I just snuck off for a few hours to paint on the 8 of Swords. I could have gone a few more or all night or all week, but alas I had to come back and do mom things.
I started with a real clear idea of the colors I wanted to use and then it went rogue on me again. I put some nice yellows and reds out to paint my little magician and do some highlights and a bit in the clouds but next thing I know all of my lovely grassy hills and rocky mountins came alive in shades of red.
At some point I realized that they were the exact opposite as the colors I planned, red being the contrasting color to green. I also realized that they were the colors of fall which is in full swing here. I didn’t plan on fall colors at all but there they were. Something that mostly proves to me is that when I paint I really let my subconscious take control, and apparently my subconscious has also been appreciating the fall colors and thought it appropriate regardless of what I thought consciously. The subconscious is making decisions without consulting me first, though I give it license to do so, within reason.
Looking forward to painting some more tonight. I notice that I feel like I worked on this painting pretty fast and yet it still took me a month to do. It’s just a slow, slow process. And 78 is a lot of paintings. But I am almost there!
This painting really impressed itself on me too. At first I couldn’t seem to focus on any one, then when I decided to start with the 8 of Wands the 8 of Swords butted in and said You have to paint me now! The 8s are awesome, I love them; I mean as a concept.