This painting was created as a new Laura Diehl Illustration logo image and as a printed portfolio book cover. The initial idea actually came from playing with arrangements of my initials 'LD.' While doodling, it struck me that the 'D' could be a sail. It soon followed that this sail might be attached to a painter's palette and paintbrush to form a magical sort of ship.
When I was thinking of the magic steam billowing from the lit brush, I was envisioning something akin to the way I've always imagined the trails from the alchemy which powers ships in the book Larklight by Philip Reeve (which I've been recently reading.)