I have to say that lockdown in many ways has been an absolute gift! It has allowed me to concentrate almost full-time upon an old art project of mine I was never able to do justice too – until recently.
That was a set of Tarot cards, that is 78 designs for each card, created to express the research and ideas I had for the symbolism for each card. Just before Christmas, I got my hands on a laptop that already had Photoshop, which I had lost many years previously, after the c drive on a rather ancient PC died a death. Gimp became a reasonable alternative to this until they in their wisdom, no longer allowed its users to save in either jpg or PNG.
Then someone from a group on Facebook for Tarot card designers very kindly showed me how to professionalise the borders and labelling on each card. After that I used Photoshop to edit the designs themselves and to improve upon the colours of the original artwork. This took many evenings working into the small hours of the morning. The fruit of all this midnight oil burning can now been seen in my new Tarot section, here.
The first page gives more information about he Pack and the ideas about it, then the link at the bottom on bold will show a page of samples.
Most other art projects have been on hold in the mean time. It did seem a good time to stand back an reevaluate. 2019 was a landmark year in terms of getting into a stronger position rather than being a hostage to fortune and let’s say I always knew it was, well, on the cards, that 2020 would bring some kind of a serious global crisis. But there were some big disappointments too – the best opportunities last year were through a society of life drawing artists, but the world of art in general can still be a very challenging one to negotiate.
However in my ‘large mixed-media pieces‘ section I have added two more recent new pieces.
Quarantine may still be in effect in most countries and I suspect there will be a three steps forward two back for a long time to come yet, but here is my shop at Red Bubble. My work is available as prints, cards, canvas prints and more – and as masks.