Hide Away with the Nine of Swords
Posted by Jo @ Rainbow of Crazy
I still find the swords to be the hardest to create. All of my wands and cups and pentacles have been more organic symbols, but swords? Swords are swords are swords. One or two swords isn’t too bad to plan out. But it’s a balance game to have a large number of swords in a painting while not having them overwhelm everything else, and still have an image that works symbolically. Thankfully I think I managed to work it out with the Nine of Swords.
With distinct looking swords, I think it worked out to paint them as silhouettes in this tarot. I don’t think there was a need to add in extra colours this time around. The Nine of Swords is hardly a colourful tarot. Sadly, this is quite the sad card. I felt that the bat (in this case, a flying fox) would be fitting with the sorrow and fear of this tarot. High above everything else, wrapped up in itself, nothing else seems to matter except its own despair. Not only is this a hard card to learn about, but it’s definitely one that can hit the hardest.