Colored pencils on Bristol board,
12 x 9
Another Astroportrait. Isobel is my daughter, a triple Sagittarius (Sun, Moon and Rising Sign), with a predominance in Fire and Water. I wanted that her portrait had a surreal, magical quality, what I achieved using strong colors and abstract elements. My idea was to portray her as a little elf, as a fun thing. A unicorn was chosen to keep her company: a “lighter” symbol for Sagittarius, more appropriate for a child’s portrait than the traditional centaur. An open field with trees which leaves remind red flaming hearts compounds the background. Isobel is all heart, a spirit full of passion and intensity. A river runs trough the field – the water quality of her personality. Differently from the mysterious ocean water of my own portrait, peaceful Isobel’s water nurtures and refreshes, representing the caring side of her personality. On the other side of the background we see a deep sky, symbol of the desire for expansion and unlimited freedom of Sagittarius. Two hummingbirds, symbols of optimism – another trait of Sagittarius – come out of the deep blue. On her hair, a crown of lotuses, flower I like to use to represent the sign of Scorpio. Although Isobel is not a Scorpio herself, she’s got a formidable stellium (an alignment of planets) in this sign, what gives her a lot of Scorpio characteristics. The triskele on the right top shows the glyph of Sagittarius and the color red, for Fire. Red is also in one side of her clothes – the other is blue, for Water.
Ariel and The Lion