So here are all the drawings I've done to help me figure out what to put into the piece. So walk with me down my garden path, where I choose which way to go next, based on what I've just drawn each time. Most of these are in my sketchbook, which has 9 x 12" pages, so the double wides are 18 x 12". The colored drawing at the end is much larger, 20 x 26."
I made most of these drawings with black Rub-a-Dub markers and blue Bic pens.
In the 4 of Wands card in most tarot decks, the idea is of a very good place to be, being protected, happy, and satisfied. Very good news, getting this card, even when it's upside down. It's also considered to be the Venus in Aries energy, so loving, good things going on, in an assertive way. Some decks show a structure (the 4s are all about structure, stability) that's being built with the poles/wands.
So in this sketch, I was going with the idea of the girls at the Fair, and the four big wooden spoons are holding up the tent or Merry-go-Round, so they're creating structure. But it was just too cute for me. It's really hard to make little kids be your main characters in artworks, without having the whole thing turn too sweet. And you know I'll be writing about all kinds of stuff here, so I don't want that sweetness to be the main event. Sorry, girls. You have to remain in a drawing, not a quilt.
I also brought in Jimmy and some cats of ours and Denny's one cat Kami. (No dogs in the drawings yet, but you'll see one later, as I have Dog Fever bad now!) I put the café as a tiny building on the serving tray. Hmmmm. Gave Denny a big old bottle of Merlot to serve. The four spoons are looking almost like measuring spoons here. I like that, as I've done measuring spoons in a lot of my kitchen artworks!
I started drawing our feet as really tiny here. I like that.
At the Little Owl Pub, they have painted wooden spoons, with numbers written on them, in a big bucket at the bar, where you order. They give you a spoon to carry back to your table, so they know where to bring the order of that number. I loved that pub!
Back to the drawing caper for the 4 of Spoons!