The Arbatel

I’ve been working on another piece in the Magic series, this one inspired by The Arbetal de Magia Veteran, a Latin grimoire of ceremonial magic published in 1575 in Switzerland. 

The piece features a blue sofa armrest to represent the mundane world, a zebra shark to represent the extraordinary, a pink-blue gradient to represent transformation, and a black hole out of which the elements arise, to represent an opening in reality.

So far so good. I need to punch up the highlights, shadows and details in the sofa and put the ‘zebra’ spots on the zebra shark, but overall I’m making good progress on this one and should be able to pronounce it finished in the next day or two.

Here are some work in progress images: