Lady of August
10×20 inches, watercolors and ink on illustration board with 23k gold leaf accents.
The Lady of August bears the Poppy and dons the stone of Peridot. The Poppy represents peace in death, while the Peridot will bring her strength.
She ushers in a time of reminiscence.
For Lady of August, I drew upon the themes of mourning and remembrance of the Obon festival of Japan. During this festival, lanterns guide the spirits of loved ones to and from the underworld. She is a Lady of guidance for these spirits.
Unlike the Lady of November, she is not a beacon for the dead, she is the river. She is the gentle stream that brings the spirits ever homeward and back again, protecting them on their long journey.
This painting presented quite the challenge balancing the ‘layers’ of the underwater Lady and the objects skimming the surface. Hopefully, I was able to achieve that optical effect with the layered inks and contrast/saturation!
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See Lady of August’s matching masquerade mask.