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Michelle Leivan

March 7th, 2009 · 3 Comments

Name: Michelle Leivan
Location: Kansas, USA
Title: Folly
Size: 20″ X 16″ X 3/4″
Medium: Professional grade acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas Glazed with a UV protectant seal.

From the Artist:
This is an original painting; it is not a print or reproduction. This piece was painted with professional grade paints to create a piece that offers cheerful addition to any setting needing a touch of vibrant color.

Presented here is Folly: number 0 in the traditional tarot and it serves the same purpose here. It is a wonderful place to start, many things are just perfect the way they are.

Here a young man starts his journey on a glorious sun filled morning with the innocence and frivolity of youth. His ever faithful companion mutt barks at his heels caught up in the excitement and worry of this new venture.

He holds a cup in his right hand with a gesture of a toast inviting you to join him as he boldly steps off the precipice into the unknown. In his left hand he holds a walking stick, providing him support when he gets weary or finds himself on treacherous ground. It also leads him with fiery creativity to gain everything he can from his journeys to become a wiser man.

A sword swings at the ready on his left hip, reminding him of the quick wit and nimble reflexes that will also sustain him through his journey. A single pentacle coin adorns his knapsack strap reminding us that earthly matters can not be ignored even in our most joyous moments.

Finally, a purple cone flower is gently swayed toward him almost in the action of pushing him forward or could it be that it is simply attracted to him by his soul filled with exuberance?

Michelle Leivan

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dina Kerik // Mar 21, 2009 at 11:36 pm


    So glad one of us experienced the Fool as the first image of the Tarot!

    This should be a gorgeous deck!

    Dina K

  • 2 Sonya Meglaurel // Mar 21, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    my eyes are all over this work. Pause at each turn in the road to pick up on something new!

  • 3 Marian Fannon Christian // Mar 23, 2009 at 3:32 am

    I love the tarot and have several decks which I have collected over the years. I would definitely add this one to my collection – I love the colours especially….

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