Young grasshopper

IMG_7266Given how enthusiastically I embrace TV nowadays, it sometimes amazes me to look back and recall how little I watched growing up, or in college. But one show I enjoyed was “Kung Fu”. When I added the silk image of a young person doing T’ai Chi to this cloth, the piece’s title suddenly and irrevocably became: Young Grasshopper.
IMG_7265The scan of the boy came from a collage, which eventually became a SoulCollage card. I just checked my Flickr set and it isn’t there — another reminder of the stack of cards waiting to be photographed.

I am on the verge of deciding to make my own Tarot deck — I have wanted to for years, and so what stops? I think it helped to read aboutย Mo‘s philosophy — that is, of enjoying (instead of avoiding!) the idea of shouldering a task which may extend beyond her born days. Definitely not an attitude I would normally cotton to.

IMG_7267More snow. And pounding rain last night. Some of the heaviest slush I have ever lifted (heating pad, here we come!) Because it was slush below and frozen on top, I had to chop it first with the half-moon edge-trimming tool. The good news? No water coming into the house ANYWHERE.
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8 thoughts on “Young grasshopper

  1. Mo Crow

    The Tarot is a big journey through the archetypes, I started painting a set back in 1975, finished painting the Prince of Swords in oils on a big canvas after many months, realised it would take a lifetime and never got back to it! But my friend Chester Harris made the journey with so much integrity. He hand carved the 78 linocuts over a couple of years of traveling & camping then went back to his studio and hand printed 61 decks, he gifted me with the Crow Deck, it holds the strongest magic of any deck I have ever had the pleasure to hold.
    Here’s some links to reviews
    http://www.tarotpassages.com/chesta.htm
    http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/chesta/
    and photos of the full deck on his Facebook page (his website isn’t happening at the moment)
    https://www.facebook.com/chester.harris.16/media_set?set=a.25129792651.47616.777922651&type=3
    an impeccable journey

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    1. deedeemallon Post author

      wow, those are incredible cards! each one hand-painted?!! and block printed. I love the sturdiness of the figures… will have to look some more. For my project, I am thinking along the lines of The Voyager Deck, because I, too, would collage the images… and maybe only the Major (“only”!!?!) We’ll see… I think it could be an amazing (perhaps also impeccable) journey. What made your deck “the Crow Deck”?

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  2. Mo Crow

    Chester had to kill a crow that had been pinioned by a farmer in his travels with the Tarot, the backs of the Crow Deck are screen printed with an image of that release from pain, it was gifted to me just a few weeks before my journey began with throat cancer 10 years it gave me strength.

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