Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Cailleach


How old is the Cailleach? Wouldn't we all like to know. This illustration was inspired by a re-telling of the story by the Oh-Aissieux at the Narrative Arts Club the other week. I only found out after I finished the illustration that the Cailleach represented winter, the ancient earth and especially the mountains in Irish mythology. If you see a lichen covered rock, that belongs to the Cailleach. Seeing her here, she reminds me a little of the large lichen covered, yellow-green rock that stands just inside the main entrance gates to Stephen's Green. Or maybe I'm getting a bit carried away...!
The image was worked up from the below sketch, done at the storytelling session. They're lovely story-telling events, drop in if you're in the neighbourhood.

7 comments:

Lucky Fish said...

This one is so beautiful! The pencil/graphite one looks even better in your sketchpad :)

Fran Johnston said...

Very nice Sarah. Nice earthy colour scheme.

Mary said...

Love the worked up sketch also, Sarah. Interesting story.

Ciaran.L said...

Really nice Sarah, love the textures you get in your coloured pieces.

The Oh-Aissieux said...

Thanks, Sarah. I loved your Cailleach from the moment I saw her on the page. You have captured her spirit so well! And, like Ciaran, I particularly like the texture behind her in the colour version. It's of immense inspiration to see all the sketches, as a very tangible kind of feedback re what the listener's experience was.

James Moone said...

Great illustration Sarah, love your textures and I see what you mean regarding the Stephens Green stone.

Rock on!: )

James

Cris said...

Wow! Amazing illustration!