While examining these cards with a magnifying glass I realized that the whitish blue backgrounds were all the same. Then I noticed that the wands had been copied between cards, sometimes tweaked a bit by taking off branches or adding leaves. Altered wands from one card show up as a staff in another. One cup was painted and then copied to make several cups, sometimes flipped horizontally to provide interest. Swords were done similarly with sizes going up or down depending on the composition. Butterflies from one card show up on another. While these cards were hand painted, it became obvious that they were assembled digitally, with elements copied to provide continuity.
From the description, I had assumed that each card had been hand painted as a stand-alone painting which is not totally the case. The collage is beautifully and expertly done, and it does provide continuity, but is disappointing given what I expected.
KNIGHT OF SWORDS
Mr. Harum-Scarum my buddy. He often comes up for me. I must watch that I don’t go off rapidly, travelling to realms I never meant to go to.
He says “Hey, you birds! Didn’t I just see you over there???!!!” Roll with it Mr. H-S, roll with it.
He yells “Happy Sunday!” and dashes off toward the horizon.