen. I don't know that I think a dragon is what it needs, but I DO think it needs some proof of life. I was thinking I'd just add a little robin read-breast to the stone bridge, or maybe an uninhabited medieval picnic just to the left of it. Maybe, maybe not, but I have a feeling I'll definitely be coming back to this piece.