KarisMa, Goddess Artist


Posted on: March 26, 2009


Right on the day of spring Equinox, I finished my “Temperance” piece, the result of my contemplation on unity and duality, thesis and anti-thesis.

Unity could and should be accomplished, as in the soul, so in the world, too: Yin and Yang, masculine and feminine, Sun and Moon, water and fire, night and day, everything can be reconciled. The duality and separation are only an illusion. Temperance comes from the Latin word temperare, which means to temper, “mingle in due proportion”… and indeed, it is this right proportion, that can blend and unite the contending forces and create a beautiful harmony… Isn’t that a good message to the world, which is leaning so much in one direction?

This painting is very alchemical; you can even relate it closely to the “Temperance” Tarot Trump. Reconciling of the opposites is possible, but only with ultimate patience and moderation.

The characters in my painting are Selkie (representing Water) and Fire-bird (obviously, for Fire)… There is a right amount of force applied between the two, so neither does the Selkie completely drown the Firebird, nor she is combustive enough to evaporate him away. They blend together and form a whirlpool of energy. Working on this piece was part of my deep psyche work and it lasted over a year, and finally it is finished.

Selkies are mythological seal shape-shifters, they can drop their skins on the shores and turn human; Firebird is a mythical shape-shifter from Russian mythology, she can turn from a bird into a fiery woman so I blend not only the energies but also the characters from two cultures quite distant from each other.

The size of the painting is 80×100 cm, medium is oil on canvas, gold leaf, and lots of sparkling powder. To further inquire about the piece, please go to www.karismartic.com


2 Responses to "Temperance"

I am in love with this pic too!

thank you I am blushing 🙂

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