Friday, March 10, 2006


A couple of years ago I painted a small series of Celtic crosses. I'm not sure what the initial attraction was: the long history or maybe the fact that this style of cross seemed to me like a bridge between two faiths? In any case, it wasn't until I had painted five or six of them that a friend pointed out that Celtic crosses and other Celtic knotwork designs are a particular favourite among the hog-riding, tattoo-sporting crowd. How ignorant was I?

For Illustration Friday I've taken four of these 'tattoo' paintings, photoshopped each one slightly, then made a random mosaic using two each of the originals and the manipulations.


Blogger carla said...

The detail on these is amazing! I have always been fascinated by the intertwining lines of celtic art. It must have been very zen like painting these...getting into the twists and turns and being so precise. They're beautiful! How large is each individual painting?

10/3/06 10:14 a.m.  
Blogger AscenderRisesAbove said...

They are wonderful! I think they would make great tiles for a bath or kitchen; each unique and colorful.

10/3/06 10:16 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Carla and Ascender: Thank you and the sizes vary. The largest (the first one) is 36" x 36" and the smallest (the second) is only 12" x 12".

10/3/06 10:49 a.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

These are lovely! I've always admired celtic knotwork (without being a hog-rider - what is that?) and these are fabulous examples. I really like the way you've made a composite from them.

10/3/06 11:00 a.m.  
Blogger The Unknown said...

HA! My brother is a hog-rider and sporter of many a Celtic tattoo. Your Celtic designs are great!

10/3/06 11:39 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Caroline: I added links to the text.

Unknown: And what kind of tattoos do you sport?

10/3/06 11:56 a.m.  
Blogger Jaimie said...

This is a lovely illustration. I like the symmetry (sp?)and color variations. I was in Ireland last year and these designs were everywhere. Lots of them in cemeteries. They are kind of mysterious looking.

10/3/06 12:43 p.m.  
Blogger Gise said...

Love this Celtic crosses, your illustration is spectacular.You have a tot of patience. Congratulations.

10/3/06 1:23 p.m.  
Blogger Mick said...

Hi Andrea,
There's something about these repetitive image paintings you've done recently that suits you (me too, come to that!)...these are beautiful.

10/3/06 2:07 p.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

you are so artistic and you always show beauty in everything you touch!

10/3/06 3:15 p.m.  
Blogger albina said...

I can see the attraction. Beautiful work!

10/3/06 7:41 p.m.  
Blogger Calvin said...

Those are great. What's funny about that is that i want to get some new "ink" done and I was thinking about a cross. I may steal a design if you dont mind. That rhymed.

10/3/06 8:24 p.m.  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

beautiful and love the richness of the colour!!

10/3/06 10:34 p.m.  
Blogger Kim Carney said...

The celtic art is perfect. Colors also perfect.

11/3/06 1:00 a.m.  
Anonymous Lina said...

Gloriously colorful - a feast for the eyes!

11/3/06 8:14 a.m.  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

those are so striking all together! Love them. And LOVE photoshop!!

11/3/06 10:02 a.m.  
Blogger The Unknown said...

Ha! No tattoos for me. Although people always seem surprised by that. I guess I look like I should have tattoos.

11/3/06 12:40 p.m.  
Blogger Toni said...

Andrea these are beautiful!! I can picture some great calligraphy next to them.
i love the colors

11/3/06 3:05 p.m.  
Anonymous coeurdenfant said...

have a goog day

11/3/06 10:20 p.m.  
Anonymous Detlef said...

Beauties all of them.

12/3/06 12:27 a.m.  
Blogger Katili said...

A beautiful collage and it's easy to see why you were attracted on these crosses, they have mystical touch on your eyes.

12/3/06 3:19 a.m.  
Blogger the fourth dimension said...

cool crazy art!

12/3/06 10:05 a.m.  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

About two weeks ago, there was an excellent programme on TV here about the Celts, their culture, history, art, etc. Fascinating stuff, I'm sure you'd have loved it.

12/3/06 2:09 p.m.  
Blogger kyknoord said...

One of those designs would be definitely be worth the pain.

12/3/06 9:26 p.m.  
Blogger It is the question said...

Love the mosaic. Reminds me of linocuts. It was such great fun using the same print with different colour combinations.

13/3/06 9:48 a.m.  
Blogger creative kismet said...

Very very cool mosaic of this image!!

13/3/06 12:15 p.m.  
Blogger Belinda said...

Lord help me, I want to own this one, too. See how nice it looks next to Misha? Oh, the want that is in my heart, and the pocketbook that cannot keep up! ;-)

14/3/06 2:43 a.m.  
Blogger The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Love all the colors. Very zen!

14/3/06 3:56 p.m.  
Blogger Sally said...

I love the variations and the colors. They remind me of this project I had to do in a college design class. I can't remember the guidelines for the project by the results were much like the Celtic crosses/links in color variations.

15/3/06 7:34 a.m.  
Blogger tiffinix said...

I love what you have done with the last few illustration fridays as well! And I really enjoyed your Ferdinand post!

16/3/06 10:20 a.m.  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Great paintings... so much more enjoyable than tattoos!. Beautiful colors and intricate work. Thanks for the comments on my sort of non-entry on the topic. Hoping to be inspired by tomorrow's topic.

16/3/06 9:48 p.m.  

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