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Pimp My Artwork 011: What Goes In A Painting?

Took a couple reference shots last night for my new Pomba Gira painting.  I ended up using the face and arms and then using the body of an old photograph of me.  I usually take most of my reference shots myself.  A timer is a wonderful, wonderful thing.  This is still very much in progress and in the sketch phase.  Since I mainly do mixed media and collage I tend to make my sketches on the computers.  Print out different parts of the the sketches as well as the photos and collage them together leaving out certain parts to be drawn back in. Sometimes I will print out 6 or 7 different versions of the sketch at different sizes just so I can play around. I'll post more in progress shots as I go on but this is the basic first phase of a layout.I still haven't added the cigarette holder, the smoke & the bottles of alcohol but here are a few images of the reference shot, the inspiring images and the very early stages of the sketch.

We are in Mars retrograde right now which makes it hard to hold back.  Although it is a good time to speak your mind, it's a hard time to get projects rolling.  Basically the theme of a Mars retrograde is "Don't point that loaded gun at yourself".  Mars is a planet I feel very connected to.  My Mars is in Taurus and that's my rising sign as well.  What does it mean?  It means I'm a perfectionist.  Oh yes, a perfectionist indeed.  It also means I hold grudges, so ladies and gentlemen, do not get on my bad side.  Hahaha.  Mars is also Eleggua's (Orisha of the crossroads) planet as well as a planet associated with the sign Aries (which my Venus is in).  So I am very fond of Mars indeed.  I also like Mars Bars even though they have nothing to do with any of this.  I digress, Mars retrograde is the perfect time to work on the Pomba Gira.  Why?  Pomba Gira is associated with Mars as well.  In Brazilian Candomble she is the female counterpart to Eshu (along with Eleggua).  she in turn personifies female beauty, sexuality, and desire. Pomba Gira is viewed as a beautiful woman who is insatiable. She is venerated with great respect and care, as her her wrath can be firm and strong. Pomba Gira is often invoked by those who seek aid in love.  But don't go running off to work with the Pomba Gira just yet, as stated above her wrath can be devastating.  She is tit for tat and makes sure she collects what is owed to her.

And this is how a collage begins to get made.  I like to plan out ahead of time what will be done.  But sometimes, just sometimes the pieces create themselves.  I'm looking forward to adding the rest and tearing this baby up.

x to the o,





Pimp My Artwork 010: The Death Card

As you all know Sherene Schostak is my life partner in crime.  She's also a Scorpio and being that the Death card is the Scorpio archetype it seemed a perfect choice to use her.  I'm also thinking that during this process I was secretly channeling Salome.  Scorpio's traditional animal connections are scorpion, salamander, and eagle but in this card the crow and butterfly really came through as the bringers of death and rebirth.

The Death card signifies transformation.  The end of a time that no longer serves you is here. It may be challenging and hard to let go of but the transition is necessary to personal growth and happiness.  The Death card indicates this transition from lowest to grounded to highest. This card brings humility, and  indicates the Querent the querent being brought to a dark time in their lives so that through it they can see the light and conquer the storm.  You cannot find the light without first heading though the darkness. 


The Caravan 013: Big Fat Fanny

My friend Francesco D'Isa just launched his fabulous new fashion line Big Fat Fanny.  I can't wait to get me hands on a few of these.  Click the image to check out more of these great designs.


Paramicha 03: Death Card Soundtrack

I'm ghosting it tonight.  Trying to finish the Death Card this evening, made the unfortunate mistake of tearing off part of it and now starting over.  Oh, it's fine, I didn't like the color scheme in the first one anyway. So excuse me for a moment while I set the reset button on certain areas of my life and hot wire others.

And for those of you wondering where my other playlists went, myspace ate imeem and devoured all my playlists as well.  Hopefully they'll get it sorted out so I can go on about my day without getting angry over lost music.





En Gypsy Couture 06: Trinkets

Last night Mercury and Saturn brought together an evening of incredible intuitive energy mixed with inner elders and fairytale meditations.  Plus the night carried very special energy as an important meeting discussing stem cell research was taking place the same time our class was convening.  It's been a really magical time as of late.  The tarot deck is coming along splendidly and the classes I am teaching with Sherene are going remarkably well.  Everything is in motion, although communication is a bit off.  I'll just say that the upcoming retrograde is poking it's way in a little early. 

Mercury turns retrograde December 26th, 2009 at 21 Capricorn - 10:32 am EST
Mercury turns direct January 15th, 2010 at 5 Capricorn - 12:48 pm EST

For a little advice on how to cope with those pesky retrogrades take a look at our Constellation blog on coping with retrogrades.

Many wonderful things have been showing up in the mail as well as in person. Belly dance Goddess Blanca recently brought a gorgeous box of jewels to the class.  Blanca has a wonderful sense of style and any gift from her is truly a blessing.  The beautiful necklaces pictured below are from her as well as the wonderful bracelet.  Another surprise was the gorgeous glass hummingbird that made it's way to me from Galina Krasskova.  Hummingbirds have always been close to my heart as they represent a pure love.  Other wonderments to arrive were Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim which I will recommend to everyone.  It is an incredibly entertaining read and almost impossible to put down and Dame Darcy's Death by Doll cd.

I'm back to painting tarot tonight.  I'l be posting cards I need reference and models for so keep your eyes open for the post. 

x to the o,