Sunday, November 16, 2014

fool jester aceo

original ACEO 
(an ACEO is a mini 2.5" x 3.5" original drawing) 
© 2014
for sale through my Artfire on-line shop HERE

As stated this is a mini original drawing the size of a baseball card. To find out why artists make mini drawings, go HERE to a Wikipedia article on the subject.

I often start minis to see if I would like to do larger pieces with the same color schemes and subject. This is one of those pieces.

Why do customers buy them? Affordability, as an investment in case the artist gets famous, to frame for a small nook, to put in a book with your other ACEOs, and any other thing you can think of.

I have been drawing and painting fools since I began my art career. It is one of the dominant themes in my work. 

The fool represents wisdom (but it is often wisdom that is not heard or taken seriously). Fools were non-threatening entertainment for kings and queens, even if they poked fun of the royal figures they worked for on a constant basis. They were about the only ones allowed to jest! Many of them were thought to be insane, as they talked in riddles, and the jesters probably smartly played the part of insanity to keep their heads. Therefore, the fool also represents the unconscious. Since the fool is always represented by the numerical number zero in playing cards and in tarot decks, he is not really part of the intrigues and manipulations that go on in court (he has nothing to win or lose), but can sit in or substitute briefly if someone is missing from the deck. The fool in the Tarot represents a figure who is not conventional, who takes wild unpredictable chances, who is non-threatening even if he should talk about things which might normally piss people off. The fool also represents innocence, new experiences, an observer and speaker about matters pertaining to personal growth, a wild leap, a leap into the unknown, rampant untamed creativity and the willingness to forge ahead into new territory.

And by the way, in the midst of continuing in the fantasy art tradition I began many years ago, I am also pursuing an MSW, and taking yet a new direction with my art (for scapegoats, black sheep, for the bullied and abused of our society). More about that new direction HERE. That would be my one leap and leap of faith for the year!

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