Like I posted earlier, one of my inspirations for this painting was Walt Disney's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It was part of Disney's The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad which was released in 1949, was directed by Clyde Geronimi and Jack Kinney and featured the voice talents of Bing Crosby. It has always been one of my favorite fall-time favorites and I still watch it every year. (For some strange reason, I still rent it... I really need to buy my own copy.)
I was able to find background paintings from the film on a great blog site that C. F. Payne told me about called Animation Backgrounds. The stills not only brought back some great childhood memories, they also provided rich information for setting the mood to the story with color, lighting and shadow.
Click HERE to see the rest of the paintings from the film.