The King of Hearts – Sher’s Chairs

This is the King of Hearts. This old unwanted Spanish style chair was a challenge.  With my first two chairs, Inspired by a Peony and A Bird in a Hat is Worth Two in the Bush , the painting styles were more loose. Each chair that I find seems to take on its own character. What to do, what on earth to do with this chair?  Hmmm.  Being that this chair seemed kind of regal, and masculine, a thought of a King came to mind.

Why not the King of Hearts?   My  study of this playing card had me a little concerned because Modern playing cards are filled with layers of meaning and symbolism that can be traced back centuries. The king of hearts is sometimes called the “suicide king” because he appears to be sticking his sword into his head. However, it is debated whether or not the sword and hand holding it actually belong to the king, due to a different design pattern that could indicate someone else stabbed him. The King of Hearts was dubbed Charles, presumably after Charlemagne. He’s the only king without a mustache, the only king doing something active with his weapon. The mystery deepens with an examination of that weapon, however: According to Wikipedia, it’s been suggested that because Charlemagne’s sword does not exactly match the weapons held by the other kings.

I am not a person who is into tarot card reading, etc. but I had to find a better reason to paint the King of Hearts.  

Here’s what I found. This is an extremely affectionate King who is looking for love and an emotional connection. He wants to settle down and is very family minded and is not afraid to show how he feels. A fair-haired man with a good nature; or a man with Water signs predominating in his chart – a fair, affectionate, caring man, offering helpful advice – this man helps you out without much talk. His actions reveal his kindness and concern.

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King of Hearts - Sher's Chairs

3 Comments

  1. corinne

    Sherron, your creativity is truly amazing!

  2. Veronica

    What a beautiful piece Sherron…a true work of amazing art!

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