I did this about 20 years ago now! Hmm. How remarkable. I wanted an "illustration" of Scheherazade herself, not scenes from her stories, something that seemed to illustrate her character as well as some of the feel of her tales. The background was done in many glazes over a sienna underpainting, giving the original interesting depth. As has so often been the case, my ballet-dancing wife helped inspire arms, etc.Gosh, I miss doing this sort of thing.