Six of Cups Tarot.. Deer!
I have a bit of a soft spot for the Six of Cups. The first tarot card I ever pulled out was this card, and I’ll always remember that moment because it brought a smile to my face. It’s such a happy, sweet card, and now I finally got to make my own version.
I usually started off by learning more about the particular tarot card that I’m working on; then there’s the task of finding the ‘right’ animal with the right qualities that would work well in representing that card. But now I’ve kind of organized things better: I’ve got my nice long list of animals and the different qualities and symbolisms associated with them, and a second long (work in progress) list of the tarot cards and the qualities associated with them; so now it’s more of a mix and match type of thing …more or less.
I decided to choose the deer as the animal for this tarot because this card tends to represent happier times: innocence, nostalgia, joy and childhood. So I painted two baby deer playing on an open field, with their mother in the near distance to watch over them. Everyone looks relaxed and carefree and safe (for the team being.) I added a small stream to include the water quality of the Cups card (the only other Cups card I’ve made was the Nine of Cups and I also added some water in the distance) and I painted some small purple crocus flowers to represent the Six Cups. The crocus seems to be a symbol for joy and youthfulness as well. (A lot goes into planning these!)
I’m pretty happy with this one. These cards have definitely been a push for me to create more complete illustrations. Only.. er.. 60+ tarot cards to go! (Eeeep.)