Now that the Global Talent Search dust has settled since the 7 finalists were announced I am rolling on to the next thing in good spirits, happy for what I’ve learned and for having made it this far. Thanks to everyone who voted for my tins, I really appreciate your support!! So what is that next thing? Well someone asked for a print version of my Peggy on roller skates painting some time ago and I finally got around to it this week.
Looking at my original painting it suddenly dawned on my that the two pendant lights could be seen as the two of pentacles in the Tarot cards. The meaning of the card is all there in that scene where Peggy is skating with Roger playing the organ piano in the background: dealing with a sudden office change, the uncertainty of her status in the new office, then learning to handle it by allowing herself to play and becoming more flexible. Like on the tarot card I added water to my sketch and an infinity loop around the pendant/pentacles.
I started out carving the sketch in a linoleum block then continued working in the computer. You can see a bit of the progression of the design below. To simplify I removed solid blocks like the painting and the back of the chair. Eventually I started moving things around and everything finally fell into place and started to tell a more compelling story: the office chair replaces the boats in the traditional tarot card and represents the old office in disarray. Instead of juggling the coins with the hands having them as pendant lights is like Peggy letting go of the struggle with a new ability to handle the ups and downs of life.