The inspiration behind this painting is the book Water for Elephants. It's a beautiful book and the pocket-watch is a small but significant icon in the story about a tag-along on a depression era traveling circus train.
The watch itself was pretty hard to paint. I started this before we moved but the greys/greens/blues are all very deceiving. The edges of the painting have made quite a few journeys... first grey, then white, then green... and are now red because I decided that I wanted to do the edges similar to the spine of the book which has a red and black stripe pattern (as shown below).
I think it will be cool once the edges are done!