Ok, so I have been rescanning all of the images. It has been going really well, beautifully really, a lot of these paintings I haven’t scanned for years and years and my scanner is much better now than a decade ago. Last night I smacked against the wall with the 7s though. They refused to go for it.
I remember when I painted them I was very worried about color fading as it has in some of the older paintings, so I coated them with a retouch varnish. The shiny is no good for scanning though! It picks up all kinds of funky brushstrokes and glare. I am going to clean them off today and see if that helps, if not I will need to order some matte varnish. And man, the 7 of Swords looks like shit! Somehow in my mind it looked great but now it really doesn’t. What to do? Maybe I need to *gulp* repaint it again. Different design alltogether. I consider that an important card, well, a lot of them are, but so is this one. Gosh, it is the hero plucking a spark of divinity from Gods hands……what a momentous occasion, and the painting is failed. How frustrating. Sometimes, though, I think these things are delayed so they can be put together at the right time.
Meanwhile, I get to move on to the 8s and 9s, wow how I love them! I love going over all the cards again like this. Every time I do I learn so much more about them. Just taking the time to get the painting out, blow off the dust (figuratively, I wouldn’t really let dust settle on them) and handle them for a small amount of time, in order, is enough to be very inspiring.
Actually, it isn’t that bad, I can paint it up when I do the card backs which will hopefully be soon. I want to hurry up and be done but then what makes me thing a huge project like this which took so long would tie up quickly and neatly. Its a process.