Original watercolor and inkline depiction of “The Queen of Cups” 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 Cups as a Water suit, with a Western direction, situated at night during a warm spring. Cups signify emotionality and beauty, pleasure and knowledge, as well as being a symbol for the unconscious mind and the dreamworld. I wanted my Queen of Cups to embody love, passion and beauty. She says, “I Feel”, “I Focus” and “I Believe”. I envision all the women in the Cups suit as being Caucasian. This Queen sits on a carved sand throne by the edge of the sea and contemplates her cup and the visions she sees therein by the light of a waxing moon. Poetic and imaginative, she is surrounded by symbols of fertility and nurturing and her chalice is etched with the zodiac symbols Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. All cups are depicted in watery cool 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!

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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  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 4 years ago

    Stunning- I love all the details and symbolism. This series is very special xx

  • Sandra Fisher
    Sandra Fisherover 4 years ago

    Absolutely divine!!!!!Love your work.

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookieover 4 years ago

    Thank you!

  • Atheum
    Atheumover 4 years ago

    Well done!

  • Stephanie Smith
    Stephanie Smithover 4 years ago

    Wow, this is beautiful at every level, Ramona!

  • Thanks so much, Stephanie xoxo

    – WinonaCookie

  • Kevin McGeeney
    Kevin McGeeneyover 4 years ago

    Incredible work Winona!

  • Thanks, Kevin!

    – WinonaCookie

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 4 years ago

    wonderful ..so detailed ..a very fine painting and so well done!

  • bouncy
    bouncyover 4 years ago

    FANTASTIC. Just amazing depiction of this image! Can’t say enough about how much I like your use of this style for the chosen subject. Well done!

  • Thanks so much, bouncy!

    – WinonaCookie

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