As promised, here is my Monday blog for those that want to learn more about my artwork and my tarot deck. Today I'll be discussing a piece I really enjoyed creating. One of my only characters that is an American Icon in my eyes, today! Not in the 30's or 40's but a living person that I do not know personally but felt from how little I know about his story, represented a state of mind I wanted to embrace at the time I made it. About a year ago, my boyfriend Joel and I went to NYC for a vacation and to do a one night art show at Niagara.
We were wondering around with our friend from Seattle, Colby, getting coffee and chatting. When we finally had to part ways she gave us some directions to a place she said I would especially love. Well who am I to argue with someone who's known me for 12 years or so and being a tourist and all, we headed that way.
Wedged right in between a bunch of buildings was this blue tent, with vintage furniture and so on scattered all on the sidewalk. At the entrance to the tent there was an extremely tall man dressed straight out of the old west sanding a bench with a cigarette crunched in between his teeth. Well instantly Joel and I both thought he would be a great subject for a new piece.
I was a little nervous since a large majority of my subject matter has been gone for many years but thankfully, he gave it his blessing with a few words in an email. After I read more about him I felt even more compelled to complete this piece and the nerves subsided.
King of Coins
Inspiration behind the piece
In Manhattan NY, you will find a tent currently fighting city authorities for a space it has occupied for a long time. Billy Leroy, owner of Billy's Antiques & Props continues to provide his wares despite an ongoing bureaucratic assault to push him off the land and make room for developments such as corporate retail locations.
In the photo above he receives his property back, after a fight with the city, claiming the property was stolen. With the help of a good lawyer he was able to prove that not to be the case. I appreciate that he doesn't seem to succumb to pressure. I think he's a real statement about what is happening to business owners in this country. Just moments before I arrived at his tent, down the street was a corporate retail store with a line of boring looking teenagers wrapped around the building waiting to meet Kim Kardashian, who was apparently there to sign autographs and sell something she had nothing to do with making I'm sure.
But he seems to persevere incredibly well and continue to do things his way, including only excepting Euros when the economy crashed a few years back! Regardless of what new things might sprout up around him and I have a lot of respect for that.
Here is a trailer for a movie he did fairly recently.
The King of Coins is a reliable man, practical, intelligent, and successful in business. He is someone you can rely on. When you draw this card in a reading, you have practical wisdom and are capable of great success in matters of business. If the card is reversed, take care that you do not become too greedy or materialistic.
I almost always consider it a very good omen when I get this card. It means your making smart, practical and strategic decisions in matters of business right now and who doesn't like to be told that? :)
If you would like to see this piece in person and live in the Seattle area, it continues to hang at The Highline on Capitol Hill. It is mounted in a large 1920's window and is decorated with old bottles and bones.
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