Sunny Days with pictures of the Queen and the Emperor

Its been a very busy summer and despite failing at dieting (although I must say I am failing ‘well’), old friends have been about and I am coming close to finishing my latest book.

Catching up with friends meant a trip to Rochester and peering into the wonderful cathedral brought me eye to eye with Her Majesty The Queen – two huge images of her in what is called the Jubilee Photo Mosaic, commissioned to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Made from five thousand photos, it was quite stunning. The artist was Helen Marshall, aided by Polly Tiles, a computer art expert. The piece is exhibited in the Nave of Rochester Cathedral from 8 to 19 August.

Jubilee Photo Mosaic of the Queen at Rochester Cathedral
Exhibited in the Nave of the Cathedral

Finding pictures for my books is never easy but I came across a fantastic artist who has allowed me to use a picture. Her name is Steph Roche and her website is: http://www.steph-roche-art.co.uk

She studied at Blackheath School of Art in London, then went on to Leeds. A copy of her contribution is shown here, I believe she has called it ‘Underworld Duality’ and for me it gives an evocotive view of early man’s perception of leadership, representated by a figure wearing stag’s antlers seated on a throne (as we know the Stag is the Lord of the Forest). So I am over the moon that Steph has allowed me to use her brilliant picture and after one more proof reading I will be publishing ‘The Emperor’ – the fourth issue in the series ‘Tarot Decoded’.

Underworld Duality is the title for this picture
An example of Steph Roche’s art. This picture will appear in The Emperor, Issue Four of the series ‘Tarot Decoded’ – This series is designed to assist in learning about the meanings of the Archetypal images of Tarot cards.

Steph Roche is currently exhibiting her amazing art at ‘Postcards From the Astral’
La Terre, 22 High Street, Glastonbury, Somerset.
From 14 Aug to 30 Sept 2012

This coin is from the fifth century AD, based on the Gupta style
The Huns were a force to be reckoned with and challenged the Romans, trying to conquer many parts of Europe in their attempt to build an empire. They feature in the Emperor as the history of empire-building is examined in this book.

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