Earth Wisdom Tarot Sacred Art

Work in Progress: Crone, Step 2

in Art, Creativity, Wheel of the Year, Work in Progress

November. I love the muted colors of gray and green outside my studio window, with splashes of crimson red, terra cotta, and yellow ochre against a background of deep cedar green.

I love going for walks and coming home with wet leaves and seedpods stuck to my boots, and I love carrying those colors with me into the studio.

I love the shapes, colors and textures of oak, maple, and alder, stained by rain . . .

She’s coming along nicely, isn’t She?

(You can see the sketch here.)

Thoughtful, sparkling comments. . .

  • Dionne, the Tea Priestess Thu - Nov 17th 2011 5:31 am

    I believe this is going to be a really stunning art work. The Crone in all her beauty is so under represented. Truly lovely start!

    • Loran Thu - Nov 17th 2011 8:39 pm

      I agree Dionne, we need more beautiful Crone representations and artists like Joanna to do them!

      • Joanna Fri - Nov 18th 2011 6:05 am

        Thanks Loran!

  • Joanna Thu - Nov 17th 2011 5:53 am

    Oh thank you, Dionne. Deep appreciation!

  • Danielle Thu - Nov 17th 2011 6:45 am

    She looks beautiful and wise. Just a question. What is the salt shaker for that I saw in your work space? Is there some artist’s trick involving salt, or were you snacking while you worked 🙂

  • Joanna Thu - Nov 17th 2011 6:48 am

    Thank you Danielle. Snacking on salt?? LOL Nope, it’s an old watercolorist’s trick that I used on the ink. You sprinkle salt onto the wet ink (or paint) and it makes those lovely mottled textures. After the paper dries (sometimes with the help of a blowdryer), you brush the salt off.

    There are layers of smudged oil pastels in different colors under the black ink.

  • Kat Robb Thu - Nov 17th 2011 9:16 am

    She’s beautiful!

    • Joanna Thu - Nov 17th 2011 9:26 am

      Thank you Kat! <>

      • Joanna Thu - Nov 17th 2011 9:28 am

        I meant to write: Thank you Kat {{waving to southern California!}}

        • Kat Robb Thu - Nov 17th 2011 10:16 am

          We still think of you every Womenspirit Faire. I get to read to read from my new book of pagan children’s bedtime stories at the Faire in a few weeks. Yay!

          • Joanna Thu - Nov 17th 2011 2:47 pm

            Oh that’s so lovely to hear, Kat! Where can I check out your book?

          • Kat Robb Thu - Nov 17th 2011 5:59 pm

            It’s on Amazon.com and it’s called “The Heart Town Witch & Other Stories. I’m reading the Lonely Little Star and Bjorn the Bear and the Littlest Druid at Faire. All Winter Solstice stories. I’m having fun. 🙂

          • Joanna Fri - Nov 18th 2011 6:03 am

            Kat, I will go look for your book on Amazon! I am always looking for good stories, especially Winter Solstice ones. Blessings.

  • Carolyn Cushing Thu - Nov 17th 2011 1:13 pm

    I love how you let us peer into your process!

    • Joanna Thu - Nov 17th 2011 2:47 pm

      thanks Carolyn!

  • Danielle Thu - Nov 17th 2011 2:21 pm

    What a cool trick! I can see the texture and the different layers of color underneath. I guess I know what I am going to do when I get home from work! Thanks for sharing your process, and I can’t wait to see how it progresses!

    • Joanna Thu - Nov 17th 2011 2:48 pm

      Have fun, Danielle! (BTW, it’s best to dilute the ink, or else use watercolor; then use a tissue to lift up some of the ink. For best effects!)