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I had such a great time working on this yesterday! The big tree outside my window bloomed these fluffy pink flowers for the first time since we have lived here and it was covered with tiger swallowtails, hummingbirds and bumblebees. I watched out the window and listened to music and painted, painted, painted, until about 11pm when I decided it was done.
I was a little bit disappointed this morning when I went to go get it to scan it in as the colors had sunk a little during the night. Part of it is a patience problem, on my part, because I need to let it dry and varnish it to even out the shiny and not shiny areas. The other problems are that I am still getting the hang of painting without turpentine, which is causing the shiny issues and I have been using zinc white instead of titanium white for highlights. I should be using it for mixing and tit. white for highlights. Oh well, now I know.
At first I thought I would wait a day or two for the paint to set a bit and then redo my highlights, adjust some of the contrast issues – when the paint sunk the darks got lighter and the lights got darker, the raven was nearly completely black and the snake was white. I had underpainted the snake with a rainbow of colors to make it somewhat opalescent, and it was subtle, now you can hardly see it. But, I figured i would scan it in anyway because I got my new scanner and I was excited to try it out! After sitting with the image for awhile it is growing on me. The colors moving to the middle have given it a really warm, dusk or dawn look. It looks like a sunset. Perfect for this card don’t you think?! So I think I will leave it awhile and see. If a week or two goes by and I change my mind I will work on it a little more, if not I will leave it, just put some varnish on.
I noticed while I was painting it that it was very similar to the World in composition. The World, though, is more like the personification of the Universe, God or Goddess, whatever you want to call it, and the 7 of Swords here is more like the personification of the line between heaven and earth. I can’t tell you how familiar this scene is to me! It makes me feel very good.
It’s funny, last night I brought the painting in to show Michael and of course the first thing he asked me was what it meant. Shocked! Taken aback I was! It’s stupid I know, but all of a sudden a books worth of info flashes across my mind and refuses to funnel itself into a bite sized chunk. That is often my problem! I need to earn to take it down, OR better yet, to stand with a foot in each world, equally. Don’t you think that is a little bit of what this card is about? Master of Paradox. Or the struggle to be. Anyway, this card means a lot of things to me, a lot of similar layers and what I need to do is bring them into a common denominator that will point people to the aspect of this card that is best for them.