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The Page of Wands-Prodigal Son by elftantra The Page of Wands-Prodigal Son by elftantra
The Page of Wands, as a tarot card, speaks of the impulse of youth; a high energy, potentially explosive, creative, and sexually charged being or condition. In my painting, this renegade energy becomes apparent in the image of the Prodigal Son, referencing both the root, as in "prodigy", as well as the biblical narrative of the youth who strays from the virtuous path, and in doing so, finds virtue at last. The boy as prodigy, a bright, illuminated spirit in touch viscerally with a divine source, is driven into realms of indulgence and the exploration of his curiosities as a means of self-actualizing without the filter of orthodoxy. This therefore, is a map of the quality of self purification through a process of trial and error, an abandon of references in order to reconstruct them first hand.

The wand to his left signifies both the Tarot influence as well as the egyptian scarab which governed the movement of the sun across the heavens. In this painting, the sun is partially eclipsed by a dark mass, revealing the youth's position at the moment between enlightenment and damnation.

Despite the page existing in a dynamic and complex state, his world saturated with vibrance, heat, and chaos, in his eyes a solid intent is revealed--a spiritual focus which does not bend in the quest to ascertain truth.
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farboart Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing painting Cody!
I really like the subject, details are beautiful; the infinite coming out of the smoke is so subtle, yet perceptible. I sense a bit of duality between the two fingers that hold the cigar, mostly on the nails. The eyes reflect a very strong duality! his right eye seems very innocent and calm, while his left looks much more challenging and "older".
Keep up the great work! wishing you all the best.
Big hugs :hug:
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elftantra Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
I really am so grateful for your sincere and enthusiastic energy, and how you share it with love and passion and constructive intent. I am glad you enjoy my last painting, and have taken to heart your interpretation.

Sorry I could not reply sooner, life is a mad rage of schedules and deadlines at this point--but all in all very upward bound!!!

Stay inspired yourself, always good to hear from you.
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obsoletemax Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
if you don't mind, can i do a pencil version of this piece? it's so amazing and i know my boyfriend will love it!
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elftantra Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Sure thing! Just give due credit for the original and shoot me a link to the final piece so i can see it and setup a link to your profile :)

Thank you for the love, and it is great you have such a good relationship. :rose:
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obsoletemax Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
thank you! :D
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CorvusCallosum Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Other than your outstanding I love the fact that you made the child look absurd in his indulgences and the idea of purification through trial and error.
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elftantra Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Thanks, I feel the prodigal son archetype, wisdom through trial and error, is a staple element to the human story, definitely.
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Cellarvee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
This is brilliant - such clarity and detail. I am soooo envious. :winner: :-)
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elftantra Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Thank you so much, i am always glad to hear such a great response from you.
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Mr-BingBong Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
a bit random but the kid reminds me of the kid in this demotivational [link]
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