There it is sitting on my table. I think I am done. After a full day without seeing it, when I saw it tonight It was pretty interesting! One of the things that really stands out is the contrast between this and the 8 of Disks which is on an easel right by where I was sitting. It is very clear and bold in color and line where this 8 of Cups is, to use the description again, is very dreamy. It’s low key, low contrast and the colors are strangely blended. I think in a way the experiment was successful.
While doing this painting I have found my feelings and observations have swung wildly from one pole to the other, my perceptions are flipping back and forth. I have to wonder if right now the lion means to me the ego which is slowly falling asleep or closing its eyes, revealing a different reality. Not a worse or less truthful reality I think, just different.
I didn’t do very much to it, just some minor details and then it struck me as done. Then I saw it looked like the original image I had of it, though, and it might sound strange, I don’t know if my memory of it is accurate or if the memory of it is new. Either way…
I spent most of the evening just trying to get a decent scan of it. I got one that is close and I am still working to do a lot of color correcting. I am almost there – It bugs me that a cheap digital camera can get an accurate color representation where my expensive scanner doesn’t even come close. I have no love for that scanner.
I have more to say about it but I’m tired, so will add more tomorrow. G’night.