"Aces Down" Original Painting
Aces Down, 9" x 12", oil and digital on cradled panel, 2017.
This painting is half of the Deep/Down diptych.
This half of the diptych, Aces Down, depicts the Ace of Cups in the Reversed orientation. This card in the tarot represents the bottling up of emotion. The bees depicted here are a real treasure trove of symbols: they represent connectivity, industry, and creativity — all associations of the Cups suit. They are also very strongly associated with life and immortality.
The partner to this painting depicts the Ace of Cups in the Upright position. This card in the Tarot represents emotional connectivity and love. In this depiction, it is filled with water, associated with the suit of Cups, and also the element of transition. The two coins, traditional toll placed on the eyes of the departed for the ferry across a more distant River, are emblazoned with bees, which represent immortality, while the fly nearby is a herald of death.
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