Ariane’s Drawing Challenge: Cover
Finally some peace and some time for a full day up in my studio.
Oh man, I didn’t think I’d get to some art for the rest of the year. So, completely ignoring anything nagging, (read: dishes, laundry, vacuuming, gardening since it’s supposedly the last sunny day for the next week, C’s freakouts that a thing had to be done and done right now!), I locked myself into the studio and concentrated on our dear Ariane’s drawing challenge theme of “cover”.
I thought about it and ran thru all the different meaning in my mind, and then it came to me: To cover a card with a higher ranking card in a card game. Playing cards! Brilliant. I talked out a little story with Robbie and then made myself this irresistible, and undefeatable hand:
Here we have the king! He’s high on his golden throne. He’s a bit of a tyrant only concerning himself with wars and political gain. He’s indomitable and all powerful and, with his mighty power, he completely covers his subjects and…
…his queen. Now, truth be told, she’s a bit of a petulant and sulky girl. Married off to the king for political gain and only expected to look beautiful and to do her duty, she’s terribly bored and mostly spends her time locked in her own world, (by order of the king), and dreaming up nasty little schemes to play with her subjects. And now she’s found some excitement because guess who just came to admire himself in the reflection of her pond.
Yes, it’s the handsome knave. This one’s a bit of a cad and a bounder. He’s pretty like he knows it, and would like nothing better than to have a “card game” with the queen. But does he know she can cover him? Cover him with her watery world that is.
But she’s locked in her world. What ever should she do to get to the handsome knave?
Oh, wait, she has an ace up her sleeve. A pearl and ruby chandelier ace. Unfortunately, while the pearls answer to the watery queen, the rubies answer to the fiery king. It’s a bit of a tug-of-war zone. What can she do to get to play with the knave? Can she make the chandelier drop on the king? Can the queen cover the king? Who knows the answer to this perplexing question?
I’ll tell you who knows! The Joker knows. He has all the possibilities and all the strategies covered because he holds the cards in his hand. He decides which way the game will go, but he’s not talking at the moment.
I tried to find out what the ending of this story was, I really did! I even spread out my grandmother’s tarot cards to see if I could tell you, but the cards aren’t talking either. 🙁
So I left the players up in the studio under my grandfather’s gentle gaze. Maybe he’ll tell us in the morning.
In the meantime, won’t you pop round to our Rose Ariane’s and check out all of this week’s artists? That way you’ll cover all your possibilities. 😀
Wow…..there’s talent for you!! Very nice.
love your take on cover
and the story
and each player
so very creative
and that king~queen thing? sounds just like louis XVI & his marie-antoinette i’m at the end of, like, right now. (although the french revolution is very much happening where i’m at).
waw, veronica, once you set lose, you are unstoppable. i’ve enjoyed your story, your build-up, even the deflation could charm me so… x
That is a fascinating idea to play cards and wonderful story, thank you! xo Leena ps. The photo of your grandfather is charming!
your ‘cover’ are makings of a Shakespeare’s-play, I guess 😉 Each card a great painting with a pointed pose.
Thank you for locking in your studio up in the roof, together with your Grandfather and Grandmother (through her tarot cards). What a fine company!
Great interpretation of the theme. A whole world is unfolding! – eric
i am always impressed by you creativity … by now i should be used to it and yet …
Dear Veronica, how wonderful seeing you playing the cards in a completely new and unique way, very thrilling one wants to know how the story might end and yet this open end is so appealing with the promise of many stories yet to come. You should do a childrens book out of them.
Oh V … you are so clever!!!! I still think and draw stick people. I just love these…. wonderful cards, your Grandfather would be proud 😀