Meeting a great artist who I only knew through the Cards

I was fortunate enough to speak to David Palladini via phone when Tarot Pathways interviewed him for our podcast. He was very sweet and endearing. He shared with us his insight into art and how he came to create the Aquarian Tarot and then later the New Palladini deck.

We spoke to him about the book he is working on as well as had him share a passage from it with our listeners. Afterwards we got to chatting and he let us know that if we were ever able to come down to Southern California, we should call him as he would love to meet Anastasia and I. We both thanked him and then realized we would be going down that way in mid July for the Central Coast Renaissance Fairefor the 25th anniversay of my former Renaissance Guild, Santa Maria.

We contacted David and arranged to meet him for lunch on the Monday following the faire. We headed to The Sherman Library and Gardens. We showed up on time for lunch but we didn’t know what David looked like, but there was a handsome older gentleman with lovely brown eyes looking at us as we entered the gardens restaurant. It was David. He smiled and I have to say I kinda melted. He smiled and hugged us then held our chairs for us to sit at the table. When he spoke it was in soft gentle tones. We discussed life in Europe as well as creating art and how he created the decks he was inspired to make. He also shared about his passions about painting and how it brought him to Southern California. We discussed life, food, Europe, Jamaica and our tarot experiences. The afternoon sped by.

After lunch, the three of us wondered through the gardens and David pointed out some of his favorite plants and things he found enchanting about the garden. There was amazing roses, a water lily pond with lotus growing in it and an amazing twisted tree growing by the library building itself.
It was terrific afternoon and I hope I am fortunate enough to meet with him again.

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