The Hart's Cry

Watercolor on illustration board. 22" x 14".

Fáeth Fiada, the hart's cry. Based upon a legend of St. Patrick. He and some of his early Christian followers were attacked by druids. He prayed to God, who sent a mist that turned St. Patrick and the Christians into deer. They escaped the druids into the forest.

I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through a belief in the Threeness, Through confession of the Oneness Of the Creator of creation...

I arise today Through the strength of heaven; Light of the sun, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth, Firmness of the rock.

-The Lorica of St. Patrick

Query Letters & Painted Deer

Yesterday I mailed the first query letter for my novel.  The agent I'm contacting has represented some wonderful books, so I'm hoping to get a "Please send more" response.  Hoping.  Then again, I think authors are supposed to get, like, twenty rejections before an acceptance.  So...I took a photograph of the letter when it was all pretty and ready to mail, then I realized that it wouldn't be smart to post the photo on the internet because A.) My address was visible, and B.) The agent's address was visible. Instead, please enjoy this in-progress photo of my St. Patrick's painting.

Creepy Druids

So I've been working on the St. Patrick's painting. (See the drawing here.) I'm making a sincere effort to make these menacing druids very creepy, because I don't usually paint creepy. The druid on the far right has a blurry lump for a face right now, because instead of an ominous stare he ended up with sort of an angry pig expression, so I rubbed out the paint. I'll try again tomorrow to give him a face...I've been sick the past few weeks, and I find that drains a lot of my energy.

Also, I looked at my blog stats and realized I now have 98 followers! Very amazing!  Thank you to everyone who's following me.   :-)