Earth Wisdom Tarot Sacred Art

Revised Child of Water: Grandbaby Gracie

in Art, Family, Tarot

 I think I mentioned before that I decided to revise certain cards where I used a purchased stock photo as the main photo reference, because I'm concerned grey areas in the contract with the stock photo company. I'm playing it safe. Besides, my granddaughter Grace had not been born when I painted the Children a few years ago. This is based on a photo I took of her last spring, when she was about 16 months old. I transplanted her from a sandy beach in Maine to a rocky Northwestern beach.  

Today is my birthday, and next Tuesday is Gracie's second birthday.  Happy Birthday to us Cappies!  :-D

Hope you like the new Child of Water.

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • Debra She Who Seeks Thu - Jan 07th 2010 8:22 am

    The Child of Water / Gracie is gorgeous! And Happy Birthday to you!

  • judy Thu - Jan 07th 2010 9:07 am

    Happy Birthday to you, Joanna.
    what fun for you to include Gracie in your deck. It’s funny, I liked the first Child of Water cause she looked like me as a little girl. Gracie looks like my own granddaughter, Naomi… so that’s good too!

  • Jaspenelle Thu - Jan 07th 2010 9:17 am

    Yay for us Capricorns! (Mine is on Saturday.) Gracie is always so lovely in her photos, you have really captured that in this card, she makes me think of a gorgeous little merchild.

  • Marissa Thu - Jan 07th 2010 9:52 am

    Happy Birthday, Joanna. Gracie is beautiful, and it’s a lovely picture, but I have to admit that I don’t feel a connection with the card in a *Tarot* feeling. She doesn’t seem to be exploring the water at all. Her interest is turned away from the water, which is behind her, and she doesn’t see the treasures in the tide pools at her feet. Her feet aren’t even wet! She feels superimposed on the picture. Is there any way to put her feet underwater? The original Children are all so fascinated by their initiation into their element – that was the real draw for the first Child of Water, for me.
    The art is beautiful, as is Gracie, but for a Tarot card, I’m not feeling the energy for this one yet… That may just be me, but I hope that my honesty might be understood as constructive criticism… Your work is your own, and if you’re satisfied with it, then I will search deeper for a connection to this new card. I always did have trouble with change! 😉

  • Debbie Lake Thu - Jan 07th 2010 10:13 am

    Gracie will make an absolutely adorable Child of Water! And Happy Birthday to one of my favorite Capricorns and her granddaughter.

  • Danielle Thu - Jan 07th 2010 10:54 am

    Adorable! And Happy Birthday! Hope it’s a good one for both of you!

  • Nelly Thu - Jan 07th 2010 10:57 am

    What a darling! How wonderful it must be to have her become a part of this project (and how great for us, too, having heard so much about her through this blog)! I do have to agree somewhat with Marissa, though – as gorgeous as the artwork is, I wish we could see Gracie more involved with the water itself.
    Happy birthday to both of you! Mine is next Saturday 🙂

  • Michelle Thu - Jan 07th 2010 10:59 am

    I agree with Marissa, she is beautiful but doesn’t seem connected to the scene. Maybe if she held something in her hand like a shell or a rock, that might convince me she is really there…
    My other gut reaction to the card is that she seems too large for the card – like maybe she’s too big compared to the rocks? I dunno, maybe that’s just me.

  • Berthe van Soest Thu - Jan 07th 2010 11:20 am

    Happy birthday!

  • Julia Guthrie Thu - Jan 07th 2010 1:04 pm

    What a beautiful picture!! It looks almost like a photograph 🙂
    Btw, the composition works for me 🙂 xxx

  • Marissa Thu - Jan 07th 2010 1:46 pm

    I agree with Michelle’s second comment as well. The other three children seem to take up perhaps a quarter of the card, the rest of the scene being devoted to the element. Little Gracie, the smallest of the four, instead takes up half the card, and feels larger than life.

  • Mary Gail Thu - Jan 07th 2010 2:50 pm

    Love Little Gracie! But could she be put in a similar pose as the original Child of Water? …I agree with previous comments that I’m not getting a “Tarot” feeling with this new card. I miss the little girl’s interaction with the water.

  • Suzanne Thu - Jan 07th 2010 3:33 pm

    She just glows with life and happiness. This is a wonderful card. Best wishes to both of you.

  • joanna Thu - Jan 07th 2010 4:50 pm

    Oh thank you for all the good birthday wishes!! It’s been a grand day.
    Marissa, Nelly, Michelle, Mary Gail — I hear what you’re saying, and I partly agree with you. I do think the original piece was stronger as a Tarot card. But I made a big mistake with using a stock photo as reference for the little girl, even though I paid for it. And now I am out of time. My deadline is, um, tomorrow. And I am still in the middle of revising two other pieces where I used stock photos. So in the best of all possible worlds, I would reshoot some photos of Gracie interacting with the water and redo the card again. But that’s not going to happen by tomorrow, especially since she is in Maine where it’s cold and snowy and I’m here on the other coast.
    On the other hand . . . my friend Darcy mentioned how much love there is in this drawing of Gracie — and love is one of the key themes of the suit of Water. The day I took the photo of her that this drawing is based on, was her first day at the beach ever. And the look on her face is her delight at seeing the ocean for the first time.
    So I hope you can make your peace with this card.
    Many Blessings and thanks again for the birthday wishes!

  • pamela ramsey Thu - Jan 07th 2010 7:00 pm

    Happiest of birthdays to you! I love that Gracie is part of your deck now. I will look forward to receiving her. Pamela

  • Celeste Thu - Jan 07th 2010 10:08 pm

    Beautiful. And have a most wonderful birthday!!! Although there’s not much of it left. 🙂 But that’s OK. 🙂

  • Marissa Fri - Jan 08th 2010 2:45 am

    Aren’t deadlines a pain? But I definitely understand. And knowing the background of the photo definitely helps… She does look excited, and knowing that she really WAS having her first day at the beach, and remembering how much love has gone into this card (you mention Gracie so often, it’s clear how much you adore her!) definitely helps. 🙂 Thanks for listening, and good luck meeting your deadlines! I can’t believe that the deck will be *finished*! …and that I still have to wait more than a year and a half to order my deck! Brightest blessings.
    P.S. Your online 3-card Tarot reading application has been giving me some hope for saving my relationship with my fiancé. For opportunity, challenge, and resolution, I currently have the Hermit, the Sun, and Temperance. Maybe things will be better after some time apart, emotionally…

  • Rita Fri - Jan 08th 2010 6:08 am

    Happy Birthday Joanna! I’ve grown a lot with your insights, with your tarot art, well…with you and your vision. I wish you all the best, a road full of success and love.

  • Shell Fri - Jan 08th 2010 1:44 pm

    Happy Birthday, Joanna. Your Gracie is beautiful.

  • Carolyn Cushing Fri - Jan 08th 2010 2:18 pm

    Gracie is beautiful … it goes without saying :). In the composition there is a little bit of a feel that she is “too large” … but isn’t that a reflection of the emotional largeness that is the most wonderful and slightly mysterious gift of the grandparent/child relationship? There are no boundries, only joy. When I read with this deck and this card appears, it will be part of the meaning that I get / share because Gracie’s figure is so large. Good luck with the deadline!

  • Cate Sun - Jan 10th 2010 10:22 am

    Happy belated birthday, Mermaid Sister Joanna!