Queen of Pentacles by WinonaCookie


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Original watercolor and inkline depiction of “The Queen of Pentacles” tarot card designed for an Art Nouveau deck. This version without lettering.

I designed this piece as part of a proposal for an all-female tarot card deck to be depicted in an art nouveau style. I also wanted the women to have different ethnicities depending on suit and for the deck to combine astrological (zodiac signs) and wiccan (elements, Four Directions, seasons) components into each card in a meaningful way.

I see Pentacles as an Earth suit, with an Eastern direction, situated at dawn during a bountiful and temperate autumn. Pentacles signify the sensuality of the physical plane, material gain and attainment, as well as being a symbol for the magical arts, the five elements of nature and the five senses. I wanted my Queen of Pentacles to embody opulence, sensuality and abundance. She says, “I Have”, “I Use” and “I Analyze”. I envision all the women in the Pentacles suit as being Latina and/or Mediterranean, and this Queen is lounging on her chaise in a lush garden at dawn, smoking her hookah and feasting on wine and fruit. She is surrounded by symbols of fruitfulness and beauty and her hookah is etched with the zodiac symbols Taurus, Capricorn and Virgo. She welcomes you to indulge with her as her nature is generous. All pentacles are depicted in earthy jewel tones.

This original artwork is copyright Ramona Szczerba 2010. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – image cannot be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!


art nouveau, garden, hookah, peacock, pentacles, queen, rabbit, roses, tarot, watercolor

When Ramona Szczerba (a.k.a, Winona Cookie) is not being a psychologist in private practice in San Diego,she enjoys creating whimsical children’s illustrations in watercolor, but also loves working with collage and assemblage. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in several publications including The Steampunk Bible and can be seen at www.winonacookieillustration.com. Originals available – check www.winonacookie.etsy.com for availability.
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  • zoe trap
    zoe trapover 4 years ago

    beautiful illustration, and the symbols are really potent

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookieover 4 years ago

    Thanks, Zoe!

  • scallyart
    scallyartover 4 years ago

    all these paintings for your cards are fabulous.

  • Thanks, Scallyart. Queen of Swords is up next.

    – WinonaCookie

  • Stephanie Smith
    Stephanie Smithover 4 years ago

    Love this! So rich and lush, in many ways… I hope your proposal is a success!

  • Eh, they passed on it long ago, but I can’t seem to stop painting them, so there must be a reason, right?

    – WinonaCookie

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 4 years ago

    Beautifully Drawn & Colored!

  • Thanks, Robyn xox

    – WinonaCookie

  • doreen connors
    doreen connorsalmost 4 years ago

    these are really Great!… love all Your play(work)!…. I know her!

  • You’re lucky! Thanks so much Doreen :-).

    – WinonaCookie

  • Rebecca Tun
    Rebecca Tunover 3 years ago

    gorgeous attention to detail

  • Thanks, Rebecca :-).

    – WinonaCookie

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