This digital painting started out as a quick
digital" sketch" of just the old man with horns.
It took some time to paint him and create a
background I was happy with — and tried a
LOT of different elements behind him.
Initially, I tried painting a building with
stained-glass windows way off in the distance —
but when I filled the foreground with a single window
frame —the composition felt a lot better to me.
Adding the symbolic elements of the candle,
and hand and flame, came to me while I worked
and infused deeper meaning to this painting for me.
BTW — I took photos of my own
hand to use as a reference.