Tempus Niblit

Quite a few years ago, I took a couple semesters of Art History classes.  When we studied the paintings of the northern European renaissance, we learned that what looked to the casual eye like a quiet domestic scene, of a woman reading in a window seat, for instance, was actually rich with symbolism in the details.  For instance, the type of flowers in the vase next to her had a specific meaning, and the little mouse down in the corner of the painting was symbolic of time.  Because time nibbles away at things, just the…
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Oak for Saint Brigit

Today is the feast day of Brigit of Kildare, a legendary Irish saint from the 5th and 6th centuries.  She was the founding abbess of a large combined monastery (both men and women lived there,) and was especially known for her generosity and hospitality.  She is also said to have founded a school of art, including metalwork and illumination.  The name of her monastery means 'church of the oak,' and it was built at a site that was holy to the druids who came before her, so I made this painting to honor her day…
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