A going away gift for my friend Michael Garfield
, who is moving to Austin.Eight is the number of Chaos in alchemy, so I thought it fitting to use a Chaos Star. Also, there are 8 trigrams in the Ba Gua, and of course, 8 is the symbol of infinity.
After I finished this, I thought about how it was similar to a tarot card because of all the meaning I put into it, and then I thought, "Wow, I don't even know anything about Tarot cards.." So you can imagine I was not surprised in the least to find that this painting is directly synchronous to The Magician. Including the raised left, and lowered right hands. Just awesome.
I definitely feel like there's still something missing, I just can't put my finger on it... Prints of this are in the works today, as well. Oh. And the turtle is a Mata Mata.