I have been working on this painting now for almost a year and it took me so long to complete because of procrastination, major life events and lack of time. If this canvas could talk, it would tell tales of major losses in my life, additions, new people, new projects and lost friends.
I immediately knew what I wanted to paint on this rectangular canvas, but as I continued painting, I felt it right to add the paths and Left and Right Pillars of the Qabalic Tree of Life. Further more, I decided to take the term ‘tree’ literally and liberally added leaves, vines and branches to the Tree itself.
The Tree of Life is a tool used to categorize and organize various mystical concepts, and is central to the teachings of Aleister Crowley and the Qabalah. At its most simple level, it is composed of ten spheres, or emanations, called sephiroth (sing. “sephira”) which are connected by twenty two paths.
This piece is acrylic on canvas. It measures 4 x 2 feet and was finished with Liquitex glaze.
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