It’s funny, isn’t it, to fall a little bit in love with a piece of artwork you’ve created?
That’s how I feel about my newest piece, the Hanged Man, which I have renamed The Tree.
I just love her, love her, love her. Now that’s a little embarrassing to say, but I do. And I’m not even quite sure why. I think it’s partly the colors. The blue and gold remind me of that luminescent quality of September here in the Northwest — the clear, deep blue skies and the golden big leaf maples.
I also love the juxtaposition of the figure’s serenity, grace and balance with the edginess of the off-kilter horizon line and her upside down body. I love the dreaminess of her torso dissolving into clouds.
This is truly one of those pieces where I feel that something other than my own creative vision came through. It’s more than what I planned — something more, and something deeper.
Why the name change? Just adding a little bit more mystery to an already mysterious card. There is almost always a “tree of life” in every Hanged Man card. And our figure here is in the yoga posture called vriksha-asana — the Tree.