This piece was originally a small talisman, a mixed media collage, scanned into the computer and turned into a digital painting. I literally painted every pixel using painter and photoshop software in the computer, which gives it this dreamlike quality.
Nothing in the image is hard focus, but rather a soft luminous surface of reflected light (detail to the right) to enhance the inwardly reflecting image of the Queen who is depicted bare breasted, holding her sceptor and wearing her crown. Her eyes are closed as she communes with the Divine.
This represents an image of the High Priestess or Empress as she sits in rulership over our lower selves, bringing the everyday actions of ruling our own individual kingdoms into alignment with the Divine aspects of our higher selves.
In the mythologies of many ancient civilizations women were represented bare breasted as a sign of strength. The Amazons of ancient Greek mythology were often depicted bare breasted. This bare-breasted sovereign commands respect for the archetype of woman as priestess. The piece is an affirmation of the beauty and sacred geometry of the human body which provides us a beautiful focus for mindful meditation, and through its connection with Mother Nature's sacred secrets, a path to the inner temple of worship. For we are each created in a state of perfection. The psyche, the temple and the body are interchangeable sites of transformation.
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