Thursday, September 6, 2012

A color character sketch for a book I wrote and illustrated called "The Pirate Meets the Queen", publ.d by Phylomel. On this page we see Granuaile O'Malley, the hero of the story. She's pictured as a child (left), a mother/pirate (lower right) and as a grandmother/pirate (upper right). Granny was a complicated figure. Some in Ireland consider her to be the heart of the nation- an example of courage, ingenuity and grit. Others consider her a traitor for dealing with the British Crown. I think she is simply fascinating. Water color, gouache, 2003.

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