Legs and cloth

I worked on the legs of the twins in the Sun painting, building a decent first layer of skin tones over the rough sketch version – still pretty rough, but making sense of the structures of the feet and knees. The towels around their waists got two more layers, first a correction of the inaccurate…

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Heart and soul

In Valentin Tomberg’s great Meditations on the Tarot he describes the relationship of the alchemical twins as a matter of the interaction of heart and mind becoming one in intuition. I like this idea, although it’s a little distant from the alchemical symbolism of the card, which shows the twin (often seen as the king…

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Complete Justice

I had a little window of opportunity to fill this afternoon, so while Death dried behind me I set to work putting the finishing details onto Justice, including a delicate balance suspended from her hand. I decided to make a very finely weighted system of spheres instead of the more conventional scales because I am interested…

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The sun and the sky

I liked the cloudy sky in the Temperance painting well enough to do the same thing in the Sun piece, laying down a patchy coat of blue, ragged off carefully to avoid all the gold – fiddly work because of all those curving edges. You’d think that it would be easy enough to simply paint…

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Basing the sun and finding the hand

Looking forward through my plans for this day I realized that I would have almost no time for work in the studio unless I got into it right away, so after I ran and did my yoga I got straight to work on the Twins piece, which I am enjoying already. I had wondered if…

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Gesso

I’ve been laying down lots of gesso today, preparing the tall canvases for painting and getting those spheres that Justice and Temperance are standing upon ready for gold. The two virtues have had at least four thick coats to get rid of the weave of the canvas. Once I no longer see the fabric beneath…

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Temperance gets a new look

I didn’t get much time in the studio today, being involved in preparation for the new semester, shows coming into the gallery and whatnot, but did get to work on Temperance when I got a spare hour this evening. I committed to not having the two figures in the lower half of the piece, and…

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The face of Justice

Having done as much as I could to Amelia’s orb I moved back to Justice, who has been neglected of late, to build the surface of her face up a little. This is a wild improvement upon the sketched up noodling that I had earlier, so I’m pretty pleased with the progress I made this…

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