I belong to a Meetup group in Barcelona called The Creative Group. On October 15th, we are meeting to look at art inspired by Tarot cards. I got the card titled THE LOVERS. Below there are some traditional samples of this card. Probably the oldest and the best known is that one of the Tarot de Marseille.
When I started this project I made of a list of famous lovers such as Anthony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet and I settled on Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera (both Mexican painters, active 1920s-1950s).
I used a vertical format, Very static pose, with the moon and the sun at the top looking over the lovers. On the bottom area I used some traditional Mexican imagery which includes the bleeding heart on flames and the ribbon with text on it. The whole thing is staged as a theatre production, very similar in pose to the RIDER-WAITE Tarot.
Media: color pencil. Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 cm.
I liked the result, but I wanted to continue exploring the idea of the lovers in a more abstract format. So I came up with this version:
In my second version I’ve kept the vertical format, as well as the imagery of the sun and moon. This version is much more dynamic as the lovers are now intertwined and look quite androgynous. The sun now comes out from an splitting moon. There is no background and the colours one title echo the colours of the moon and the frame.
Media: oils pastels. Dimensions: 21 x 29.5 cm.
This is my third and final version of this card:
This version is more traditional and yet more modern than the previous two versions .The shapes are rounded and geometrical at the same time, the image is flat, the lovers are static and yet the showing only their heads and torsos makes the image more dynamic. The woman is tied to the sun and daytime, while the man is tied to the moon (via the use of colours) and to nighttime. The green background is an allusion to nature. In retrospective, to me these anonymous lovers represent the first couple, Adam and Eve in paradise.
Media: watercolour and marker. Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 cm.