Painting #7: Eclipse!

BORDER PHRASE: “Round and round, I follow you, round and round, you follow me.”




HIDDEN HARE: Smack dab in the middle.

CLUES & COMMENTS: One of Kit’s least concrete clues: the ant near the hare is meant to imply Ampthill, which means “ant-hill.” He used the ant clue a second time on the Sunday Times clue.

I originally thought that that moon’s odd finger positions were merely sign language. And they may be — her right hand shows the combination of the letters I, L, and Y, which is American Sign Language for “I love you,” which makes perfect sense in a storybook of lost love. But upon seeing the solution I realized how crucial her hands were in this portrait.

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Eric W January 1, 2019 at 8:16 pm

Over the years I return again and again to these magnificent paintings which shaped my childhood imagination. They retain their eerie beauty over the decades. I thought about this specific painting recently when looking through my tarot deck. Card 18, The Moon, features animals creeping toward the figure of a woman seen in profile in the moon. It symbolizes imagination, madness, animal nature and the id. In that card, the creatures creep toward her; in this painting, nocturnal entities explode from her screaming mouth. Is there any illustrator more fit to illustrate a tarot deck than Kit Williams?


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