WARNING:Long comment,but it worths if you like the painting and want to fully understand the reason of it.
I consider this painting as a premonition, a prophecy...let's call it a word from Cassandra,the Trojan oracle.
The reason is simple as i made the original-in graphite- for someone special at that moment. Maybe few people know that once i define a sketch it has a title at that moment or never again. It's in my nature of artist,my instinct. I wanted a few times to change the title because it wasn't fair for him or for me as i was very happy,but i couldn't find a suitable one so it stayed as it was. Now I'm grateful i didn't change it, as it express exactly how i feel: sad for the withered summer magnolia, hopeless as i know it won't bloom ever again and a glimpse of hope for a better future.
The background with the Latin words amor=love and pax= peace weren't in the original,but they were created in the happy context. Also in the circles this written fully Oana in katakana(Japanese alphabet). Finally on one of the hair-sticks is carved the "pi" as symbol of the infinity of love.
I'd love to explain all the painting:it's full of symbols and feelings-from the expression to the clothes-but I'd like to hear your comments and critiques.
time: 1 month. I wasn't a month 24h a day but i worked a lot on it