One picture that I'm working on is of Maddisen. She had in the previous year had nursed her partner during his bout with cancer. A little over a year after his passing, I wanted to work on a portrait of a woman on the cusp of beginning a new chapter. After a year of mourning, she went back to college and completed her degree in Chinese medicine.
I originally wanted statues at either side of her applying herbs to her head and heart, but after working on Maddisen's figure (she kindly posed for me) I'm deciding to not have the figures touch her -- I feel like the painting has an important element of my friend, and I don't want the more imaginative elements to interfere.
There will be trees in the background roughly in a "V" shape behind the figures. I think that the side statues will be more like silhouettes: