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HP Tarot - 4 D Stability

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(2008) 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" Pencil on Paper. Processed and framed in Photoshop.

The 4s of all the suits carry a measure of crystallization, of hardening and consolidation of the creative flux of the previous cards. The planetary ruler of the 4s is Jupiter, the old Roman ruler of the gods, but power is only one aspect of this dominance, the term "jovial" also derives from it, and so the cards tend to show also a certain mental relaxation and ease of mind that comes with stability and quiet. The number 4 gives you the four points of a square, one of the most stable geometric shapes of all.

In the material realm stability is a good thing. Recent stock market events have shown that upheaval and wealth don't mix well. So consolidation translates into security, stability, completion, power, an unerring sense of direction, status, influence, postion and structure. If you ever wanted to leave a mark on the material world, this card will give you that chance.

What better choice to illustrate this than a well-filled purse with four shiny gold galleons and a few bits of sickles and kuts to mark your place in the world as a major consumer...
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magpie-poet's avatar
All too perfect for the time.

I wish our money at least had nifty dragons on it...
Ellygator's avatar
I know, I kinda liked what they did with the State quarters here, but dragons are still better!
magpie-poet's avatar
We simply need better state animals :D
Ellygator's avatar
Definitely, though horny toads for Texas are kinda cute...
droxy's avatar
I'll take several of tehose cards thank you very much! I certainly can use it. =)

Unique still life, most artis don't use money as a sole subject.
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! I really went back and forth on the composition of this one. First I had four columns of stacked coins with a Gringotts vault door behind them, but it never really came together for me that way.
Furrylittleproblem12's avatar
Great concept :D And very nice drawing :thumbsup:
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! I got a set of three coins for Chistmas the year before last. Finally they're good for something!
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ElkStarRanchArtwork's avatar
what awesome detail on the coins! WOW, really nice!
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! I have a little gift set of a galleon, a sickle and a knut from the Noble Collection. Finally I could put them to some use!
Verlisaerys's avatar
Very beautiful! I love the details.
Ellygator's avatar
Thanks I had some real coin replicas for this one...
silverb's avatar
Great job as always.
Ellygator's avatar
Thanks so much!
Windestaenzerin's avatar
Amazing :-) you managed the mirrorings on the coins, the details, it looks so real
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you. I actually had three "real" ones to use as references...
Veronika-Art's avatar
What amazez me most of your work is the detail and care you put into it! It`s really 3D and so well done!!! BTW, you have an excellent taste for composition and your choices of are just perfect!!! So elegant!
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! I got three "real" coins from the Noble Collection, so these references were pretty great!
Veronika-Art's avatar
Oh dear, that is wonderful!!!
Veronika-Art's avatar
Amazes... sorry no edit! Typo!
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