18 x 18 on hardboard
Spritely things awake from slumber, Brigid blesses the mantle.
This piece honors St Brigid’s Day (Feb 1), also known as Imbolc, the traditional Celtic start of spring. A lovely time when Earth turns toward warmth. It marks the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox, an important cross-quarter of the Wheel of the Year and observance of the seasons. Imbolc comes from the old Irish word “in the belly” and refers to the pregnancy of ewes. Tradition encourages one to drape a shawl on the eve of Imbolc, asking Brigid to bless new births. My version pays homage to Celtic spring with a cloak of grass made of tiny seeds embedded in limestone with earth pigments, iron and acrylic.
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