The elaborate process of layering images is done and here is the final version of my Kabbalah book cover. The book, "Meditation, Magic, and the Tree of Life," is authored by Andrew Highfield, a British Western-Esotericist concentrating on the non-Jewish Kabbalah and its imagery. Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, has been part of European esotericism since the Renaissance. Kabbalistic ideas have percolated into alchemy and Freemasonry and some of the symbols in this illustration come from those areas. In the center is the "Tree of Life," with its ten "stations of emanation." This is, as I describe it, a "flow chart of the Universe," or how divine energies flow from the Deity into the layers of the world. I like my mysticism with lots of color and symbolic imagery so this, to be sort of British, is my cup of tea. I don't know when the book is coming out but it will be available as both e-book and paper volume.
Digital work incorporating an earlier painting of the Tree from 1986. Photoshop on Cintiq, February 2017. Click on the image for a larger view.