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Nine of Pentacles

Tarot. For more information about the deck and to see the rest of the cards: [link]

Nine of Pentacles -
Material well-being and refinement, discipline in order to attain such, relying on oneself.

Her spiritual being is in communion with the material aspects of her life. She strives to make that connection musically through such an elaborate and mechanical instrument as a piano. This piano however is no pure man-made one, as it is tuned to the world around it, inextricably entwined into the fabric of nature. She is alone, in solitude and self-sufficiency. The snail shell she sits on and the spirals in the branches of the trees are a physical representation of the Golden Mean ratio, a continuum that approaches the Infinite, approaches balance, approaches the Ideal.

Medium: Watercolor
Size: 8.5x14 inches

Prints: [link]
Sketch: [link]
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One of the best examples I've seen of a character infused/melded into their card :) There's a nice connection shown here between the character and the fruit of their labors. Love your concepts!
Fengsune's avatar
1.618, 1+6+1+8=16 1+6=7 7Completeness, satisfaction, wholeness, desire, victory... one of from infinity.
RebeccaTripp's avatar
Wow! This is a wonderful image! I would be that woman. I shall retreat to my private forest of music.
Beutiful...hey, do you take commisions for illustrations for books?
puimun's avatar
Possibly. You can drop me an email at
I'm not taking new commissions until January at least though.
Thank you all the same...:D
centaurii's avatar
Wow this really describes me, lol. Love the colors!
Eolhin's avatar
Absolutely beautiful, both in colors and design. :)
KinjiraretaNingyou's avatar
very beautiful details, concept, and colors. the stained glass looks rather out of place. the colors on the top and bottom, the detailed simplicity, are an interesting contrast to all the action in the middle of the piece.
SusanR's avatar
Truly stunning, I love the seat she is sitting on - really cool.
MarinaMoon's avatar
Great composition. Wonderful idea.
Simbelmyne-hills's avatar
I am still in love with this painting and now that I got a subscribtion, I featured it in my journal.. :)
I hope you don't mind ;)

Can't wait to see your new piece of art!
:hug: :rose:
puimun's avatar
Thanks for the feature!
Simbelmyne-hills's avatar
You are most welcome.
You are one of my favourite artists :)
Valvador's avatar
Your arts stil amazing me... :)

LadyLeing's avatar
I couldn't help but let out a "OH WOW!" when I saw this. I don't think there are many pieces that makes me react like that.
This is just simply gorgeously done.
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bigartiste's avatar
Gorgeous (as allways). I love the colours and the detailing. It has so peacefull feeling.

Happy Traditional Art day! *hug*
I really love your works. Thanks for making them :D Wish I could paint like that.
tehuti's avatar
:wow: I love the trees and how brilliant the stained glass is!
sephirothxxxo's avatar
I love your use of symbolism in this. It's a refreshing departure from the traditional Rider-Waite symbolism. 9 of pentacles is one of my favorites of the minor arcana. I used to draw this card alot, so it' somewhat of an important card to me.

I play piano, and sometimes when I play I feel like I'm transported to this place of peace. I feel totally alone, but in a good way. I think that's what part of this card is about, and you've captured that so wonderfully. Enjoying the solitude and relying on your inner senses. I'm truly amazed!
Calined's avatar
the piano makes the whole scene mystical =)
DragoMajeec's avatar
Just looking at it, I can almost hear the melody being played. Very amazing art this is.
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I love the stained glass circle! The colours are very vibrant, and very pretty.
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