2017 Jim FitzPatrick Calendar Collectors Edition
Collectors Edition Calendar with 6 Prints!
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2017 Jim FitzPatrick Calendar – Collectors Edition.
The Collectors Edition includes 6 A5 8×5 Prints! Delight your friends and family with this amazing offer!
This calendar features work from my Celtic collections based on the myths and legends of Ireland.
The calendar comes in a red sleeve and will make a perfect Christmas gift.
All calendars are signed by me and embossed on the front cover.
I only have a very limited supply of calendars and last year sold out well before Christmas.
For the individual prints just click the names!
January: THE CHILDREN OF LIR. THE ENCHANTMENT.
One of the three great ‘Sorrowful Tales’ of Irish storytelling, the Fate of the Children of Lir is probably the best-known of all our legends.
Lir was a lesser king of the mystical Tuatha Dé Danann, passed over for the kingship in favour of the warrior Bove Derg; he had by his young wife Aobh, three sons and a daughter Fionnuala. When Aobh died tragically Lir married again, this time to a sorceress called Aoife who became their stepmother.
At first, it was said, she loved them all dearly but as time wore on and she saw the affection the children were held in by Lir she became increasingly jealous. One day she took them away and once out of sight she placed them under an enchantment and turned them into four white swans at Loch Derravarragh.
They remained there for over four hundred and Lir had them entertained by poets, fiddlers and harpists as they sang of their sorrowful plight.
Then one day they flew away and settled in the Sea of Moyle between Ireland and Scotland, where they spent three hundred years enduring the cold and misery; from there they spent three more years in Erris, Co.Mayo where they endured even more sorrow.
At last their period of enchantment came to an end and they flew to Shí Fainnachta but sadly it was in ruins with their father and his people long dead. A saintly Christian named Mochaomhóg realized they could communicate and they stayed with him and were treated with great kindness until slowly they returned to human form but went from young children to aged adults to wizened and withered old ones over a short time.
They were baptized by Mochaomhóg and they died peacefully and were all buried together under the shadow of a high cross.
February: NUADA SILVERARM
Nuada The High King, was painted originally for the cover art of my major opus, The Book Of Conquests. It has been used many times and for many purposes, from a book cover in Japan to an album cover in the USA -and a whole lot of other stuff too. It was and remains one of my best works. Nuada Airgedlámh (Nuada of the Silver Arm) was king of the tribe known as the Tuatha Dé Danann who invaded Éireann (Ireland) in earliest times. In the First Battle of MoyTura, Nuada, while victorious, lost his right arm in this battle while in the second battle he lost his life. In his keeping was Cliamh Solais –the Sword of Fire, which, once unsheathed, was so powerful that no enemy could stand before it.
‘Then the second mighty battle-frenzy shook Nuada and again the guise of the Sun-God was his. From the red jewel set in his horned helmet came a dazzling glow of living fire which pulsed and shimmered. In his hand the rune-engraven Claímh Solais, sword of light, turned from dull silver to blood-crimson till it, too, pulsed in time with the jewel. As the gigantic Collector, emissary of the worm-god Crom-Crúach, turned to smite him Nuada called to his forefathers, then with an earth-shaking warcry he flung the burning sword of fire across the darkened sky and into the skull of the Collector. With a shriek that froze all who heard it, the Collector faded back into the bowls of the earth and joined his fellow-fiends far from the sight of man.’
March: ST. PATRICK BANISHES THE SERPENTS
Patrick was no slouch and rebelled against the rigid authority of Rome and allowed the Irish to keep their religious beliefs while incorporating Christianity into their ancient belief system. From then onwards Irish missionaries carried the gospels to Europe and converted many of the most barbarous and powerful tribes to Christianity.
The most potent and well-known myth attached to the mythical, not the real, Saint Patrick, is the tale of his banishment of all reptiles from Ireland as they were thought to represent Satan and his demons and were in thrall to the dark side of nature. The real Patrick (Patricius) was taken prisoner by Irish sea-raiders (yes, the Irish went a-Viking too) and brought to Ireland to be auctioned as a slave. It is known that he was born to a wealthy upper-strata family of Celtic Britons near the end of the fourth century. He is believed to have died on March 17th, around 460 A.D. PS. This is not a day to drink yourself senseless in his honor – back in the day Saint Patrick would have given you a good crack of his oaken crozier to straighten you out and put a strap in your step and sent you on your way if you overdid it on the demon drink.
April: BOANN BRU NA BOINNE
Boann was the river-goddess of the river Boyne and a warrior princess of the mystical tribe known as the Tuatha Dé Dannan who came to Ireland in earliest times in a fleet of ships that ‘sailed the high air and the low air’ and conquered the island of Éireann. She also gave her name to the river Bóinn, or Boyne, in Co. Meath, which runs beside the Brú at Newgrange.
May: CALLAGHAN OF CASHEL
This painting is the first of a new series of Celtic abstracts or illuminations. I enjoyed the act of design and composition of this whole series which I regard as more personal and original the the earlier Celtic Illuminations series.
In this new series I allowed a stronger and more simplified design to follow it’s own course. If I remember correctly my inspiration for the series came from a Celtic gold boss shield design from the cover of an ancient manuscript.
July: OISIN AND NIAMH
In Oisín in Tir na nÓg, his most famous echtra or adventure tale, he is visited by a fairy woman called Niamh Chinn Óir (Niamh of the Golden Hair or Head, one of the daughters of Manannán mac Lir, a god of the sea) who announces she loves him and takes him away to Tir na nÓg (“the land of the young”, also referred to as Tir Tairngire, “the land of promise”). Their union produces Oisín’s famous son, Oscar, and a daughter, Plor na mBan (“Flower of Women”). After what seems to him to be three years Oisín decides to return to Ireland, but 300 years have passed there. Niamh gives him her white horse, Embarr, and warns him not to dismount, because if his feet touch the ground, those 300 years will catch up with him and he will become old and withered. Oisín returns home and finds the hill of Almu, Fionn’s home, abandoned and in disrepair. Later, while trying to help some men who were building a road in Gleann na Smól lift a stone out of the way onto a wagon, his girth breaks and he falls to the ground, becoming an old man just as Niamh had forewarned. The horse returns to Tir na nÓg. In some versions of the story, just before he dies Oisín is visited by Saint Patrick. Oisín tells the saint about what happened and dies.
Sadb was a cult warrior goddess in the County Kerry region and goddess of all the arts -and the mother of the warrior poet Oisin, son of the greatest of all the Fenian warriors, Fionn MacCumhaill. She was a shapeshifter who appeared as a deer to lure Fionn into her company and as a result of this tryst the poet Osin was born. She is remembered in many place-names in Ireland to this day.
This painting was originally commissioned by the Cahersiveen Music Festival in 2001. Cahersiveen translates roughly ‘The Fortress of Siveen or ‘Young Sive”.
October: LUGH RIDES TO BATTLE
November: ST. JOHN PEACE ON EARTH
December: SIOCHRA THE SNOW FAERIE