Midnight - After several hours of drawing and redrawing the creatures (sorry, Grenouille, they did not turn out to be frogs). Click for a larger view.
It seemed to me that the veils stood out in the photos.
This is the photo that most influenced the placement of the birds. Nothing literal, just something about the energy of the leaning up and in. I didn't try to capture the laughter - I was looking for something more like dancing.
1:15 AM - I spent another half hour tweaking things - tree limbs, bird faces... Then I decided the left hand bird was moving too fast, and the left hand side of the composition needed to be tied in more - so I moved her wing, and changed her veil. Then she needed some vertical lines removed that had been fine in the lower left before, but now interfered with the movement. THEN I worked at making her face more feminine.
And I may have to fiddle more before I start with the paint... but I'm happier with this composition then the first one.
Keep your fingers crossed. This is what I have to show for AEDM 26.
By golly I just tweaked a veil some more... and then the other (both improved)... gotta go to bed.