There have been so many changes since I wrote last month’s blog I hardly know where to begin. I started off this month by beginning to paint the Pentacles / Discs pip cards for the new Initiates Way Tarot and gained more understanding about my own relationship between work, finances, energy and grounding of ideas into the physical world.
I don’t know if it’s an Artist thing or a projected state of mind that we have drummed into us about Art being a hobby, or something else that you do away from your real job, but I have had a fraught relationship with being an Artist for most of my adult life.
A friend posted on Social Media about the need for having an identity as an Artist and what that means in terms of what people expect from you and one of the issues I have battled with for a long time is putting a fee on the work that I create. It is a job like any other and sometimes it can take a lot more effort to make money doing it than it does to go and work for someone else as an employee and take home a regular wage. Self confidence and self esteem almost certainly come into play when it comes to selling Art.
Can you talk to others about about it?
What makes one piece of art worth more than another, other than whether the Artist is dead or alive?
During this process I plunged headlong into the shadows of the underworld and by submitting to introspection and dealing with whatever that threw up in terms of learning and life lessons, I journeyed through the creation of the remaining images and find that i’m standing once again on the high vista of the plateau of the Fool / Jester.
Ready to jump into the abyss and begin anew.
The images for Justice, the Hanged / Drowned Man and Death literally fell out of the ether and on to the canvas in a week after having an unbelievably stressful lead up to the release of these images.
As of today there is only one of the Major Arcana left for me to paint. It is the 22nd tomorrow so I intend to focus on painting that and then the entire Major sequence for this deck will be finished. The three remaining court images for the Pentacles and Discs are on the menu after that while plotting and scheming for the festive period.
There will be a Calendar available which will include all of the new Initiates Way Tarot images for anyone who would like to order one. Please Email and register your interest and I will contact you directly about the order process.
So 2016 has come to a welcome end and as the wheel has turned 2017 has ushered in new hope, inspiration and motivation for new ventures and creations.
When I was at University in 2006 I created my first Tarot deck for the final project that I did before I graduated from the Media and Communications degree. It was called The Initiates Way. Thinking back it was rather ambitious to attempt to create something as big as that on my own while I was still right at the beginning of my path into discovery. It was a big learning curve for me that lead on to the creation of the second deck between 2009 and 2013. The Soulscapes Tarot was self published after seven years of working one to one as a Holistic Therapist and 20 years of reading as a professional Tarot Consultant and a lot of the awakenings and experiences that I had during that time are imbued in the imagery of the deck.
Now as I find myself in a different place entirely, with a completely different perspective I have begun the task of re-creating the Initiates Way Tarot to document the journey so far and add another dimension to the Soul Journey of my own revelations and discovery through working with the Tarot Archetypes. This time I have assistance with the very willing dragon twins who love to paint and create at every available opportunity.
Early December 2016 I started in ernest with the images for this new deck. So far I have painted the High Priestess, the Ace, King, Queen and Princess of Wands / Staffs and I’m working on the Magician at the moment.
During the process of creation for this deck so far Christen and Charlie have assisted me with some awesome backgrounds to work with. The Ace of Wands / Staffs is our co-creation between the three of us and is currently hanging on the wall in their room as inspiration for us as we set out to create the rest of the images together for that suit.
Three sittings later and the Magician image is starting to take shape nicely. I started painting it on Jan 1st with the original painting of the Messenger / Magician from the Soulscapes deck as company.
I have written guided meditations for each of the Major Arcana that will be available online soon for anyone who wants to pathwork with any of the Major Tarot images. If you are interested in the guided mediations that I have written especially for working with the Major Arcana they will be published in the forthcoming Soulscapes Tarot Companion and some of them will be available as streamable mp3’s on iTunes. Please email me for more info on this.
The Queen of Staffs / Wands has had a lot of positive feedback and it was with her that I decided that I should begin the Fools Journey once again for another round of learning, growing, seeking and creating. If theres one thing that the Tarot has taught me it is that we are never too old to learn something new and that we evolve all the time from one state to another and fluctuate through the processes of change. Each of these new images have burst straight from the tubes of paint straight to the canvas just by using fingers. Any fine detail that has been added at the end has been to define something or bring more understanding to the image. Watch this space for more creations.