The Fortune of 1999
I have been reading Roz Stendahl’s art blog for a while. She is featured in a few of my books on art journalling and I like her art, use of materials, and sense of humour. I just discovered today that she was involved in a couple of No Monet decks, particularly the Artist’s Inner Vision Tarot which I own.
So I went on a little scrounge because I don’t remember…..she did three cards for the deck (click to enlarge):
X WHEEL OF FORTUNE
ACE OF WANDS
SEVEN OF COINS
I admit to being a bit disappointed. Apart from the hand painted rose on the Wheel card, and the hand painted bird of paradise flower on the Seven of Coins, this is the kind of busy, muddled collage I find forgettable. When this deck was created in 1999, it was the style. Now we have seen so much of it, and so much of altered book collage and such that it simply looks a bit tired. Roz’s skills are much better than these samples show.
For me, I pulled back from Photoshop cut and paste and decided that maybe using my hands and real art materials is better. I still believe that. I find in Adobe Illustrator, the hand drawn aspect can shine through, and it requires some skill to colour vector art, so I don’t mind that, but Photoshop seems to have eaten our creativity and chained us to layers and tweaking effects, drop shadows and colour sliders for mixing. You lose the other skill in your hands and mind, and once lost it is very hard to pick up again.
Trust me, I know. Every time I sit down to draw something that I can’t get right, my mind drifts into how easy it would be to trace it off the computer and then fill it in. How easy to do a smooth gradient in Photoshop, to do a duotone or apply a filter or pop in a background or frame. Cheater. So, today these cards are about how it takes time to grow and develop skills (again) and the Ace is the penultimate fire of creative energy, combined with the changes of the Wheel, the turning cycle of one’s life, the way not one of us is the same as we were in 1999.
Which is a mercy I expect. I was a naive idiot in 1999, thrashing about looking to other people to save me, hooked to the computer, losing my real life. Hopefully today I have greater awareness and the ability to choose wisely, to provide my own harbour of encouragement and growth for the Self. In 2002, tarot cards gave me art again, gave art and writing back to me that I had left behind in life, and thus gave me back an ability to relish time alone.