"In honor of 2022's Year of the Tiger, I drew upon an imaginary place were tigers are protected from harm, where one can be wild yet serene, a witness to Nature's rhythms. May we all find our wild place in the coming year."
Uath, Fire Queen of Love
"Visual ideas often involve spontaneous connections, yet are also based on recent observations.
While gazing at the 6th lunation of the 2020 calendar, I noticed that the Hawthorn is 'sacred to
the Fire Queen of Love. Her bird is the night-crow; her color, the darkest black; her healing balances
blood, nerves, and spirit.' Drawing a crow felt as if it would, indeed, balance my nerves and spirit.
Crows are frequently seen on my daily walks: crowning one in my art is a vivid reminder that they
are beautiful queens indeed."
"On the Maine island where I live, there are wetlands near the sea that provide sanctuary to many birds. The red wing blackbirds are a favorite sight, as are moon rises, and both inspired this art for Luna Press."
"I created this image while dandelions were sprouting all over the Maine island where I live, casting divine seeds of inspiration."
"While visiting Dunquin, Ireland I enjoyed daily views of Inis Tuaisceart, one of the Blasket Islands off the Dingle Peninsula. The more I gazed upon its forms, the more I imagined a goddess rising from the sea, ready to embrace the new moon and all its possibilities."
"The hot red arc that peeks above the sea during a Strawberry Full Moon rise is enough to make me gasp, every time. She softens to brilliant peach, yet still casts her sparkle over the waves. The indelible forces of the Goddess bear fruit upon the page, when I head into my studio, still in awe of the visual memory."
"Living by the sea affords me the luminous opportunity to watch the moon rise on a regular basis. My lunar calendar gets me to my seat on time for the performance, which never disappoints. The art for this year's 40th cover is about keeping one's moon boat afloat: present and perched on a paper boat under a pastel sky, blessed by divine moonlight and a dragonfly."
Seven Moon Sonata
"Spotting a heron in the low tide is a magical event. I drew upon such an island moment for my Seven Moon Sonata, in which I collaged little moons like buds on a flower.
"The metaphors of flight combined with the seven moons reinforce the power lunar cycles have in my week."
Moon & Water: Old Friends
Joan S. Anderson
"This year's cover is from a series of tiny paintings done on 5 X 8 inch index cards. There is a Zen text by the same name, a teaching by Dogen Zenji, with this lovely quote: 'The mountains belong to those who love them.' Many of the paintings are published in a book/eBook entitled index card paintings: mountains & rivers, available on my website."
Moon and Mountain
Joan S. Anderson
"Living in the land of western mountains, I often draw and paint their portraits. This painting is from a series of imaginary flat-topped mountains, in the colors of The Triple Goddess: black night sky, moon-washed white peak, fiery foothills."
Apple Trees at Moonrise
John C. Menihan
Left Hand Crescent, Red Moon Waning
Joan S. Anderson
"I love the mnemonic of the silhouette of cupped hands to identify waxing and waning moon: right hand waxing, left hand waning — 'mnemomonic' after Mnemosyne, Greek Gooddes of Memory and mother of Muses."
"Mother Tiger awaits a message from Mountain Spirit.
The magpies jeer and cackle while her cubs growl and giggle.
Does Mountain Spirit reveal Herself in cacophonous joy?"
More covers coming soon...