Sunday, 9 January 2011

Lunar Day 6: The Swan - Children of Lir




Today is Swan Day... I took a walk on the Heath, and for the first time in weeks, the sky was blue, even though frost was still on the ground. I fed all my bread to my Crow family, and did some sketches of them, circling and cawing and then I met my friend Zoe; we continued our walk and met this handsome chap. To be honest he wasn't impressed that I'd fed all the bread to the Crows, but I did promise him a portrait (and possibly some cake next time I visit!) and so here he is...

Later today Ciara mentioned the Children of Lir legend on facebook, and so I googled off and read the story, with the above being the result of both encounters!

What I like and am enjoying most about this Lunar challenge, is that I'm indulging in being more 'sketchy' again. There are those that would say I'm always sketchy :) but of late I've become more polished and precise in my work. Those who knew me at art college knew that I was extremely loose and impulsive with my art, however things shift and change and our aims and styles evolve. Through this blog I'm revisiting a looser style, hopefully with some of the supreme wisdom (JOKE!) which I've gained over the years...

Any way, I hope you like!
I Love Swans...
I just Love Crows a lil bit more ;)

2 comments:

Ciara Fitz x said...

I grew up fascinated by that story...forgot it was 900 years not 100 years that the curse lasted, and then they died shorty after, everytime I look at a swan now, I still think....I wonder if you're really human!! Thank you Laura...you made my day with that beautiful sketch xxx Crows are another story..and plenty of Irish folklore about them too!!!! lol

LauraRedWitch said...

Thank Ciara, and thanks for letting me know about the story... yes it is rather sad isn't it!
There is indeed a lot of Irish folklore about Crows :) How I love Irish folklore :) x