I wanted to incorporate the figure somehow with developing druidic-sorcerer cyber-futurist themes. The elements seemed a nice safe place to start. The hand is my right hand and each piece is a suggestive sigil of power over that element. Then I realized I hadn't painted fire or close-up water before. Each took maybe four hours of experimentation until I hit the right brushes and techniques to make something believable.
These are 11" x 17" oil on MDO panel. Titled: Earth, Air, Fire, Water