Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Five of Pentacles: Winter Kills

I decided to post this card today because -- isn't this what winter has been doing to all of us this year? 

This is Harry Houdini's second (and positively final) appearance in the deck. Being lashed to a wagon wheel is just Oh So Very evocative of the five of pentacles... but -- crazy Uncle Harry didn't half have a Messianic Complex did he?

The snow in the air -- which is real snow by the way -- is what made the deign for me. When I turn the snow layer off, the design is okay and all that, but it just sits there. Turn the layer back on and suddenly the card springs to life. Sometimes it's the smallest touch that makes all the difference in the world. 

-- Freder

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Have No Fear -- The Nine of Wands is Here!

This dashing young Aerialist is preparing to go out in front of the audience... possibly for the first time. Danger and possibly disaster await him: but he is resolute and determined. He has been injured before, and knows that more injury likely awaits him at some future date; but the show must go on. The show WILL go on. He is determined to fly once again.

As I type this, I realize that he needs a head bandage in the manner of the RWS version of this card. A sprig or two of Growing things from at least one of the posts is also in order. Sometimes, OK, lots of the time, you don't notice that small but important details are missing until you're actually hanging the picture, so to speak. I'll fix those details before the deck is published... you'll just have to imagine them for now. 

There are actually nine posts visible in the card: can you see them all?

-- Freder

UPDATE! "This Time For Sure!"