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Originally posted by baba-prague
........ It's getting better and better I think.
One of the reason I started this project was to have a reason to practice my watercolor painting. I love to paint, but to really achieve satisfaction I need to feel that I am improving my craft, or at least making progress. Your comment is encouraging. Practice makes perfect, but I am not very motivated by practice alone, I need to have some use for the resulting paintings. These tarot cards have provided much oportunity for improving my technique. The improvements are subtle but the temptation to re-do some of the earlier cards is growing. I am going to try to finish all 78 cards and then I will probably go back and re-paint any cards that are not quite up to par.

It is interesting to read posts by other deck creators in this forum. Chronata, your observations about your cards speaking to you and becoming 'active' in the creative process rings true. (I have been lurking about, following your progress, I love your deck by the way) I find that at some point in the evolution of each image the kitties on the card take over :-).

I am glad to know that the cats look natural. Some of the images are inspired by cats with whom I am personally acquainted through my work. Others are inspired by photos in books, magazines and cat food adds lol. An expression or pose that strikes the right tone. My co-workers see my own cats in several of the cards. The Fool and The Two of Wands, though not the same color, are most definitely inspired by my Bradlee (a.k.a. 'Mr. Wildman' to my man Keith. ) Quicken appears on the World, Strength and Two of Swords (on that card he is wearing a siamese coat, but the expression is all his own). I now have a wonderful vision of Yellow Bear dragging home a snake so the ten of Wands is taking shape in my minds eye.

I am having great fun. Thank you all for your continued encouragement.

Deb
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