This new young bride is most the precious commodity with her tribe . She is covered in jewellery. She shines like a diamond. Her vulnerability is showing in her eyes. The idea behind this painting was to really show what was behind some headlines in the newspapers. I kept hearing about organised mass weddings of young girls in the East. So I wanted to show a face of one of the bride. It is why I have chosen an old newspaper to paint her on. She is part of the news. She comes from a newspaper.
I used also a recycle pine frame to add to the drama. After all, it is always second hand news that we are hearing or reading from. We don't know the whole truth behind most of the stories in the newspaper. This is what the painting is all about.
I added some real bling to the painting, crystals, beads to show her preciousness.