Friday, March 11, 2011

"Two New ACEO's"

I have been busy working on celtic knotwork design exercises and finally decided it was time to do some ACEO's.  This first one is a variation on a design I learned through exercises in Sheila Sturrock's book, "Celtic Knotwork Designs" ......

In this next ACEO I have combined my love of drawing people with my love for celtic designs and come up with my version of "Irish Eyes Are Smiling". The inspiration for this came from a picture of a mountain man my husband was using for one of his projects. When I saw the picture I saw an Irishman in his kilt and holding his shillelagh (prounounced shih-LAY-lee), a far cry from a gruffy looking mountain man wouldn't you say! Anyway, that is the image I saw in my mind and drew.

I have listed both ACEO's in My Etsy Shop today.  If you get a chance, stop by and visit!

Happy Day!
Karen Anne aka IrelandBrady


  1. Theses are both great as always Karen Anne, I didn't realise that was a shillelagh, I thought for some reason shillelagh's were a musical instrument (DOH) Lovely work :)

  2. Why thank you Shelle! Yeah, shillelagh does sound like it should be a musical instrument! LOL! It's basically a walking stick with a knot or knob at the top which can be used as a defensive weapon, should the need arise. Muggers be ware of an Irish Man with his shillelagh!

  3. Beautiful as always Karen Anne! Thanks for the lesson about the shillelagh! I learn something new everyday ;o)

  4. Thanks for stopping by Stacy! Always delighted to hear from good friends! My husband actually has his great grandfather's cane size shillelagh, it is simple but quite attractive.


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