Moth to a Flame

Moth to a Flame
Watercolor on Hot press paper, 2020

It has been a long 2 days for this painting. I thought I could finish this painting all in one night, as I usually do for each #Junebugillustration but she was different. This lady had me paint her for two days and it was worth it.

The painting is called Moth to a Flame, a painting about passion and love. My subject is a beautiful indian bride with a candle on top of her head symbolizing love and passion. She is a very pure and innocent bride, while the moths atop her head dancing around the flame actually represents a more dangerous, obsessive kind of love. As you see, moths will go nearer and closer to the flame even when they are hurt, or dying just to get to it. This is an insight to a hidden passion within a bride’s heart.

Aside from that, I contrasted colors for this painting. I wanted to see the yellows and red pop. So I did a pure black background. The idea came from Reniel, an artist friend of mine. It worked. I am grateful. I wanted the focus to be on the girl, her brightness and the details on her jewels really pop with the black circle.

Things I learned with this painting

  • Never rush your art, give time for details and be more patient.
  • My biggest take away is : SLOW DOWN!
  • Conceptualizing and Planning colors and lighting was really helpful.
  • Push for details. Never Half ass anything. I regret not putting details on the Jewels and the sari. It could have made things better. Perhaps in a bigger version, I will.
  • Let watercolor do its job, learn how to layer effectively.

Below is a youtube video for the process.

I enjoyed painting this since this is my love letter to the INDIAN COMMUNITY who really appreciate my art and has shown support and love to my art lately. THANK YOU ALL!

Enjoy!