Greetings from South Africa! Love this ... uniquely beautiful. For me, it represents women's determination to take back their power & dignity while reconnecting to Gaia. It depicts women's inner strength, which is assertive and not aggressive, like male power. Awesome!
Thank you everyone for all your kind comments and attention. You have been more than generous, and I appreciate the time you took to tell me about how this painting made you feel. That's the real reward for an artist!
Many of you have asked about the work in progress status - actually after it was scanned I added one more glaze to the background, darkening the edges of the painting a little and focusing the eye on the gleaming sword, so technically this image doesn't represent the final state of the painting. However, because the glaze was still wet when I delivered it to the collector, I was not able to re-scan it. Perhaps I can have it photographed whenever it comes back to me for exhibition.
My publisher is considering this work for a limited edition, I'll know later this summer. I do not use dA's print service because I sell editions through established brick and mortar galleries who have been my devoted dealers for decades, and it seems unfair to bypass their hard work and loyalty. It's tough to be an artist, but I know how difficult it is to stay in business as a gallery too!