Here's all the work in progress shots of the painting I did on my drafting/art desk and some of the thoughts behind it. If you want to see the nuts and bolts building process of the actual desk, check out this post
The intent behind the painting and all the symbols are all centered around ideas and creation. THE CREATION STATION. I wanted a serious reminder of what I intend to use this desk for and what I hope it will help me achieve.
I'm looking at these concepts as tools to help me wrap my head around stuff and where my role stands in the creation/unfolding of everything. Death and the maiden, fertility and decay, life and death, creation and stagnation, steady balance between the two. To experience anything there has to be it's opposite, or something that is not it. For someone in the "business" of creation I think it's a vital perspective to have an understanding of the other side of the coin. Sometimes you have to tear something down to build something better, you can only soar so high as far as you've been in the pits.
Saturn is all about limits and boundaries, constriction and restraint, order, structure and discipline, long term steady prodding progression. Planting your seeds now to reap the benefits further down the line, I want to do the artistic things now that might kind of suck, like cut and dry studying, to benefit my future self. I need a strong degree of self imposed structure to reel myself in and help get things done. Which is really tough when you're mostly just making things for yourself with no hard dealines.
Jupiter represents expansion, growth, optimism, hope, success, development, and manifestation. The two together have this dance between expansion and contraction and I think represent a great metaphor for steady growth, long term and short term. Pulling down good ideas from the imagination and slapping them down into reality. I imagine balancing on the crest of a wave going forward, the sweet spot that has all the momentum to push you forward without having to exert so much energy that you burn out. It's so hard to balance in that sweet spot.
The gist of the six sigils around the circle are along the lines of internal and external balance, and an intent to bring forth ideas from the ground of being to be expressed as straightforward as possible into physical reality. For me to almost be a conduit of the universe to spew out exactly as it wants and needs to, to benefit the most people for the longest amount of time, and to do that I myself need to be tuned just right.
Hope you like it!
Ideally I would have waited quite a while for for the paint to dry before varnishing it and coating it with the epoxy resin but I was itching to get to work. There's a chance that when you coat it with resin the paint will bleed into it and basically ruin the painting. Luckily that didn't happen! Here's some quick videos of the varnishing and dumping the awesome gloopy resin onto the desk. If you have any questions about how I did it just ask. The resin I picked up at Ace was called Envirotex Lite and worked perfectly. Definitely follow the directions and make sure you err on the side of excess as opposed to not having enough for whatever you're coating.
Thanks for reading!