©2010 L.Ciacco, Bride Reflecting, mixed media on cradled panel, 8 x 6 in.
I have to admit to a slight obsession with a tv show called "Say Yes to the Dress" which follows women in a very ritzy NYC bridal salon as they choose their wedding gowns. I think I'm mostly in shock at the amount of money they're prepared to shell out for a piece of whipped cream they'll wear once in their lives. Or it might be that I'm more interested in the characters of the bridal advisors (sales clerks) trying to sell the would-be-brides their gowns, often in the face of obvious opposition from the bride's entourage. Anyway, the program seems to have switched from NYC now to a town in the American south, and my obsession has been magically cured, rather like a Virginia ham. I'm thinking that this little portrait was my subconscious tribute and farewell to "Say Yes to the Dress."
But then, when this is where the piece started, with no planning at all on my part, how could it have gone in any other direction? Wouldn't you have painted a bride??