My idea on this little picture was to create a story without actually telling it. "The Elopement" has two lovers running away in broad daylight, in a deserted Italian piazza. I wanted it to resemble an opera scene, or perhaps a romantic novel illustration, with a touch of deChirico surrealism. The architecture is real, adapted from a photograph in one of my many books on Italian architecture. As to the plot and progress of the story, who knows. I never bothered to invent it.
"The Elopement" is ink and watercolor on illustration board, 10" x 7", May 2002.