I had meant to put this up last night, but Patreon was down for maintenance, so now I'm trying to get back on-schedule with getting things posted here.  This is the digital artwork that accompanied the Icon Alchemy astrology blog post for February 6th, 2017.

I've got an insane quantity of photos of flowers and foliage from several years of attending the Boston Flower Show, as well as walks on the Shelburne Falls Bridge of Flowers, and those are just the ones that were actually taken on a digital camera - I've literally got a suitcase full of photos waiting to be scanned, including a ton of cemetary photos.  Most of those are not likely to ever see the light of day, because if I'm going to wrestle with my scanner I'd rather do so for the sake of my drawings, but still...  There's a lot of raw material for me to use in these digital experiments, and likely to be more now that I have a tablet with a decent camera and am living out in the woods.  

This was me experimenting with the kind of colours seen in a lot of skater and graffiti art.  I've been playing a lot with bright colours in these pieces lately, mostly because a multi-coloured bouquet like this doesn't reduce well to a limited palette - it turned into an incoherent mess when I tried to make it black and white, and I suspect that sending it into a straight black-and-red or black-and-purple palette (I prefer black-and-jewel-tones as my fallback colours) would do the same.  So this ended up on white, with really garish colours (according to my gothy sensibilities).  

Thus far, I am very much finding that these create themselves far more than I create them.  At each step, I see what turn the piece has taken and if I can find a way to move forward with it.  The piece is "complete" when I can't go forward any more and don't really want to anyway.  

I would have liked it better if the shot that I was working from didn't crop the top of the bouquet, but this was the best shot of that particular bunch of flowers that I had, so I went with it, since I really wanted to see if I could come up with something relatively coherent out of such a busy bouquet.  It's far from perfect, and I wouldn't hang it on my own wall, but if I can find a way to extend the tips that were cut off and clean up the edges a bit, I could see this making an interesting decal for use by people who favor this kind of colour scheme.  

That's the thing about art - I may make it to keep myself (somewhat) sane in a crazy world, but I am fully aware that once I've done that it belongs to the viewer more than it does to me.  So if I've got a piece that could appeal to a different audience than those I normally target, more power to them if they enjoy it and can use it well.