Saturday, December 3, 2011

Saturday Snapshot

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Gra, Dilseacht, Cairdeas


Love, Loyalty, Friendship 

I never share my artwork, although once I had finished this piece, I knew I wanted it to be displayed. The story of the Claddagh was one that I grew up hearing and I wanted to capture the symbol of the hands holding the heart topped with a crown. The only problem that I encountered was how I wanted to capture the emotion of the symbol. I drew up several sketches, yet none of them felt right, and finally it donned on me; the symbol itself was enough.

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The Story of the Claddagh

Long ago, an Irish fisherman named Robert Joyce left his hometown of Galway, Ireland for distant ports. He sailed on a ship bound for the West Indies, but pirates came aboard and took over the vessel. They kidnapped Joyce, and sold him into slavery. He was taken to a goldsmith’s shop, and forced to work there, worlds away from the woman he loved.

Joyce never forgot the Irish woman who owned his heart, and he created the first Claddagh ring as a romantic symbol of their love. His loyalty and commitment to her were illustrated by the charming motifs he chose for the legendary Claddagh ring. Two tiny hands, gently clasping a crowned heart, were wrought from pure gold, and they symbolized the sacred nature of romantic love and faithfulness.

Joyce dreamed of returning to Galway and embracing his love, but instead, he languished for years, honing his skills as the Moorish goldsmith’s assistant. When King William III ordered the release of all slaves in 1689, he gained his freedom at last.

Despite the pleas of his master, who offered him all manner of worldly goods, and even his own daughter as a bride, if only Joyce would stay on and work for him, Joyce was resolute. He would return to his own true love, and make a life with her.

Upon his return, Bruce’s loyalty was rewarded. Margaret, the woman he loved so much, was there waiting for him, just as he had waited for her. And the couple lived out their life together. She wore her Claddagh ring until the end of her days


Until We Meet Again,

Best Wishes,

Angela Renee


Trish said...

What a lovely drawing! Thank you for sharing the story, too. I've seen the image before but never knew the story behind it.

Alyce said...

That looks lovely! I know hands are supposed to be very difficult to draw and they look nice in your drawing.

Jill Buck said...

I think it's great that you are sharing your work. It looks wonderful!

Unknown said...

This is so beautiful! Before I even read what you wrote underneath your drawing, I thought to myself that your picture reminded me of the Claddagh ring...I have my grandmother's and it's beautiful. I love the sentiment that goes with it: "Love, Loyalty, Friendship". My mother's Irish family loved all things Claddagh and I heard the wonderful story quite a bit.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful drawing

Irene said...

Thanks for sharing your art and a wonderful story. I'd never heard of it before.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

That is beautiful. I am familiar with the story.

Louise said...

I've seen the rings before but never knew the story behind them. I love your drawing too- it's fabulous.