Seven of Flowering Hearts

Denise Weaver Ross

Albuquerque, United States

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From the original mixed media on paper
40 H x 26 W inches
© Denise Weaver Ross, 2013

ABOUT Seven of Flowering Hearts
The Seven of Hearts has seven layers and was in honor of my father was the seventh son of a family of 10 born in 1929 to a family of farmers and artisans. He was an avid gardener all his life and as a social worker and counselor spent his life helping others. He was especially devoted to children and the elderly.

Layer One – The background layer came from a painting of birds in an acacia tree, from the Tomb of Khnumhotep III, Beni Hasan, Middle Kingdom (c.1900 BC). I loved the fantastic birds in this painting.

Layer Two – This layer was superimposed over the background and came from a tomb painting from Deir el Medina , the tomb of Ipuy, from the time of Ramses of a man irrigating his fields. I removed the man and took only the orange wall, the tree leaning into the painting from the right, and the flowers that blend into the lower left of the painting.

Layer Three – The man and the arrangement of hearts came from the Seven of Pentacles in the Tarot. This tarot card has always reminded me of my father who was a large man at 6 ft 4 in. who I observed in just this pose, leaning meditatively on his spade, shovel or rake and gazing at his garden. While he was looking at his garden, he often seemed to be solving a difficult problem he was facing in his work.

Layer Four – This layer came from the traditional Seven of Hearts Card, but I have rearranged the hearts so that they line up with the placement of the pentacles in the layer three.

Layer Four – Then there are five swords extending from each of the six hearts and meet in the center of the image, suggesting that each stage of the cycle of life contains passion and pain.

Layer Five – In this layer I place the swords so that they pierce through the hearts. I came to understand from growing up and hearing of my father’s work as from my own personal experience and observation that growth often comes after one’s heart is broken in some way – after a disappointment or a loss.

Layer Six – The sixth layer came from stock art of a flowering vine, which originally had daisy type flowers. However I liked the arrangement of the vines and the flower.

Layer Seven – In the seventh layer I took a stock illustration of a bleeding heart flower and superimposed the distinctive blossoms repeatedly over the daisies of the sixth layer, making the flowering (bleeding) hearts look as if they are growing out of the hearts pierced by the swords.

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