For the last few days I have been woking on the changes I was talking about.
I reduced but was not completely able to get rid of the sword in the 10 of cups, and I got rid of the black ufo looking things.
I changed the color in the Empress’ trees, though I think the effect will be minimal.
I changed a few things on the 3 of Swords. When i compare this to the old scan I see that it really darkened which in a way sucks, but also makes it feel abit more atmospheric – orginally it was a little drab, well, it still is. I thought about turning it into a night scene. I still might. I did some highlighting and changed the swords to a gold color because, to me, they are rays of the sun. I found it curious that I had chosen a style of sword that appears to have no handle, just a bare tang. I may or may not have notes on that but I haven’t delved into them yet. I see them as swords that have never been held by a human hand and never will be.
I did quite a bit on the Justice card. It’s a little bit closer in feel to the Emperor now, I think. I think I can live with it now. perfection be damned.Abo
The Knight of Cups, I meant to just add a little color in the uppoer corners but ended up doing quite a bit. It looked unfinished, almost as though I was scared to paint it. It was a lot of fun to work on and remember all of the little things. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there is a lot of symbolism in the armor. It’s almost a map of the universe. In the bottom there are waves and leviathans and the roots of trees. In the middle is a pyramid and the eye topped with the symbols of the zodiac in a gold arc. Above are flaming wheels. The sleeves have two cherubim, one a man, one a lion, Fire and Water. The angel has 13 fingers, from which flows the blood that founts down into the grail and from which grows the lotus. I changed that awful black smear into something that looks more like a shirt with gold lacing or embroidery. I’m really happy with it. I could have gone on painting it for a long time. It had a nice peaceful feeling.
The Ace of Cups (boy, the cups got a lot of work). I deepened the red fabric and improved the hair as planned. It definitely makes it look more feminine. it’s not shockingly different but you will notice the red.
I took out the Lovers and sat down, turned it this way and that, and decided it was simply hideous. I’m sorry but it is. Hideous. I decided I couldn’t make it better and put it back down. Will I live with it? Maybe. I am going to work on some sketches and see if anything comes of it. Is it ironic that I don’ love the Lovers? You do see all the double entendres don’t you?
I think I am done with the easier fixes, now on to the harder ones.