Description & Meaning
A bridge of light and liquid
Between my two jars
Of spirits and spring waters.
Balanced in the quiet
between cool and warm.
Temperance for me
included having a balanced view and softened feelings. The prettiest
balance to me in terms of design came from the Italian classical
engravings from the Della Rocca and Di Gumppenberg art of the
mid-1840s and 1880s (Lo Scarabeo). On a recent trip to the Carmel
Mission in California and the Monterey Presidios, designed in
the 1600s, I saw resemblance between the beautiful classical Italian
engravings and art that decorated the Spanish missions and churches.
After a few sketches and studies, I finally had working draft
that pays homage to these influences--at least to my eyes. A beautiful
feeling of being quieter, relaxed and in good spirits came to
me as I finished the draft. I felt as if I drank good and deep
drinks of fresh water with a twist of refreshing lime or lemon,
just a spritz of cool spirits.
softer feelings of quiet and balance came on a recent vacation
when we visited the mission during a nice temperate day. We weren't
rushing about to any tourist stop, just walking quietly in a few
places that we picked to see. I painted the figure, hoping to
remember the softer and kinder feelings and the balance of feeling
very relaxed. I can do my art best in this type of mindset--but
this is hard for me to achieve this even before or after my normal
It is hard
during a workweek and other times to remember the balanced view
and softer feelings of a relaxed, more temperate time. And so
I hope this design shows and inspires a feeling of restfulness,
a good balance of light and liquid, and a spritz of refreshment
on your own journeys.
Mari Hoshizaki is a student of Western Humanities and Studio
Art in evening hours. She finds Western Tarot studies fascinating
and is trying to combine her other studies with the tarot archetypes.
Her preferred creative writing sources include poetry from Italian
literature and translated Japanese language resources. Her preferred
art uses watercolor and watercolor pen sketches from her original
photographs, and collage scraps from art magazines. Her dream
is to travel to the original sources of her studies in Western
Europe in a time of peace and prosperity.
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