I was asked to return as a contributing artist for the 2016 Kids Need to Read charity calendar project. I participated for the 2015 calendar with The Treasure of Generations, and was excited to create something new for them!
This digital painting was done for a friend. At first glance, you may notice the serene blue ocean waves, the faint morning mist and lush greenery covering the shoreside cliffs, the soft pastel clouds, with those at higher altitudes shining with daybreak’s first light, or the birds gently coasting on the breeze.
Hidden amongst the obvious are a few little secrets, creatures and spirits from Irish mythology. If you look closely, you may spot a pooka, a faery ring, a woodland spirit, the children of Lir, a selkie, and a creature whose cry is thought to have sparked some stories of the banshee.
Mythology is fascinating, and it’s especially fun to look beyond the more commonly known Greek stories. There are thousands of fascinating legends from cultures the world over, and discovering them is half the fun!