Image from original mixed media on paper
26 H x 40 W inches
© Denise Weaver Ross, 2014
TWO OF BROTHERLY LOVE
Two of Brotherly Love has five layers.
Layer One – The Two of Hearts from a traditional deck of cards
Layer Two – The two main figures are from the tomb of royal estate supervisor Menna in (Dynasty 18, 1550-1295 BC). In this painting Menna, the largest figure, is shown twice. He is spear fishing on the right and flinging throwing sticks at birds on the left and supported by his wife on both sides. I transformed this into a scene with my two sons. I replaced the dual images of the wife by guardian angels.
Layer Three – Superimposed over the two boats in layer two are the crocodiles, once again representing life’s precarious ride.
Layer Four – In the middle is the Chariot from the Tarot. In the Rider-Waite deck, the warrior in a chariot pulled by two sphinxes, one sphinx is white and the other is black. This represents their father in warrior mode watching over his children. The stars and symbols on the charioteer also reveal him to be a warrior in the spiritual realm.
Layer Five – The final image superimposed on top is a double-edged sword cutting through both hearts, the Ace of Swords from the Tarot. This double-edged sword indicates dual nature of love; with great love there is great sacrifice. In other words, the brothers are bound together by the double edge of love and sacrifice.