I first met Seamus Mc Ardle on facebook, and fell in love with his beautiful drawings. He creates stunning intricate prints full of fine detail and symbolism based on Irish mythology, many of which are available to buy from his website. He has also just written his first picture book for the younger reader, but which is sure to delight child and adult alike. Please check out his website and blog to see the full glory of his artworks. They’d make great Christmas presents!
A long time ago, a time before there were trolls and giants and dragons, there lived a tiny people. They were no bigger than a finger on one of your hands. In the world they lived in, trees, rocks, creatures and little people could all talk to each other.
The little people lived in houses made from mushrooms. The mushroom houses all had little doors, windows and chimney pots. Inside the little houses, beds were made from webs, web beds spun from friendly spiders. Between two sticks the web was spun and on top lay a soft leaf, so you would not stick to it. The beds were warm and would rock you gently to sleep. All their chairs and tables were made from small twigs. the floor was covered in a soft moss, it was nice and soft on their bare feet. The mushroom village looked brilliant at night time. All the windows glowed from the fires inside and the chimney pots gently let out soft smoke.
The Origin Of The First Fairy opens up a fantastical world of adventure, when an evil king sends Fuchsia, one of the little people, into the deep dark forest. The reader will be seized by delight or dread at each twist of the tale. Each revelation on the journey will bring Fushsia closer to the enchanting finale.
You can also see more of his stunning artwork based on tales of Irish mythology, buy prints, and read his blog here.
About Seamus Mc Ardle
Drawing is the foundation of my art, and through drawing you can learn and understand the nature of the world around you, as you can from your imagination. The ancient stories of the Celtic races have always fuelled my imagination, and finally, after many years reading about the legends of Ireland I am starting to depict the tales through my art, mostly in pen and ink.
It is important that the Myths and Legends of Ireland are kept alive, that its profound and wondrous flame should never go out. There are many great writers and interpreters when it comes to Irish Myths and Legends. To name but a few who have influenced my work, would be the writings of Daithi O Hogain, Lady Gregory and T.W Rolleston.
It is also great to hear stories first hand from family or friends, for it was an oral tradition. It is my aim to boil down the stories to their essential meaning, sometimes it may be literal or it could be symbolic. Myths of any kind can be very simple and at the same time very complex, it is always a challenge to interpret them in a simple way and I hope the viewer can get something from my drawings on any level.