The Queen of Clubs Stands Her Ground

When I start a piece of work I kinda have an idea of what I want to create. But more times than not, I’m usually lead in a direction which in the end has a lesson to learn or a message to pay attention too. I would say most of my work in the past couple of years has been a reflection of the stories my soul needs to tell and I’m just the messenger or vessel in which the dialogue comes through. Sometimes the piece is fun to create and sometimes a struggle. The storyline plays a big role in that I don’t always want to dive into the direction I’m lead and it’s hard to keep going, but I do. As with anything in life I guess it can be easier to walk away and not read the story or listen to the messages or learn a new lesson. My belief is they all come about and happen for a reason. Whether we like it or not we must pay attention to spirit, the voice of the soul and add the magic of the storyline shared with us to the canvas as it flows through our brush.

11x14 mixed media on smooth bristol of a woman know as the queen of clubs
Queen of Clubs ©Kimberly McGuiness

Introducing the ‘Queen of Clubs’. She has compassion, love and a soul full of never-ending drive to share her knowledge and help others move forward in a positive direction. She is a leader, a teacher, a mother, a friend who is forever seeking acceptance and validation in her work. She strives to make a difference in her life and in the lives of others and at the same time fears to share her deepest struggles keeps her bond to her wounds beneath the layers of her life.  Yet, she is strong and always stands her ground for what is right and true for herself and for others, even if she is the only one standing!

This piece reminded me of my strength and how far I’ve come. ‘Queen of Clubs’ is created on 11×14 smooth bristol paper. I used watercolor, ink, colored pencil, gelatos.