Púca in Irish is an Irish folklore shape shifting creature. The púca has the power of human speech, and has been known to give advice and lead people away from harm. Considered to be bringers both of good and bad fortune, they could either help or hinder rural communities.
An example of the púca as a benevolent or protective entity comes in tales where the creature intervenes before a terrible accident or before the person is about to happen upon a malevolent fairy or spirit. In several of the regional variants of the stories where the púca is acting as a guardian, the púca identifies itself to the bewildered human. This is particularly noteworthy as it is in contrast to the lore of many other folkloric beings, who guard their identities or names from humans.
Poulnabrone represents one of the very few Irish portal tombs that has been archaeologically investigated. This excavation, uncovered the remains of twenty two people, sixteen adults and six children within the interior of the tomb. Of these bodies only eight could be sexed and these were equally split between males and females.
The bones were disarticulated and appear to have been placed within the tomb in a de-fleshed condition. This suggested a complex burial ritual, where the bodies were firstly stored or buried elsewhere until they decomposed. The bare bones were then transferred to the portal tomb for final interment. A number of the bones contained scorch marks suggesting that they had been held over a flame prior to burial, possibly during a purification ritual.
"We can only begin to live when we conceive life as
I took this photograph on a November morning in 2017 at Tully, the Irish home of the late David A. Lang. The bodhran, in a state of artful repair, resides at Tully and has made several cameo appearances along the way. The photograph, titled "What Brings Us Together" reveals layers of metaphor which the observer is encouraged to explore.
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Feed your creativity in 2019 by marking your calendars for:
Creating Your Vision Photography Workshop
David Lee Black Studios
Galatea Fine Art Gallery | SoWA Boston
460 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA
Date: Sunday, January 13, 2018, 11-1 pm, Meet and greet at 10:30 am
This uniquely experiential event is 39th in a series of wonderful workshops. Together we are growing a community of supportive and talented artists of all skill levels who connect through photography and a love of art.
Creating Your Vision involves professional models interacting with the art of a unique space, often world class art galleries.
We are very excited to be returning to the Galatea Fine Art Gallery |SoWA Boston for this creative event!
We are fortunate to have professional ballet dancer Meredith Wells returning to model and interact with the “Passage . . .” exhibition for this event.
Participants will be instructed on composition, lighting, technical details and creating your own vision in a storytelling way. This event is open to all regardless of ability or camera gear. Even a camera phone is fine.
Free instructional handouts and refreshments provided.
There will also be plenty of helpful guidance and suggestions to enhance your passion for artful photography.
Feel free to invite your friends, family or share this invite!
What to bring:
Your creativity and open mind
Cost: $50 (cash or check)
I have six pieces in this wonderful Providence gallery including this photograph, "The line is busy . . ."
The opening is Saturday, Dec. 15 with music by Mark Taber. Hope to see you!
Free and open to all~
"Nude” National Juried Group Show
27 Dryden Lane
Providence, Rhode Island
Dates: December 15, 2018 - February 23, 2019
Opening Reception: December 15, 6-8 pm
“Speaking, when you have something to say, is like looking. But who looks? If people could see properly, and see whole, they would all be painters. And it's because people have no idea how to look that they hardly ever understand.”
“We're eye doctors."
"What's something about the eye that most people don't realize?"
"The eye doesn't see. The brain sees. The eye just transmits. So what we see isn't only determined by what comes through the eyes. What we see is affected by our memories, our feelings, and by what we've seen before.”
“The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The height of cleverness is in one's ability to be very clever without seeming clever at all.”