Otherworld Tarot, and probably no-one's favourite: the Five of Swords.
in some ways I like the keywords Alison Williams, the author, chose:
Admit Defeat. There are other phrases that normally come to my mind for
this card, like humiliation or a lose-lose situation. Yet, the
encouragement to admit defeat holds a grain of potential: once we admit
defeat we can let go and move on.
As for the visuals, a scary,
snarling beast looks back over its shoulder at us. Fortunately, five
swords bar its way. Though I guess if that's the way you were thinking
of going you're doubly out of luck!
Well, I got my acrylics out yesterday, but had to admit that it would be only the first of many sessions. Not just on that particular painting, but to get to know this new medium. In the meantime, I think I may follow Prince Le Normand's suggestion and try out watercolour pencils as a half-way house between already familiar techniques, and one that doesn't require as much set-up and clear-up time, nor have as steep a learning curve...
I am grateful for the advice of friends on alternate paths to take :)