I’ve been working on giving Justice her sword and scales. The sword is a hefty broadsword behind her back, her scales hang suspended in the air below her hand. In the first swipe at the metal of the sword I laid down a pale blue layer that will serve as the base for the work that is to come. I began work on the scales, and for some reason I remembered John Dee’s monad, wondering if it was somehow linked with the image of Justice. This lead me into a line of research looking at relationships between the virtues and the planets, the gods they were connected to and the symbols thereof. 

Justice has to be associated from Libra because of her scales.

Weird problems posting images, so I’ll have to wait until the server’s working properly to show what I’ve done.

In addition to working on the scales and sword I added a thick layer of gesso to the sphere, getting ready for the leaf. I think they will need an additional two or three layers, then a healthy sanding to get a nice surface for the gold to lie on.


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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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