Been working on this since June. Tried doing it with the dress in blue, like the sky, but I missed the jungle/garden print of the model’s original dress. It seemed right. Took way too long painting it in but I think it was needed.
The motel was one we passed by in Holbrook, Arizona last spring. I had wondered at the hopeful message on the sign pointing to a new life and what if anything it had to do with the motel being shut down and boarded up.
For the painting, I liked the emotional ambiguity of the model who may or may not have anything to do with Moen Kopi. A woman in her garden print dress.
We spent a couple of days in Holbrook about 15 years ago and because of some brochures I’d seen I placed a scene in the Penguin book in the area.
I could be wrong but I don’t imagine that Holbrook has changed much during those 15 years…
P.S. Simonroy’s photostream at Flickr has a pic of the Moen Kopi in better times (2005) when it was still a motel and not yet a notel.
Appreciation is extended to Phoeebstock for stock reference for the model.