And now we have the Six of Water. You may remember the photo I took at Summer Solstice three years ago, which I used as a reference for this colored pencil painting.
Circles of women sing: "We are the flow, we are the ebb . . ."
And we remember Shekhinah.
It seems like each card is more beautiful and moving than the last - and I'm sure if I were to view them in a different order, I would feel the same way! Joanna, this deck means so much to me and I am so grateful for your wonderful gifts and generosity. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
August 14, 2007 at 05:36 AM
Oh, if you ever decide to sell that painting, please let me know!
August 14, 2007 at 10:12 AM
I am new to your site but am familiar with some of your Tarot Cards and Art. It just facsinates me that you are 'self taught' What is your favorite medium to work with? Mine is colored pencil and water color. How many hours a day do you devote to your craft?
Bella Luna |
August 14, 2007 at 11:20 AM
I love the feel of this circle, especially with the marine influence. Wonderful! You're on a roll sister!
August 14, 2007 at 11:42 AM
A gorgeous gorgeous card!!!
I am drooling in anticipation over this deck and will need to buy at least 2 copies so my dear friend Lady Rose can have one as well.
PS thank you for the link re: Shekinah Moutainwater ... it is so sad to read of her passing
mama kelly |
August 14, 2007 at 03:13 PM
Both these sixes are faboo, Joanna! I was down at the wharf yesterday visiting the sea lions and they were popping their heads up just like this to look at the people above...
August 14, 2007 at 09:33 PM
Thank you all — I'm very happy with the Sixes! The Six of Earth is coming along nicely and I should have it up in a day or two.
Hecate, I will have prints for sale soon although I'm hanging on to the originals until the deck is published. Thank you for your enthusiasm!!
Bella Luna, welcome. I use Prismacolor colored pencils pretty much exclusively, although I begin my compositions by manipulating photos that I've taken in Photoshop. I also scan the finished piece then take it back into Photoshop to add some detail work. When I say that I'm self-taught, I mean that I don't have any formal training at an art school. I majored in English in college. However I did take classes and workshops for several years in colored pencil techniques from Ann Kullberg . . . you can check out her books and ezine at www.annkullberg.com
I spend anywhere from one hour to twelve hours a day on artwork. It varies depending on what else is on my plate on any given day, and what my deadlines are. Thanks for asking!
August 16, 2007 at 08:00 AM
There is a fabulous sense of celebration here too, and this is a fitting companion to the Fire card.
Thank you for the note about Shekhinah too, Joanna. I am going to miss her so much.
KerrdeLune (Cate) |
August 16, 2007 at 08:53 AM
I just love that you have merged the women and the seal into a water tribe of six! What a wonderful way to illustrate that we are all one family--the finned, the two-leggeds (the winged, the 4 legged ...)
Blessing ourselves, being blessed by Mama Ocean; committing ourselves to Her service of the heart. Priestesses of the borders, the edge between land and sea, day and night, legged and finned.
What a gift; such a beautiful card!!
August 16, 2007 at 12:12 PM
just so deeply beautiful...
and thank you for sharing the word of shekhinah's passing. she has touched my world even across the oceans.
as do you, my dear.
Goddess of Leonie |
August 16, 2007 at 06:07 PM
although I'm hanging on to the originals until the deck is published.
Well, when you are ready . . . . ;)
August 17, 2007 at 10:54 AM
Oh, gorgeous. I remember the picture and love that it has become one of your cards. What goddesses.
Plus, I'm recently back from a trip to Neah Bay where we saw seals and Vancouver Island across the Straits, and love the synchronicity here.
August 23, 2007 at 06:00 PM
I am also new to your site, and new to reading Tarot as well. I am teaching myself, and I have been searching many many decks to see how they speak to me.
I just wanted to say how deeply moved I am by this card. When I saw it, it stopped me in my tracks. It just fills me with awe and joy when I look at a scene like this. I want to jump through my computer screen and join in the celebration.
Thank you for inspiring me with this card, and for endeavoring to make a Tarot deck that celebrates the beauty and wonder of the Earth. I can't wait to see all 78!
August 28, 2007 at 06:47 AM
I never get tired of looking at this picture - actually, it's the first one of the deck that I saw: found it in a random image search or something of the like and couldn't look away. Makes me just a bit jealous, too - I'm still searching for a body of water close and private and deep enough to swim in - and even a merbaby like me is a little iffy about Lake Erie!
Thank you so much for doing this project, especially putting up all the pics as you go - my friends and I all dash to our computers as soon as we hear there's another one up! :-)
June 11, 2008 at 02:54 PM
Thank you, summergirl! Well our islands may be private around here, but the water is c-c-c-cold! even in summer. Blessings to you!
June 16, 2008 at 07:46 AM
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