Here's what I've been up to this week! "The Moon" - it will be my painting for the 78 Tarot "Mythic" Deck later this year. Seventy-eight different artists are participating, each illustrating a card, and my assignment was for "The Moon." If you are a fan of the past centuries' art nouveau movement, you will recognize the primary figure as being a riff on Alphonse Mucha's "Moon and Stars" series. Obviously I work in a very different medium, hehe, but I want to specifically reference that imagery in this painting. Being a "Mythic" deck, each card is supposed to incorporate well-known gods/goddesses/mythological figures - and since I have The Moon I want to evoke Luna/Selene in my piece.
We are also supposed to reference traditional tarot imagery so that our cards are recognizable to readers, and I'm incorporating a couple of wolves/dogs and the two pillars (as well as the crawdad, lol) from the Rider-Waite deck, and as a nod to the early Flemish Tarot I'm giving the female figure a distaff (as in spinning wool) in her hand.
I think I've got all my illustrative duties covered now, hehe!
I'm very excited at the unusual lighting source in this piece, with Luna/Selene being somewhat backlit with the beautiful crescent moon, usually the primary figures in my typical compositions are lit from the front or from above, so this is kind of fun =) As far as the original painting goes - I'm selling this one myself, it's not for a gallery or convention, it is a full sized 16"x12" panel, original acrylics of course, and I have a satin/matte finished solid wood black ornate frame I'm going to put her in, fitting with the "nighttime" and "antique" feel to this piece. She will be priced at $5400. If anybody is interested in the original painting, please email me directly at JasmineToad@aol.com with the subject line : "The Moon" ORIGINAL PAINTING
Inquiries will be indexed as they are received based on the timestamp on the emails, I won't be showing this to the public until at least tomorrow or so. I'll be updating with additional work-in-progress photos throughout the week.
We'll have prints and canvases eventually up at my Strangeling website (Link in profile)!