Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Hanged Man

As we're closing in on the final stretch for the tarot series, I've found I have some Major Arcana yet to do. The Hanged Man is one that I'd called dibs on from way early on and then let simmer for, well, the past couple years I guess. I love the meaning and traditional interpretations, but I did want to move out of the box just a bit. The whole Tau Cross leg thing for example. It didn't feel necessary to the symbolism for me, and honestly I'm not even sure I understand it. So here's the outcome, a rare traditional/digital hybrid piece for me. Oh, and the model for the painting is my Dad, which was fun and strange, like making an alternate universe time traveling self portrait.

12x18, oil on illustration board/digital


ces said...

That is beautiful! The hands - the necklace - the shirt - the colours . . . You have really got clothing folds nailed! The light blue and silver-grey make the image look so peaceful.

Can I have the shirt!

Especially since you can't go anywhere with all of your delightful snow! Ha, ha. I like snow, really, but you guys have now received the next 10 years' worth. Be sure to tell mother Nature! And practice painting snow. Maybe ladies in snow?


David Palumbo said...

Ha, I just recently finished a painting set in snow (to be posted soon). Unfortunately I painted it right *before* all the blizzards. Actually, Philly hasn't been hit too bad compared to practically every other place in the north east. Right now it's actually drizzling out.