"The Fool" pen and ink by Bea Garth, work in progress for the tarot card, copyright 2016

“The Fool” pen and ink by Bea Garth, work in progress for the tarot card, copyright 2016

I finally went and did it and now I think there is no turning back! The other day I decided to go ahead and begin drawing and painting my own tarot deck. Christine Payne Towler suggested it might be a good idea since my work is “so iconic.”

The truth is after feeling a bit daunted by the prospect, by plunging ahead I have just discovered I am loving it. With this project I can combine my love of astrology and tarot  with my passion for making visual art.

So tonight I really went at it. I definitely am combining symbols from astrology and the  tarot as well as other sources, including symbols I like using in my work. I have decided to throw out objective reality and combine realities to create a feeling of the inner and outer planes of existence–which of course really befits the Fool.

Meanwhile I am looking at Christine’s beautiful and  definitive new in depth book on the tarot (TAROT OF THE HOLY LIGHT) as well as her new deck with her husband, Michael Dowers as guides.

I am very inspired! So thank you Christine and Michael, as well as the heavens for helping me take this step!! Since yes making 72 cards is quite a project. But now I see how I can do it, using watercolor paper and pen and ink with a pencil drawing first–and just let my imagination go.

I’ll be adding in color as I go of course. I will likely start with water color… I may end up with gouache or acrylic, but we will see.