Watercolor on watercolor paper
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After being told for years that I should illustrate a Tarot deck, I finally broke down and decided on sacred animal/fantasy nature theme. Also, having been in a rut where my human subjects were concerned, I find myself "freed up" by the change to non-sapiens.
An owl might seem an easy-out in regards to a magical symbol, but its history as a creature of wisdom, of the night and of the day, bear out its purpose as a harbinger of things otherworldly. Within him is the power to act or the will to simply be. The roses above and below are desire and passion; the lilies are purity of thought, be it abstract or otherwise. Both guide decisions and inspire magic; whether it is black or white is a matter of perspective and intention. The magician is above all a master of duality, like the moon above that is still eclipsed by the shadow of the earth below.
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