Hi, Today in the Celtic calender is Lughnasa, traditionally the beginning of the harvest season. It is named after Lu, God of Arts and Crafts who dedicated this festival to his foster mother Tailtiu, the last queen of the Fir Bolg.
In ancient times there were great gatherings of athletic competition and religious ceremonies. Traditionally bonfires and merrymaking occurred on hilltops, like the festivity mentioned in Brian Friel‘s “Dancing at Lugnasa”.
I have introduced you to the God Lu in my post “Mirroring Mythology” https://mcsirishart.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/mirroring-mythology-celtic-god-lu/
So for today I give you a dancer. The slate is called “After the Performance”.
I like the slate , her pose of her sitting clutching a cloth can suggest exhaustion or contemplation. I have had her for a while and despite offers to sell, despite trying to live a spiritual life and practice non-attachment, I have found she has grown on me. I am so used to seeing her, I would miss her!
Today is also a special day for me as it is my birthday! I won’t be doing much dancing myself but to all those who are, enjoy!
What a very Interesting Post and a Lovely calvinistisch too.I like Slate as well.
I love working slate, especially the Blue Bangor. Each slate is reclaimed roof tile some a couple of hundred years old. Each slate has its own personality even before I begin to carve.
I can Imagine that. I love the touch of slate it has a certain roughness and a lovely structure to the surface.
Yes, it’s a beautiful material but temperamental. It can fracture in an instant leaving no option but to pick a new piece and start all over again!
I have the same with charcoal sketches every line must be right otherwise it is ruined.
The patience,commitment & love that goes into each piece is worth the satisfaction it brings when the work is complete,Thanks. 🙂
You are very welcome my Fellow Artist.
Happy Birthday! Peace and Blessings.
Thank you, having a peaceful and happy day!
What a beautiful piece. I can see why you like living with her. I feel that way after I hit publish, I written, edited, edited again, found pictures, reject some, found others. Whew.
🙂 It can be a bit like that! But it’s nice to be able send them on their way too!
Happy Birthday !!!
i alawys forget the season names so it’s good to be reminded on the days 🙂
Happy Birthday and Happy Lughnasa and…
i’ve nominated you for an award 🙂
Thank you so much. I am really touched that you nominated me. Today is a bad day for pain. I promise I’ll reply properly once it has passed.:)