This is my initial drawing on fabric as the base for my painting. I started with an anatomical heart from an old medical illustration engraving. I extended the arteries into curving vines to represent new growth and life. Below I have drawn veins from a heart, going upwards, which feel like barren trees, but also have the symbolism of roots to me. The fabric is about 3′ x 6′.
Using acrylic inks and a 2 inch wide brush, I painted over the drawing with large brush strokes of color.
The only way to get a photo of the whole thing was to stand on the table, unfortunately there is a large shadow falling across it from the window.
Now the thing to keep in mind is, I really don’t have a definite plan here. I am just doing it. I am trying not to worry about whether it will come out “good” or not, because really that is not the goal. For me right now it’s about processing feelings, thoughts, aspirations hopes… just what’s going on personally.
Cicadas, I love the way they buzz in the trees, communicating with each other in circular pattens of sound and I think the growth cycles and transformations they go through in life are fascinating.
The Moon: deception, disappointment, dishonor
Strength: acceptance, courage, optimism, heroism
2 of Cups: resolution, harmony, partnership
2 of Coins: need to balance, energy, amusement
The World: new life, the end of a cycle, attainment of purpose
Cancer crab: represents someone
3 of Swords: betrayal, separation, clearing the way for something better
Grieving the death of relationships, closure and renewal
Hanged Man: suspension, meditation, transformative thinking
6 of Swords: letting go, moving beyond sorrow, the road to recovery
Wheel of Fortune: positive change, progress, beginnings
The cards represented are ones that have come up multiple times in recent readings, so I think their meaning is significant and so very apropos.
More painting and layers of imagery to go.