Before I get to talking about my latest card (#73 of 78 for those keeping count...) I want to briefly direct your attention to a different art series that's currently looking for funding on Kickstarter.
My good friend and artistic colleague Janet Bruesselbach (whom you may recognize as my own Princess of Wands) has envisioned a series of full-scale oil portraits of transgender women that she calls The Daughters of Mercury. The project seeks to portray trans women's bodies as the women themselves want to be seen, which is something that the public is so rarely exposed to. I think the project is artistically really important, and a great deal of the funding will go directly to the models - some of whom are living currently under some incredibly difficult conditions, and could really use that support.
I should also mention that in addition to being a proud backer of the project, I'm also delighted to be included as one of the planned models. If I had the extra $8k on hand, I'd pay for the original painting of me in a heartbeat, but since I can't, I'm counting on folk like you to support the project, so I will at least get to see the masterpiece that Janet plans to create based on me. There's only a short time left to back the project, and although there has been a lot of interest already, it still has a ways yet to go before it reaches it's goal. So go right now, show your support, then share it around!
The Knight of Cups: The Seducer
A dynamic mix of opposites, the Knight of Cups is the fire in the suit of water; he is the avatar of passion and action in the realm of love and emotion. His watery side makes him sensitive, romantic, and creative. At the same time, his fiery essence can make him aggressive when he is aroused, and drives him to constantly seek new romantic adventures. The Seducer is attractive and friendly and falls in love easily, but there is a dangerous unpredictability about him. His sudden passion may burn hotly in one moment, and then be just as quickly submerged and snuffed out in the next. One would be well advised to be cautious - while his compassion and warmth may be genuine, they may also run no deeper than reflected candlelight, flickering on the surface of a pond.
You may recall I posted the reference photos for this card back in June of 2012, when I had Mr. Alessandro La Porta pose for me, along with my lovely wife Amy. I have since changed the intended subtitle of the card since, although not wholly inappropriate in this context, the term "Pick Up Artist" has come to be associated with an extremely toxic, sexist culture that I'd just as soon not pay direct homage to in my work.
Just five more to go...