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Queen of Swords, Card by WinonaCookie
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Original watercolor and inkline depiction of “The Queen of Swords” tarot card designed for an Art Nouveau deck.

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 envision Swords as an Air suit, with a Northern direction, situated during a cold and bleak winter’s day. Swords signify boldness, courage, force and ambition, as well as the spirit and the world of activities. I wanted my Queen of Swords to embody the thoughtful and serene wisdom that can come from surviving sorrow and the strength to pursue mastery in the world despite it. She says, “I Think”, “I Balance” and “I Envision”. Her sword represents the spirit penetrating matter and informing it. I envision all the women in the Swords suit as being Asian. This Queen sits on a gothic wooden throne in a cold and stormy landscape grasping her owl-adorned sword and a silver flute. Keen, pensive and quick-witted, she is surrounded by familiars: steadfast and devoted hounds as well as black ravens, harbingers of strife and misfortune. Her silver crown is etched with the zodiac symbols Aquarius, Gemini and Libra. All Swords are depicted in dark and moody somber 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!

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art nouveau, asian, clouds, gargoyle, hound, oracle, queen, swords, tarot, winter

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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  • Belinda "BillyLee" NYE (Printmaker)
    Belinda "Billy...almost 4 years ago

    Fantastic, really spectacular work..you are amazing.!

  • Thanks, Belinda xoxo

    – WinonaCookie

  • KimTurner
    KimTurneralmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work – this has a really lovely feel, blue and grey are such perfect colours together too =)

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 4 years ago

    lovely work

  • IWML
    IWMLalmost 4 years ago

    are you making a whole deck? it’s going to be SPECTACULAR. perhaps the best looking deck i’ve ever seen… awesome.

  • At this rate, I will be still be painting them on my deathbead, but I do seem to keep returning to the concept. Sincerest thanks for your kind comments!

    – WinonaCookie

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookiealmost 4 years ago

    Thanks, everyone!

  • scallyart
    scallyartalmost 4 years ago

    this is faboulous as are all of this card series.

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosalmost 4 years ago

    This is beautiful..though there are another meanings for the suit…Swords…I think it more as relating with mental energy..with thoughts and intelectual issues.
    But I accept that some may thought it different about it..and so attacht to this meaning and of course depict the characters like that.
    As far as your writing..the depiction is perfect and could guess it without even having read it..and for that you are doing a great job.
    It is beautiful.
    Rosa

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